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Difficulty I-III
Length 11 Miles
Gauge SHAVERS FORK NR CHEAT BRIDGE, WV
Flow Range 6.00 - 8.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 20 minutes ago 4.73 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 09/19/2016 6:27 pm

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Peter Whiteis
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8 years ago

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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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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1192150 10/18/03 n/a n/a
1206875 09/19/16 Steve McLuckie relocated put in and take out