This reach has some rapids and a substantial amount of flatwater. Aside from its intrinsic value as an off-the-beaten-path run, it can serve as the end to a Big Sandy or Cheat Canyon run when the roads into the Canyon are in their worst wintry shape.
If you were looking for the Cheat Canyon, click here. For the (Lower) Big Sandy, click here. And if you're interested in the Cheat Narrows, click here.
7 years ago
by Robert Farmer
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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.
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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