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Difficulty II-III+
Length 6 Miles
Gauge GAULEY RIVER NEAR CRAIGSVILLE, WV
Flow Range 13.90 - 16.90 FT
Flow Rate as of: 48 minutes ago 11.23 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 08/22/2016 4:01 pm

River Description


This is a nice class II-III+ run with a fairly constant gradient. The bigger rapids are all scoutable from the road on your drive up to the putin. While scouting look for strainers. Also watch out for logs broached on large rocks.

Putin: The bridge about 1/2 mile above Beech Lick Run - or further upstream if you so desire.

Takeout: The bridge in front of the Richwood School (behind the plaza in town).

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Gage Descriptions

The Craigsville gauge is an approximation. The paddler's gauge on the Cherry at Fenwick is a better approximation and it should be above 2 feet.

The Craigsville gauge conversion table for feet-to-cfs is approximately:
11 feet = 510 cfs
12 feet = 1460 cfs
13 feet = 3200 cfs
14 feet = 5550 cfs
15 feet = 8500 cfs

Directions Description


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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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Charles and Nancy Brabec

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Steve McLuckie

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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1192155 08/04/04 Charles and Nancy Brabec n/a
1206769 08/22/16 Steve McLuckie Deleted ancient strainer info