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Difficulty V+
Length 1.25 Miles
Flow Range 400 - 2000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 33 minutes ago 217 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 05/14/2015 3:37 pm

River Description

Steep. Scouting and portages necessary. Numerous large and dangerous drops with some ending in entrapment or physical destruction and/or pain. This is not for boaters who prefer placid runs like the Upper Yough, Big Sandy, Daugherty Run, Fike Run, etc. that are located in nearby vicinities. Bring a friend and a rope and do some hiking. Lower section is extremely steep and may be considered totally unrunnable by many. For those with adventuresome spirits and very good skills it is a fun lesson in technical lines. Enjoy.
Lat/longitude coordinates are a rough approximation.

For a detailed account of the latest attempt to run this creek along with a video, go to

Rapid Descriptions


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Robert Farmer
13 years ago

where is this? It empties into Cheat Canyon, river left, a mile or so below the put-in.

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8 years ago

What is the best way to access this stream? It seems everywhere I've found to get near it, it is heavily posted NO TRESSPASSING

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Doug Smith
10 years ago

Now that the run is listed here, I thought I'd add some pics from a descent in the spring of "03. This run is a lot of fun, but don't even go if you're not prepared for some bush-wacking, steep portages, and steep tight drops. Don and I have run most of the drops, and I know Bobby Miller has run another one or two (Any input Bobby?). A couple are definately no-go's. On one decent, at Crash Landing, we came over the ledge to find another group of boaters. Three of the four boats on shore were pig-nosed and the guys decided to hike out from there. It will be a long day no matter what.

Gauge Description

Gauge is located near Morgantown, WV approximately 20 miles away. A very sharp rise in this gauge after prolonged or heavy rains could mean this run is worth checking out.


Directions Description

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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.

Matt Muir


Robert Miller


Mike Vanderberg