Lost, West Virginia, US
2. WV 55 Bridge 3.7 miles above Wardensville to WV 259 Bridge below Wardensville (Dry Gorge)
||II-III(IV) (varies with level)
LedgesPhoto of Rick Koller (BRV) by Bob Maxey (BRV) taken 05/18/02
The Lost River Dry Gorge is up only in the winter, spring or after a prolonged wet period. Much
of the river literally "sinks" above the gorge, only to reemerge on the other side of
the mountain from large springs. Because of this, the riverbed is mostly dry much of the year. A
large bridge for the Corridor H project has been built just downstream of the putin bridge, and a
long stretch of parking was added along the edge of route 55 .
The first few miles are characterized by closely-spaced Class II-III rapids. Strainers can be a
problem. There is a low-water bridge 2/3 of the way through that should be scouted. At favorable
levels, one can run hard right or line up with the jet currents flushing through culverts under
the bridge to ride the flow out of the hydraulic. Portage and scout on the right.
Landslide is the final and major rapid on the run (Class IV due to undercut rock on the right,
part way through the drop) and should be scouted from the river left island. The rapid is a steep
chute featuring offset holes, squirrely current and that undercut. Run center left working right
to avoid a large boulder at the bottom center. The channel remains choked below, so swimming can
be a bruiser.
Portage a second low-water bridge on the right and proceed to the takeout below Wardensville.
There is a popular takeout at the upstream end of Wardenville, but it's hard to find. A
county road that turns at mailbox 26905 appears to be a driveway. It leads to a low bridge and a
cornfield by the river.
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Last Updated: 2018-06-14 19:50:36