The following info. from John Duke emailme! with any questions! LodgingScotts 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!
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.
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.
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...
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?
10 years ago
NWS flood stage is 10.0
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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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