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Difficulty I-II
Length 9.9 Miles
Flow Range 150 - 5000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 45 minutes ago 67.2 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 05/19/2013 9:54 pm

River Description

Rapid Descriptions


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David Su
6 years ago

2013 - This section of the Glady Fork of the Cheat is 10 miles from the Rt.33 put-in to the CR-12 bridge near Sully; the shuttle is only about 2.5miles. The first 5 miles is mostly slow meanders as the posted picture; water levels pictured at ~275cfs. In the second 5 miles (example picture posted) we encountered many river-wide blow-downs with some strainers. It appears as if a microburst was recently in the valley, bringing down many full-size trees and many across the river. It significantly slowed progress to the bridge and the 10 mile run took us about 5 hours. Even if there were interest in clearing this river section of the most dangerous strainers, it would take concerted effort and a long time to accomplish. The map indicates a dead end road on the east bank of the river, but we found it barricaded by the Sully Rd. Bridge and it seemed perhaps little used. The river bank was mostly mature mountain laurel which looked little disturbed. If the river were over 300cfs and swifter it should induce great caution about the strainer hazard over the second 5 miles to the CR-12 (Sully Rd.) bridge.

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David Su
6 years ago

mileage map from Rt.33 to CR-12 bridge:

Gage Descriptions

Based on a recommendation by Steve Ettinger. Note that this is an "indicator gage," from a nearby stream in the same watershed. Such indicator gages are best used as a guide--a way to figure out whether it's even worth looking at the stream or not.

The Parsons Gauge can also be used as an indicator of boatable flows. It should be between 5.0' and 7.0'.

Directions Description

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

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)

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

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.

Matt Muir


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