Date: May 30 2003, 2:38 GMT
McCreery to Stonecliff
Cross to the river right side on Route 41 and turn left onto CR-25, then follow it all the way to Stonecliff.
Or take Route 41 south (toward Beckley) and then go right on Route 61. When you get to Glen Jean find CR-25 and take it down to Thurmond. When you get to Thurmond CR-25 will turn right and follow the New upstream to StoneCliff.
Meadow Creek to McCreery
From I-64 take exit 138 and follow CR-7 to Meadow Creek. To get to McCreery from there you can go back to I-64, take it to exit 124 (East Beckley). Then go right and the road you are on will join with Business Route 19 (Eisenhower Drive). Take that road to US 41 and turn right on US 41 to go down to McCreery.
Another way to get to McCreery from Meadow Creek it to stay on river right. Take CR7-1 from Meadow Creek thru Claypool. When you get to Rt 20 turn left and and go a short distance to CR-31. Turn left onto CR-31 and take it to Route 41 (going thru Danese on your way). When you get to Route 41 turn left and drive down to the New. Croos the New and you are at McCreery.
Did the Glade Creek to Grandview section over the summer at 1' on the virtual gauge. The first drop is a pretty good one at that level with fairly large wave trains and pourovers to avoid, a solid class 2, maybe 2+. I was quite surprised something that large was on this part. Slackwater is tolerable and not too long before the next set of shoals or shallow ledges is experienced. One more drop of note is toward the end, again a fairly good sized rapid with the more interesting route being through the center, avoiding pourover rocks on the left. Easier stuff is on the right. Continuing past Grandview to McCreery does not net any interesting rapids and was mainly flatwater at the gauge level.
The dirt shuttle road follows the river the entire way and parking at Glade Creek and Grandview is large but fills quickly on weekends and holidays. As of this summer, parking at McCreery is only allowed across the road, so don't leave your car in the lot off the river or it may be towed according to the sign.
This is one of the nicest stretches of private mild whitewater and fishing on the New. Beautiful remote area with abundant wildlife, frequent rapids, short pools (mostly) and lack of commercial boats/tourists make this my family vacation destination.
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Earlier this month the National Park Service released their new draft management plan for the New River Gorge National River. The analysis accompanying the plan explores five alternatives representing different strategies that are all targeted at protecting the ecological, cultural, historical, and recreational values of the river corridor. The Park Service has selected their prefered alternative and has requested public comments on their draft plan and analysis between now and April 1, 2010.
Nancy Kell, a very experienced Mid-States kayaker, died on February 24th after flipping in a Class II rapid on West Virginia's Red Creek. There were a number of strainers in the vicinity above and below the water. One of them snagged her tow tether, pulled her out of her boat, and held her under water. She was with a very experienced crew but they could not reach her quickly enough. Equipment snags are a real risk. In the light of this accident I strongly urge anyone using a cowtail, pigtail, or tow tether to recheck your setup, and to consider whether wearing a tow tether makes sense. Be certain that your tether releases cleanly at both ends. Do not attach the front carabiner to a non-releasable point, like a pocket or strap. Ms. Kell did this, and it may have been a contributing factor. Apparently many current rescue PFD designs to not feature a front release point! Do not attach a tether to the rear of your PFD with a non-locking carabiner, as that may inadvertently clip into a rope. The tether should fit very snugly, without sagging, but as the photo shows Ms. Kell did that, and it did not protect her! The harness release should be quick and foolproof. Practice harness releases under pressure before using it on the river. Finally, remember that any additional strap is a potential snag hazard. Ask yourself if the usefulness of a tow tether is worth the risk, especially on small, strainer infrested creeks. Carry it in a PFD pocket or dry bag if necessary. Click for a link to the report in the AW Accident Database. (Jeff Macklin Photo)
Get your groove on baby! This year Gauley Fest is a 60’s themed event to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. To memorialize that historic event we are flashing back to another era for a 60’s throwdown. Started in 1983 to celebrate the derailment of a hydro-electric project that would have disrupted the flows on the Gauley River, Gauley Fest has grown to become the largest paddling festival in the world.
American Whitewater received the following open letter to boaters from the rangers and staff of the Gauley River National Recreation Area. This letter will keep you up to date on important management actions of the National Park Service on the Gauley River. Enjoy your paddling season on this classic whitewater river. As in past years, American Whitewater has leased the field above Masons Branch, also known as the Legg field, for overflow parking.
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