Kanawha River - Kanawha Falls near Gauley Bridge

Kanawha River, West Virginia, US


Kanawha Falls near Gauley Bridge

Usual Difficulty IV-V+ (for normal flows)
Length 0.3 Miles

the fall

the fall

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03193000 1500 - 10000 cfs IV-V+ 00h56m 13000 cfs (too high)

River Description

Kanawa Falls is interesting. You can put in at the park below the falls and paddle back up to them. You will find that the falls are incredibly undercut. There is a crack you can paddle up into that adds a little excitement but be very very careful, you'll have to back out.

Boaters have run the falls before but they are strictly off limits now. If you decide to run any of the drops will very likely get arrested. There are warning signs all over the place.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2003-09-30 02:04:08


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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October 6 2016 (834 days ago)
clay wrightDetails
Falls are LEGAL again! Perfect low water park n huck - class 3-4 from 4-6000 but more lines open up
and some of the main ones get rowdy at higher flows. Thee is a rapid river left with a boof / hole
at the bottom. The main falls lines are river right, you can see these from the parking lot, but
there are several in the middle as well. Nothing over 18' but 5 different 15'ers to run with hike
up in between. There's even a great squirt seam below the rapid from 4000 to 6000! Cool spot - just
be respectful of the fisherman.
September 12 2016 (858 days ago)
mwesnav (158458)
Many folks running this again. Nobody getting arrested.
August 18 2008 (3805 days ago)
x (1)
It is too bad there is no access allowed anymore. When I lived in the area we would run different
sections of the falls. It was great for many times when nothing else in the area is running.
July 18 2008 (3836 days ago)
x (1)
Google Earth "Glen Ferris, WV". Panoramia has some great pictures of the falls. They're awesome.