Williams, West Virginia, US
2. Tea Creek to Three Forks of Williams
||III-IV (for normal flows)
Typical rapid on the Williams, Section 2
Typical rapid on the Williams, Section 2Photo of Typical Rapid on Williams, Section 2 by D. Keller taken 05/15/10 @ low runnable level
This is a great small stream with lots of laurel and trout fishermen. The latter are particularly
abundant after stocking. If you like intimate water with lots of eddy-hopping you will find it
This stretch begins with a short section of class II water after the putin just below the bridge
crossing the Williams at Tea Creek CG. After this the Williams is almost constant class III
eddy-hopping and playing. At higher levels it is a solid class III/IV run. Almost the entire run
is scoutable from the road (FS 86). It is also quite possible to shorten the run - just find a
convenient pull-off on FS 86 as far downriver as you want to paddle and park your takeout
Our first run on the Williams was just before Memorial Day, 2000. We saw that the Craigsville
gauge was running about 13 feet and the Cranberry gauge was too low to run so we headed over to
the Cherry. When we got there the Cherry was too low to run. Let's see - there are 4 major
streams that provide water for the Craigsville gauge - the top reaches of the Gauley, the
Williams, the Cranberry, and the Cherry. Since the last two didn't have much water it had to
be the Williams or the Gauley. We took a chance and headed to the Williams. The folks at the
Cranberry Visitor Center verified our suspicion when they told us that there had been a
significant, isolated thunderstorm in the upper reaches of the Williams.
Putin: Bridge on FS 86 (off WV 150) at Tea Creek CG.
Takeout: Bridge on FS 86 at Three Forks of the Williams.
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Last Updated: 2012-09-26 15:35:12