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Difficulty I-III
Length 8.9 Miles
Flow Range 125 - 5000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 90.8 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 04/30/2012 3:10 pm

River Description

There is a concrete/culvert low water bridge about 1/2 mile above the confluence with the Dry Fork. It is easy to spot but do not get to close. Portage on right or take-out here. When the Evenwood gauge is 5.5' and higher the bridge will be underwater so access is blocked for a longer trip with a take-out on the Dry Fork.

Also see the other sections of the Glady Fork:

1, Glady to US 33 Bridge (I-II)
2. US 33 Bridge to CR 12 bridge near Sully (I-II)

Rapid Descriptions


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mike winn
8 years ago

Ran this 3/21/2011 several strainers in this river especially above the sully bridge. i put in just off of Rt 33 a mile past the alpine shores hotel, the first 7 miles of this is class 2 water but very quick, there is a wire stretched across the river about neck high. When you see a wire fence and posted signs be looking for this wire as if the water is high it could create some serious problems. This is a fun warm up paddle. After the bridge at sully the river turns into a very nice class 2 to 3 run with lots of twists and turns. this runs right along the glady fork campground, some nice small holes to surf if the water is up. I would highly suggest not running @ less than 400 cfs as this river drops fast so it could make for a long day. Great beginner run.

Summary of Gauge Readings

Based on a recommendation by Steve Ettinger. Note that this is an "indicator gage," from a nearby stream in the same watershed. Such indicator gages are best used as a guide--a way to figure out whether it's even worth looking at the stream or not.

The Parsons gauge (AW # 1326) can also be used as an indicator of boatable flows. It should be between 5.0' and 7.0'.

Gauge NameReadingTimeComment
AW Gauge Info
91 cfs 01h11m n/a

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Tow Tether Danger Highlighted by Recent Accident

2019-02-25 19:53:07-05
Charlie Walbridge

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)


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

2018-09-04 07:58:00-04
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)

2018-08-21 10:07:00-04
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

2007-02-13 00:00:00-05
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.

Matt Muir