Meadow - 1. East Rainelle to Russellville

Meadow, West Virginia, US


1. East Rainelle to Russellville (Upper Meadow)

Usual Difficulty III-IV+(V) (for normal flows)
Length 15 Miles
Avg. Gradient 32 fpm
Max Gradient 64 fpm

Bernie dropping the Weir

Bernie dropping the Weir
Photo of Bernie Farley by Brian Rahall taken 05/21/05 @ +/- 1800cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Meadow at Mt Lookout WV
wvcoe-mtmm7 700 - 3000 cfs III-IV+(V) 4y263d07h18m 1757 cfs (running)
usgs-03190000 700 - 3000 cfs III-IV+(V) 00h33m 299 cfs (too low)

River Description

8 miles of flat water, 4 miles of "The Rapid", and 3 miles of relatively flat water.
Putin: From US 60 in Rainelle drive north on CR 60/1 for about 3 miles. To cut out the flat water and put in about 1/2 mile below the trestle follow the dirt road from the takeout on river right. Keep taking right turns (3 of them) until you see the river.
Takeout: Just above the bridge on Nutterwood Road which is just off WV 41.
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2007-04-21 08:36:32


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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May 11 2014 (1711 days ago)
Paul SchulteDetails
Paddled the Upper Meadow today with 764 cfs on the Nallen gauge. It was comparable to about 850-900
cfs on the old Mt. Lookout gauge, which is in the ballpark of the USGS data that states the Nallen
gauge is about 80% of the old Mt. Lookout gauge. Mid-700's was getting scrapey. I'd say mid to low
700's on the Nallen gauge is the low end of good. The road to the put-in is in very good condition.
It's been graded, and most of it has new gravel on it. Unless there's snow on the ground, I'd drive
a two-wheel-drive car on it.
May 10 2014 (1712 days ago)
David GreenwaldDetails
The Mt. Lookout gauge (USGS site 03190400) appears to no longer be available. However the Nallen
gauge (USGS site 03190000) is available and is closer to this section. A reduction of the USGS data
for 4/1/2013 to 3/30/2014 shows the flow at Nallen was 80.0 % of the Mt Lookout flow when mt
Lookout was between 1000 and 2000 cfs.
March 3 2007 (4337 days ago)
Robert FarmerDetails
In Corrine Walter's posting, I meant to say, "drive west" for 1/4 mile to Corliss Rd. Oops! Also,
at good levels, I consider this to be the ultimate Class 4---great fun!!!
June 4 2004 (5338 days ago)
Corrine PierceDetails
A good put-in: from takeout bridge, head east for a quarter mile; turn left up Corliss Rd. Turn
left at top of hill. Go left at T. Veer right, through Corliss. Follow road over hill to a tiny
creek down by the river. Hike ~1/2 mi to Meadow. This cuts out ~6 miles of flatwater, and allows
~one mile of warm-up. ---Robert Farmer
April 23 2004 (5381 days ago)
trey colemanDetails
I would say the ideal level is 800 - 1000cfs as its real technical and not too pushy. I've heard at
2000+ it gets pretty big, but it has some great, low-stress, technical elements that you lose at
higher flows. If everything else is too high, this is a great fall-back and you won't be bored. The
shuttle is pretty tricky if your trying to cut out the flatwater though as it is miles of a dirt
road through clear-cut land.
July 26 2001 (6383 days ago)
Dan MirolliDetails
I've done the Upper meadow twice. The first time at about 1250 cfs and the second over about 2200
and rising. At the first level, I'd say the river was class III- lower class IV. At the higher
level it was very difficult and I'd say it was in the solid class IV - lower class V range. A swim
would have really been a bad idea at higher water. A fantastic run at 1200 cfs+ though.