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Difficulty II-IV+
Length 3.6 Miles
Flow Range 6.75 - 8.75 FT
Flow Rate as of: 22 minutes ago 3.4 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 11/06/2010 11:03 am

River Description

The put-in can be found on CR 29 between Gladesville and Browns Mill.

The maximum gradient is found in the section below the put-in and down to the confluence of Stony Run which comes in on river left.

Brief description by David White, 2005-05-24 11:13:31

Did an ELF run down Fields (with a hand saw) for the sole purpose of cutting a few lanes through the logs in the last class II section heading towards the bridge. It didn't work out. The water was dropping fast and by the time we got through the ledges we were too tired to start cutting lanes. It was an awesome trip nontheless. The good drops are clean, but after the last real ledge the logs start coming.

The easy take-out is on Three Forks Road, off Rte. 92. The second bridge you come to will be the one on Three Fork Road. There is a little rock about 30 yards upstream of the bridge. If it's close to, or under water you're good to go in my book---as long as it's not too far under water. You can also take out on river right after the last ledge and hike back to the ford. For those who don't mind a good hike carrying a boat, it's not bad really. The scenery in the last section (the class II section) is great, but the log portages can be taxing. The class II section starts basically when Stoney runs in on river left.

I am a local here and from my experience, most hard core locals are more interested than anything. (Editor's note: see the Comments tab for a warning about one landowner.) I have hiked the trail on river right a number of times in a variety of seasons and have never caught any crap over it. That doesn't mean it can't happen though so be careful and please tread lightly. If you see trash, pick it up if you can. ~~Peace

Lat/longitude coordinates are approximate, from online maps.

Rapid Descriptions


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10 years ago

this creek has a nasty landowner on river right, just downstream from the put-in, at a low bridge(must be portaged). the landowner was very aggressive. make sure you portage on river left and move quickly and discretely. he seems to think he owns everything in site. also the run is choked with logs. we ran this at a very low level and a few of the logs would have been scary with more water. there is an old mill which should be portaged as well. there a few cool slides and a sweet boof off a ten footer. you decide if it's worth running. very pretty, but a lot going against it(wood, crazy landowner, wood, and more wood)

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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.

Mike Vanderberg


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