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Difficulty I-II
Length 5.4 Miles
Gauge Anthony Creek above 4h/Anthony
Flow Range 1.20 - 4.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 3 hours ago 1 [FT] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 05/23/2014 5:39 pm

River Description

Take-Out: River right on the Greenbrier River at public access area just below the CR21/2 bridge. From the mouth of Anthony Creek this requires a ferry across the Greenbrier and a 100-yard attainment along the river right shore line.

Fritz Crytzer shared:
14 Apr 03: Beautiful Class I-II run, with lots of opportunity for trout fishing along the way. The cited "100 yards" up the Greenbriar to the takeout is more like 200 yards, and a real bear when the Greenbriar is full! Campsites and trout fishing at the put-in are great!

Rapid Descriptions


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Philip Young
7 years ago

Check the "Flow Info" tab for a link to a state/NOAA gauge just upstream of Blue Bend. 2.8 feet is a high flow with very little technicality. Please post your level so we can establish a minimum navigable flow.

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Steve McLuckie
10 years ago

Some friends paddled Anthony Creek over Memorial Day weekend in 2005, when the Greenbrier was about 5000cfs at Alderson. There was no way they could make the attainment, and probably would have ended up well downstream if they had tried to ferry across. Fortunately, there's a trail on the river left side of the Greenbrier. It's a bit over 1/4 mile to the road. IIRC, the trail isn't too rough, so dragging your boat is a good option. If you head down the Greenbrier you might be able to take out about 3 miles downstream at Keister, but you'll still have to walk at least a couple of hundred yards through the woods. I'm inclined to think that if Anthony Creek is high enough to be running, taking the trail back to the bridge is the best option.

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John Duke
12 years ago

Those guys are right when Anthony is up, attaining the Greenbrier is a B%^&*, I'd rather paddle on down the greenbrier

Gage Descriptions


There is a state/NOAA gauge on the bridge about a mile above Blue Bend.  Help out by providing a comment on these gauge levels

There is no staff gauge, so if on-site you will have to look at the first riffle below the swimming area.  If there's enough water to get over it without scraping, you're probably fine.

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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.

Philip Young


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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1201161 03/30/12 Philip Young downgraded from I-III to I-II, no class 3 on this reach
1193098 09/28/08 John Duke n/a
1201154 03/28/12 Philip Young Added gauge info
1201155 03/28/12 Philip Young minor edit
1201162 03/30/12 Philip Young Added gauge info
1203222 04/04/14 Philip Young updated link to NOAA gauge
1203223 04/04/14 Philip Young Added gauge
1203406 05/23/14 Philip Young corrected takeout