Difficulty I-II
Length 7.7 Miles
Gauge GREENBRIER RIVER AT BUCKEYE, WV
Flow Range 4.50 - 9.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 3.67 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 02/02/2019 10:55 pm

River Description


Lat/longitude coords are approximate, from TopoZone. <br />
SHUTTLE- put-in on the west fork,just west of Durbin. to reach the take-out- cross the bridge on co. rd 250-11, conntinue up the hill and make sharp left turn at stop sign still 250-11, veer left on cr-1 ,road winds around quite a bit. take left on cr-1-24 to the booming metropolis of hosterman. when in Hosterman the gravel road splits in 2 (both looking like driveways) stay to the right and arrive at nice parking lot in a couple hundred yards.

DESCRIPTION- This truely is a beautiful,near wilderness river ! On river right the old RR tracks have been restored and are now the durbin scenic RR. At the terminus of this RR are 5 picnic tables, privy, and fire ring. beyond this the RR tracks are completely undermined for miles !
At high water levels this stretch will be completed Way to fast (about 1.5 hours) so you might want to put-in higher on one of the forks or continue down to Cass. Given the right water -levels this would make a great float fishing river with great riverside camp spots..
Many paddlers would only rate the WW class 1+

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Gardener Succop
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7 years ago

Ran this May 28th 2011 with friends and family in recrational kayaks and one canoe. Beautiful river! No trash and crystal clear water. We put in on the East Branch at the bridge by the campground in Durbin around 4:30 and ended around 7pm. Lots of fishing and playing around. River levels were at min runable on Saturday and below runable on Sunday. AW gage recomends 4.5 and I agree. Take out at Hosteman is getting overgrown. Mark your takeout on the river before you go or you will miss it. We took out from the main flow and portaged across the island to the parking lot. The road from the main gravel road 1/24 is starting to grow in with trees so mind your paint job. .

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9 years ago

Ran from Durbin to Cass 4-24-09 at 4.7 feet on the Buckeye gauge. This was perfect for us with no scraping. Also no fish! 85 degrees, sunny and no other boaters, which amazed us! Exceptional trip.

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Sean O'Malley
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6 years ago

Another useful gauge for this section is the Durbin gauge, located very near the putin. This gauge used to have satellite transponder issues, so that the web page would have long gaps of no data, but USGS appears to have fixed that problem. 2.0 is minimum. At that level, you will have to read water well in the shoals to avoid scraping, but it can be done. Even a tenth more makes a big difference. http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?cb_00060=on&cb_00065=on&format=gif_default&period=7&site_no=03180500

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10 years ago

I could use some help: I'm planning a 2 night kayak trip for 7 on the Greenbrier and want to do a section that has some Ievel IIs. We would like to camp along the river. We have our own kayaks, but would rather rent. We're coming from Ohio. Any suggestions? Contact info: catfish74@yahoo.com

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10 years ago

My friends and I recently floated the Greenbrier down to Cass. There were 10 of us, and we reserved the "Durbin Rocket" cabooses on a Saturday (May 10th, 2008). We spent the night on the cabooses, which take you 5 miles down the river to a campground, and then leave you. The next morning, we floated the 11 miles or so down to Cass. It's a gorgeous river, and was fast-moving at just over 4 feet. There are two whitewater areas at that level, I would give the first a 2+, and the 2nd close to a 2, but neither were exceedingly technical - just long, high fast wave trains. It was cold and rainy, but WOW! Highly recommended. Probably not enough action for whitewater enthusiasts, but we were in open-water canoes.

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7 years ago

Grade A stuff. I'm uqnusetionbaly in your debt.

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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.
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