We love paddling this one when the flow is around five or six thousand CFS. There are just 16 miles of terrific big 6 foot and relatively consequence free surfing waves. Beautiful valley. Surf, Surf, Surf!
4 months ago
by Linda and Wes Barthwick
6 years ago
The Webster Springs gauge is located 17 river miles downstream of the put-in.It is on river right immediately before the bridge crossing the river. It has an outside staff gauge that can be read directly. No major tributaries and just a few small tributaries flow into the Elk between this gauge and the put-in. Thus this gauge gives a very good indication of the stage and flow paddlers will experience of this section.
The NWS sets 10' as flood stage.
There is a visual gauge on the CR 15/4 bridge pier at Cherry Falls.This is several miles above the put-in at the city park on Bakers Island. This gauge reads 4.0' lower then the Webster Springs gauge at recommended paddling levels. Be aware that the Back Fork joins the Elk River below this visual gauge.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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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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