Meadow, West Virginia, US
3. Route 19 Bridge to confluence with the Gauley River (Lower Meadow)
||V (for normal flows)
Oh Snap!Photo of Big Pimpin' aka Justin Burd by Bryan Tudor taken 09/15/04 @ @1600cfs
Gradient, mile by mile: 60, 150, 110, 70, and 50 (in the last 0.8 mile).
That might not sound too impressive, but the creek is populated by terrible undercuts. Three
fatalities, all excellent boaters, are listed in the Accident Database
. The Lower
Meadow has a scary reputation for a reason!
Listed below are some of the major rapids. There is much "boogie" water that ranges in the IV to
IV+ range. Do NOT try this run without a guide that has made many, many trips down this river.
There is not much room for error.
Directions to th put in: Coming from Fayetteville, go north on rt19 untill you drive over the
Meadow River. Right after the bridge there will be a place in the median to bust a u-turn. After
making that u-turn park next to gaurd rail on the well worn strip. From Summersville just take rt
19 south and stop and park before going over the Meadow River.
Directions to the takeout: The good thing about paddling the Lower Meadow is that you get the Upper
Gauley thrown in at no extra charge. You will end up in the big pool above Lost Paddle. For more
information on rapids, great directions and important info, click over the Upper G page here
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Last Updated: 2018-09-13 01:51:23