Glade Creek (New River tributary) - Beckley Water Supply Reservoir to the confluence with Pinch Creek

Glade Creek (New River tributary), West Virginia, US


Beckley Water Supply Reservoir to the confluence with Pinch Creek (Upper Glade)

Usual Difficulty IV (for normal flows)
Length 5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 150 fpm
Max Gradient 150 fpm

Pothole Eater

Pothole Eater
Photo by Brad Roberts taken 04/08/02 @ Low water

River Description

Takeout Latitude: 37,45,50N

Takeout Longitude: 81,02,37W

Good intro to creeking. Some cool boulder drops. Mostly bedrock rapids. One ten foot waterfall about 2/3s of the way down. A nice 4 stage waterfall right above the takeout. There is an old logging road down the river right side, making for easy portages.

The takeout is at the parking area where the pinch creek enters Glade Creek or continue on for another 7 miles of similiar whitewater.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2009-05-24 13:34:51

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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January 17 2013 (2192 days ago)
jason EmersonDetails
If you're planning on running Glade Creek in Raleigh make sure you leave enough time and daylight
for scouting and portaging. There is some wood in nearly every rapid. We had 4 mandatory portages,
one mandatory monkey crawl, and two pins on logs. What normally takes us 1:45-2 hours took 3. When
you go take a saw, a rope and your "A" game.
January 28 2006 (4737 days ago)
Robert FarmerDetails
I'd call it Class 4-5. There are two big falls, one next to the road, that are a bit stiff with a
lot of water. The long, smooth bedrock slides are fun, but a little intimidating if you don't know
what's ahead.
August 14 2003 (5636 days ago)
Paddle Recovered, A big thanks to Matt McMillion!!!!
May 2 2002 (6104 days ago)
Hey there, I lost a paddle on this run. Its a Pothole Slasher, and has my name on it. Lost it on
Sunday april 28 about a mile above the take out. There is a reward for it. Email me at