This section is a great open boat run. The rapids require some maneuvering but are straightforward. At 3.5' @ the Franklin gauge, the only area we came close to swamping our loaded tandem canoe (no bags) was at the Royal Glen dam. Run this to the left and then ferry over to the left bank to dump and you'll be fine.
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Robert Farmer---When I said I paddled it at 3.5, that was at Franklin. The Petersburg gauge is not really appropriate for this section.
A good Petersburg take-out is about 100 yards downstream of the US 220 Bridge, on river left, at a Sanctioned WVDNR Access Site. There is no overnight parking, park in the City Park parking lot (west side of 220, before crossing the bridge, adjacent to the DNR Access Drive). Caution, upstream from the US 220 bridge is a class II+ to III- (depending on water level) approx. 150 yard long rapid, Haystacks, consisting of several river wide ledges with hydraulics. At higher water levels, the waves here can easily swamp an unbagged, open canoe.
Something happened to the gauge at Petersburg. It is reading much higher than it used to. I'm guessing about 2 foot. Does anyone know what changed?
5 years ago
by GREGG ENGLISH
10 years ago
The North Fork joins the South Branch above the old Royal Glen Dam so it would be a good idea to check either the Cabins gauge on the North Fork or the Petersburg gauge.
Appropriate Petersburg gauge levels
Min 3.0 Max 6.0; NWS flood stage 10.0
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