Elk River - 4. Webster Springs to CR7 bridge and gauging station


Elk River, West Virginia, US

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4. Webster Springs to CR7 bridge and gauging station (Down Elk)

Usual Difficulty II-III (for normal flows)
Length 17.3 Miles
Avg. Gradient 25 fpm
Max Gradient 25 fpm

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Photo by John Duke taken 04/05/03 @ 5.2

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
ELK RIVER BELOW WEBSTER SPRINGS, WV
usgs-03194700 4.50 - 8.00 ft II-III 00h47m 3.85 ft (too low)


River Description

CFS at recommended paddling levels: 4.5' = 400cfs, 8.0 = 5,000 cfs from USGS rating table #26.
4.5 - 5.0' low water, plenty of rock dodging and occasional scraping
5.1 - 6.5' moderate water, nice intermediate run.
6.6 - 8.0' high water, big fluffy waves/hydralics, big river class 3- to 3+
10.0+ Flood stage
At low water conditions most boaters will want to do a shorter trip by using as a take-out/ put-in the Sandy Beach about 9 road miles down Elk on CR 7. At levels below 4.8 and approaching the minimum of 4.5' boaters commonly only do the second part of the run called "Way Down Elk".
The take-out is also know by the locals by various names such as: Clifton Ford bridge, Hans McCourt bridge, Bridge to Nowhere, Million Dollar Bridge. At levels below 4.8 most boaters take out at the "Pines" (definitely Hemlocks) about 1 1/2 mile short of the bridge.
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2009-05-26 00:17:11

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