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Difficulty I-III
Length 5.1 Miles
Flow Range 12.50 - 15.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 46 minutes ago 10.09 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 10/23/2004 3:37 pm

River Description

Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

A USGS stick gauge on river left just below the Dyer bridge can be read directly. It should be over 3.0'. It is not available at this time on the USGS real-time gauge page.

The cited gauge (Gauley) should provide a rough indicator of likely runnability.



Directions Description

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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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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.

Matt Muir


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