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Difficulty I-II
Length 9.8 Miles
Flow Range 11.70 - 16.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 49 minutes ago 11.52 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 10/23/2004 3:09 pm

River Description

An alternative put-in that deletes one mile of flat water paddling may be made at Allingdale at the confluence of Strouds Creek and the Gauley River.
The section below the Cranberry contains the most gradient (20'/mile) and rapids.
This section also includes RF1 05050005047.

Rapid Descriptions


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11 years ago

This is a nice run for a liesurely day of paddling with easily negotiated rapids for the novice but requires enough skill to keep the intermediate paddler intrigued. Don't try this at anything below a gauge level of 11 ft. or you will spend more time dragging and walking than you do floating and paddling.

Gage Descriptions

The Cragsville gauge is located 10 river miles downstream of the put-in. Two major tributaries (Cranberry, Cherry) flow into the Gauley between this gauge and the put-in. Thus this gauge can only be used as an indicator.

Directions Description

We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

Date Flow Result Factor  
1984-08-02 Medium Fatality Inexperience Read More



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Gauley Fest - September 13-16, 2018 - Summersville, WV

Mark Singleton

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.

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2018 Letter To Gauley Boaters From The NPS (WV)

Mark Singleton

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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Cheat Canyon Settlement Reached; Land Set Aside for Endangered Species

Charles Walbridge

After two years of intense negotiations an agreement reached to protect endangered species in the Cheat River Canyon. Allegheny Wood Products acquired roughly 5,000 acres in the Cheat Canyon below Albright, WV in 2003 for $9.75 million. When they began building roads and cutting trees the following year the government took no steps to enforce the Endangered Species Act. A lawsuit was filed in 2005 by Friends of Blackwater Canyon, the WV Chapter of the Sierra Club, and the Cheat Lake Environmental and Recreational Association. Although American Whitewater was not a party to the litigation we are gratified that an agreement was reached and commend both parties for their efforts.

Turner Sharp


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1192894 10/23/04 Turner Sharp n/a