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Difficulty III-IV
Length 4.8 Miles
Gauge BUCKHANNON R AT BUCKHANNON, WV
Flow Range 7.00 - 11.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 36 minutes ago 4.9 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 01/03/2006 7:51 pm

River Description


Joseph Greiner wrote:

We ran this on 5/4/2002 at 8.4 and falling slowly on the Buckhannon gauge. Cannot believe this stretch does not get more traffic. It's delightful and interesting and scenic and remote.

SHUTTLE. easier than the book says. It is easy to find Sago. We parked upstream of the bridge in Sago about a mile where the road widened and there was a clear place to park. From there we continued upstream and the paved road turned away from the river and went through a coal mine and breaking operation. Continue on this paved road up and up until you come to Big Bend Church on your left. At this point you can turn to the right down a very good looking gravel road (WRONG!!) or you can go straight ahead down what looks like a little traveled dirt road (CORRECTO MUNDO!!). This road starts downhill almost immediately and after about 2-3 miles...you're in Tenmile. The road is fine to travel and unless there is a washout or something, any vehicle can travel it. (We had a Ford Van and later a Plymouth Reliant.) Total time about 15 minutes or less. As of 5/4/2002 we were told by a local to park and put in on River Right upstream of the bridge. According to a resident, this property has been purchased by the state of WV. This property is "Kamp Rippling Waters." (The owners, Neil & Barb, say "Kamp Rippling Waters is privately owned as a 'get-away' cabin but we still allow access to the river. We just ask that the property and river be treated with respect. And if we are there, stop in long enough to say Hi.")

THE RIVER: guidebook has it about right. At the level we ran it at (using Nantahala Falls as reference rapid at class III-), we four thought that about 4-5 rapids deserved a rating (depending on the rapid) from about a class III- to a III+ or maybe IV- ratings. All scoutable and walkable, although none of us walked any. None of them surprised us. The river is approximately pool and drop in character. Don't let the gradient in the guide book of 53 fpm fool you. If one takes out the flat last mile then the gradient goes to about 70-75 fpm and that is about what it felt like. If you like the Upper Meadow at about 6 feet or the Middle Fork at 3.5-4.5, try this one at 7.0-9.0 some day. I predict a pleasant surprise.

Rapid Descriptions

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Robert Farmer
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12 years ago

The first drop below Ten Mile has bad sieves to the center and right (i.e. no passable channel, river goes under rocks). Stay left!!! Scout to be sure. This is a very pleasant run, but keep an eye out for logs. The shuttle is easy.

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Joseph Greiner
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17 years ago

We ran this on 5/4/2002 at 8.4 and falling slowly on the Buckhannon gauge. Cannot believe this stretch does not get more traffic. It's delightful and interesting and scenic and remote.
SHUTTLE. easier than the book says. It is easy to find Sago. We parked upstream of the bridge in Sago about a mile where the road widened and there was a clear place to park. From there we continued upstream and the paved road turned away from the river and went through a coal mine and breaking operation. Continue on this paved road up and up until you come to Big Bend Church on your left. At this point you can turn to the right down a very good looking gravel road (WRONG!!) or you can go straight ahead down what looks like a little traveled dirt road (CORRECTO MUNDO!!). This road starts downhill almost immediately and after about 2-3 miles...you're in Tenmile. The road is fine to travel and unless there is a washout or something, any vehicle can travel it. (We had a Ford Van and later a Plymouth Reliant.) Total time about 15 minutes or less. As of 5/4/2002 we were told by a local to park and put in on river right upstream of the bridge. According to a resident, this property has been purchased by the state of WV. On 5/4/2002 the property still had a sign on it proclaiming it to be "Kamp Rippling Waters".
THE RIVER: guidebook has it about right. At the level we ran it at (using Nantahala Falls as reference rapid at class III-), we four thought that about 4-5 rapids deserved a rating (depending on the rapid) from about a class III- to a III+ or maybe IV- ratings. All scoutable and walkable, although none of us walked any. None of them surprised us. The river is approximately pool and drop in character. Don't let the gradient in the guide book of 53 fpm fool you. If one takes out the flat last mile then the gradient goes to about 70-75 fpm and that is about what it felt like. If you like the Upper Meadow at about 6 feet or the Middle Fork at 3.5-4.5, try this one at 7.0-9.0 some day. I predict a pleasant surprise.

Gage Descriptions

NWS sets flood stage at 23 feet.
The gauge is located 10 miles downstream of the takeout.

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Gauley Fest - September 13-16, 2018 - Summersville, WV

9/4/2018
Mark Singleton

Get your groove on baby! This year Gauley Fest is a 60’s themed event to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. To memorialize that historic event we are flashing back to another era for a 60’s throwdown. Started in 1983 to celebrate the derailment of a hydro-electric project that would have disrupted the flows on the Gauley River, Gauley Fest has grown to become the largest paddling festival in the world.

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2018 Letter To Gauley Boaters From The NPS (WV)

8/21/2018
Mark Singleton

American Whitewater received the following open letter to boaters from the rangers and staff of the Gauley River National Recreation Area. This letter will keep you up to date on important management actions of the National Park Service on the Gauley River. Enjoy your paddling season on this classic whitewater river. As in past years, American Whitewater has leased the field above Masons Branch, also known as the Legg field, for overflow parking.

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Cheat Canyon Settlement Reached; Land Set Aside for Endangered Species

2/13/2007
Charles Walbridge

After two years of intense negotiations an agreement reached to protect endangered species in the Cheat River Canyon. Allegheny Wood Products acquired roughly 5,000 acres in the Cheat Canyon below Albright, WV in 2003 for $9.75 million. When they began building roads and cutting trees the following year the government took no steps to enforce the Endangered Species Act. A lawsuit was filed in 2005 by Friends of Blackwater Canyon, the WV Chapter of the Sierra Club, and the Cheat Lake Environmental and Recreational Association. Although American Whitewater was not a party to the litigation we are gratified that an agreement was reached and commend both parties for their efforts.
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