Meadow - 2. Nallen to Route 19 Bridge

Meadow, West Virginia, US


2. Nallen to Route 19 Bridge (Middle Meadow)

Usual Difficulty III-IV (for normal flows)
Length 5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 39 fpm
Max Gradient 39 fpm

Miracle Mile - Middle Meadow

Miracle Mile - Middle Meadow
Photo of Kevin McCloud by Jaime Stratton

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Meadow at Mt Lookout WV
wvcoe-mtmm7 500 - 2000 cfs III-IV 3y206d03h27m 1757 cfs (running)
usgs-03190000 500 - 2000 cfs III-IV 00h41m 496 cfs (too low)

River Description

You can avoid a bit of flat water by opting to put in about 1 mile above the Wilderness PSD water plant instead of going all the way up to the Route 41 bridge at Nallen. The locals call the mile above the water plant the "Miracle Mile". It is almost continuous class II/III+ rapids with lots of play spots. This section often collects trees and debris so watch out for strainers. It's also a good idea to choose your lines carefully and watch out for undercuts - they are everywhere.

There is a potentially deadly pinning spot (especially a levels below 1000 cfs) in the second major rapid. This rapid can be identified from upstream by a large boulder in the center near the top of the rapid and a house sized boulder on river right at the bottom of the rapid (with numerous trees growning on top). The majority of the water flows to the right of the center rock and over a 3' ledge. Just below the ledge is a flat rock that is barely under water at 650 cfs. This rock creates the pinning situation (or a very sore back caused by boofing onto the flat rock). There is a small slot to the left of the center boulder that is a better line if it is not blocked by strainers and another line around the ledge along the far right side of the river. The photo "Terminal Hole in Miracle Mile" shows the ledge and the flat rock. You can also see the flow around the far side of the center rock (the riover left line). The far right line brings the boater back to the center of the river just above the slanting rock at the front of the raft.

The Miracle Mile is a good section for checking out the boating skills of the group while you still have a chance to easily get off the river. Once you pass the water plant, Route 41 veers away from the river and there is no easy way to take off the river (although an abandonded railroad line runs along river left if you really need to get off).

Whatever you do, make sure you don't miss the takeout under the Route 19 bridge. If you do you will be in for a surprise on the Lower Meadow!

Putin: Route 41 bridge at Nallen or 1 mile above Wilderness PSD water plant

Takeout: Route 19 Bridge

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2006-03-11 19:13:24

Rapid Descriptions

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