This creek parallels Rte. 93 coming across the top of the mountain into Davis. You barely even notice Rte. 93 while you are on the creek. This stream is a wonderful run! It is one of the best scenic runs in the state of West Virginia. The scenery is absolutely spectacular and the creek alternates between fast current over a sandy bottom and Class 1-2 rapids over a rocky bottom.
Putin on a small tributary about 7 road miles upstream from the Rte. 93 bridge near Davis.
The creek begins very small and is often barely wide enough to turn a boat around. It meanders back through breathtaking scenery with occassional Class 1 rapids before flattening out with a sand bottom. About 2-3 miles into the run, the bottom changes back to rock.
You will go under a bridge with a culvert. Below here is a continuous stretch of bouldery Class 1-2 rapids that lasts for over a mile. The stream calms down as you swing next to Rte. 93. There is a junky rapid underneath a bridge right below here with weird rocks/concrete sticking up. Below here, the stream settles back into a sand bottom and continues meandering through more incredible scenery.
Take out at the Rte. 93 bridge above Davis or continue another 2.3 river miles to the Blackwater at Davis, WV. The last stretch to the Blackwater is not nearly as nice as the rest of the run with lots of scars from civilization including a pipe that dumps in raw sewage. Beaver Creek empties into the Blackwater just above the WV 32 bridge in Davis.Lat/longitude coordinates (esp. of the putin) are approximate, from online maps.
600 cfs on the Davis gauge was good, but scrapy where the bottom was solid rock. More water would pad things out a little more.
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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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