Ran this section at 6.2 yesterday in a 14' paddle cataraft. The first 6-7 miles were class 1 rock garden style rapids. Very scenic. After a reclaimed strip mine area, you pass an abandoned bridge and the river starts to take on a ledge-drop character with the rapids gradually increasing in difficulty. There were probably 3 or 4 I'd rate a class 3. There was some question about whether or not we had missed the takeout, and would end up walking out at High Falls (next section). Turns out, McGee run is marked on the river with a sign saying "Leaving Catch and Release Area" cabled over the river. You can also see the parking lot on left if you're keeping an eye out.
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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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