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Difficulty I-II
Length 18.8 Miles
Gauge SOUTH BRANCH POTOMAC RIVER NEAR PETERSBURG, WV
Flow Range 3.75 - 7.60 FT
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 8.41 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 04/09/2008 7:15 pm

River Description


The following info. from John Duke emailme! with any questions!

Lodging
Scotts cabins is a great place to stay with cabins right on the river about halfway through the trip. A canoe is included with your rental fee!

Rapid Descriptions

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Bruce Fleckenstein
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14 years ago

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?

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Dustin Hooks
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8 months ago

StreamTeam, You have made the right move by moving the minimum level up, but it would be a good idea to also move the maximum up as well. The current listed maximum (7ft) is too low. I ran this stretch at 7.2' this week and it was a comfortable height-- nowhere close to being dangerous. Open boaters should watch out for good-sized standing waves in various places in this run-- particularly before the Petersburg 220 bridge.

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Tony Allred Jr
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10 months ago

Based on the information that the Petersburg gauge had changed, the StreamTeam changed the minimum level for this river length to 3.75' on the Petersburg gauge. Any comments as to whether this addresses the comments below would be appreciated.

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Pat Munoz
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4 years ago

Canoe-camped from Petersburg to Harmison's Landing (28 miles). Level was around 4' when we started and dropped to 3.8' on Saturday. This was a great level, even though there were places that were almost too shallow...

Summary of Gauge Readings

NWS flood stage is 10.0

Gauge NameReadingTimeComment
SOUTH BRANCH POTOMAC RIVER NEAR PETERSBURG, WV
AW Gauge Info
8.41 ft 01h15m n/a
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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.
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