Bluestone - 2. Eads Mill to Bluestone State Park


Bluestone, West Virginia, US

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2. Eads Mill to Bluestone State Park (Also includes RF 05050002004 and RF 05050002003)

Usual Difficulty II-III (for normal flows)
Length 21.3 Miles
Avg. Gradient 20 fpm
Max Gradient 40 fpm

Takeout at Pipestem Tram


Takeout at Pipestem Tram
Photo taken 08/10/14 @ 7.00 ft

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
BLUESTONE RIVER NEAR PIPESTEM, WV
usgs-03179000 4.00 - 10.00 ft II-III 01h13m 3.48 ft (too low)


River Description

The first mile of this run to just beyond the confluence of Brush Creek which comes in on river right has the most gradient(40'/mile). It is a 10.9 mile paddle to the Tramway at Pipestem State Park. When the Tram is running one may haul boats and bodies out of the gorge by prior arrangement. Call 304- 466 - 1800 ext. 394 at Pipestem Lodge. They usually start operating sometime in April but it is advisable to call because high winds,mechanical problems, inspections, etc., quite commonly shut down operations. If paddling beyond the Tram there is only one or two rapids and then several miles of class 1 water and then miles of flat water caused by the back up of waters from the Bluestone Dam. Take out may be made at boat launching ramps at Old Mill camping area or Meador Camping area in Bluestone State Park or at the WV 20 bridge at the mouth of the Bluestone River. They are all on river left.
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A 10 1/2 mile section of this river is a Scenic River administered by the National Park Service under the National Wild and Scenic River Act
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2014-08-17 16:40:57

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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March 19 2011 (2495 days ago)
WVTom (152877)
Ran this 3/17/11 at a level of 4.6. There is a boat eating strainer river left, maybe 100yds after
Brush fork comes in. It's a forked tree and the fork is only about 1 foot out of the water at this
level, one fork submerges (to pin) and the other is exposed and broken (to push you under). A small
boulder that forms the rapid above this hazard hides it pretty well for the unsuspecting......
Also, don't get distracted by the beautiful cliffs that are the backdrop for these rapids.


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