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Difficulty I-II
Length 8.7 Miles
Gauge BLACKWATER RIVER AT DAVIS, WV
Flow Range 600 - 2000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 53 minutes ago 102 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 12/03/2018 7:57 pm

River Description


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.

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Gage Descriptions

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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Gauley Fest - September 13-16, 2018 - Summersville, WV

9/4/2018
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)

8/21/2018
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

2/13/2007
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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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1194102 06/16/04 Robert Miller n/a
1210565 12/03/18 Tony Allred Jr 11-30-2018 - cleanup
1210559 12/03/18 Tony Allred Jr 11-30-2018 - cleanup
1198563 11/05/10 Matt Muir Added coords and abstract.
1210561 12/03/18 Tony Allred Jr 11-30-2018 - cleanup
1210562 12/03/18 Tony Allred Jr 11-30-2018 - cleanup
1210564 12/03/18 Tony Allred Jr 11-30-2018 - cleanup
1210563 12/03/18 Tony Allred Jr 11-30-2018 - cleanup