Meadow - 2. Nallen to Route 19 Bridge


Meadow, West Virginia, US

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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 3y232d18h35m 1757 cfs (running)
MEADOW RIVER AT NALLEN, WV
usgs-03190000 500 - 2000 cfs III-IV 00h50m 70.3 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

Miracle Mile - Middle Meadow

Detail Trip Report  Miracle Mile - Middle Meadow  Middle Meadow, WV(20.41KB .jpeg)

Terminal Hole in Miracle Mile

Detail Trip Report  Terminal Hole in Miracle Mile  Meadow, WV(71.42KB .jpeg)

Pinned boat mid pull

Detail Trip Report  Pinned boat mid pull  Meadow, WV(58.74KB .jpeg)

Attaching the pull rope to the pinned boat

Detail Trip Report  Attaching the pull rope to the pinned boat  Meadow, WV(52.72KB .jpeg)

Rope attached

Detail Trip Report  Rope attached  Meadow, WV(70.73KB .jpeg)

Broken Waterstick

Detail Trip Report  Broken Waterstick  Meadow, WV(82.84KB .jpeg)

Middle Meadow - 03

Detail Trip Report  Middle Meadow - 03  Meadow, WV(47.59KB .jpeg)

Middle Meadow - first rapid

Detail Trip Report  Middle Meadow - first rapid  Meadow, WV(43.47KB .jpeg)

Middle Meadow 01

Detail Trip Report  Middle Meadow 01  Meadow, WV(44.59KB .jpeg)

Middle Meadow - 02

Detail Trip Report  Middle Meadow - 02  Meadow, WV(43.93KB .jpeg)

Middle Meadow - Jason Snead

Detail Trip Report  Middle Meadow - Jason Snead  Meadow, WV(41.78KB .jpeg)

Middle Meadow

Detail Trip Report  Middle Meadow  @Meadow 2. Nallen to Route 19 Bridge, WV(2.33MB .jpeg)


Gauge Information

Gauge Description:

The USGS gauge is located near the confluence of the Meadow and Gauley (a few miles below the Route 19 bridge that marks the end of the Middle Meadow.

The suggested minimum flow for the Middle Meadow is 500 cfs, although it has been run at lower flows. As the level flow rises, so does the difficulty. The maximum suggested level is 2,000 cfs.

The headwaters of the Meadow River are south of Rainelle. When that area gets rain, it often is not reflected in the USGS gauge at Mt. Lookout until the next day (about 24 hours later). You can find the rainfall amount for the past 24 hours at www.afws.net/data/wv/Greenbrier.htm. Look at the data for the rain gauge Meadow Bluff.
   

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Meadow at Mt Lookout WV
wvcoe-mtmm7 500 - 2000 cfs III-IV 3y232d18h35m 1757 cfs (running)

RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
500 -2000 cfs barely runnable-high runnable III-IV
MEADOW RIVER AT NALLEN, WV
usgs-03190000 500 - 2000 cfs III-IV 00h50m 70.3 cfs (too low)
New gauge as of 2012. Leave comments about boatable range.
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
500 -2000 cfs barely runnable-high runnable III-IV

Report - Reports of Meadow 2. Nallen to Route 19 Bridge and related gauges

Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.

Reports

When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
Middle Meadow [WV] Miracle Mile - Middle Meadow n/a Charles and Nancy Brabec
2y270d16h03m /Meadow-2. Nallen to Route 19 Bridge [WV] Middle Meadow 1400 cfs Matt Jackson
> 10 years Meadow [WV] Middle Meadow - Jason Snead 900 cfs John Petretich
> 10 years Meadow [WV] Broken Waterstick 550 Rody Walter
> 10 years Meadow [WV] Middle Meadow - first rapid 1800 cfs John Petretich

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