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Difficulty IV-V+
Length 0.3 Miles
Gauge KANAWHA RIVER AT KANAWHA FALLS, WV
Flow Range 1500 - 10000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 20 minutes ago 2590 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 09/30/2003 2:04 am

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.

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clay wright
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2 years ago

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.

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Marshall Wade Westfall
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2 years ago

Many folks running this again. Nobody getting arrested.

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11 years ago

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.

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11 years ago

Google Earth "Glen Ferris, WV". Panoramia has some great pictures of the falls. They're awesome.

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Date Flow Result Factor  
2003-03-27 High Fatality Solo Paddling Read More

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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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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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John Petretich

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