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Difficulty I-III
Length 21.5 Miles
Gauge NEW RIVER AT GLEN LYN, VA
Flow Range 2.50 - 6.60 FT
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 5.16 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 10/30/2018 12:46 am

River Description


The takeout is on river right at Bulls Falls campground.

Andrea Jones reports:
Putin is at Glen Lyn park on river right, just upstream of the Rte. 460 bridge at Glen Lyn. About a mile downstream of the putin is a rapid that has a 3 - 4 ft drop on the right into a horseshoe-shaped hole / foam pile, Shumate Falls. The left side is a class II cobble bar. Most of the other rapids are class I-II with an area on the right side of the river that appears to have been blasted out at some time in the past. NOTE: This is the backwater of Bluestone Lake and, if the lake is high, the last few rapids could be swallowed by the lake. Bluestone Dam is currently used for flood control, but could be converted to power generation in the future.

Another reader reported:
There are three basic lines on the second major rapid from the putin, Shumate Falls. At 4.18 feet there are two class-II slots to the left. There is a center line which is a low class III with a sticky hole which is easy to punch through. The far right side, Shumate Falls proper, is class III+ /IV- with a major keeper hole in the horseshoe. To scout this rapid you must get out on the island and cross a barbed wire fence on the other side of the island. As 8/7/09 the land was not posted. I do not recommend to eddy out above the rapid. If you decide not to run the rapid, there is heavy fast current and it is truly a scary ferry to get to river left.

Rapid Descriptions

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Andrea Jones
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11 years ago

Putin is at Glen Lyn park on river right, just upstream of the Rt 460 bridge at Glen Lyn. About a mile downstream of the putin is a rapid that has a 3 - 4 ft drop on the right into a horseshoe-shaped hole / foam pile. The left side is a class II cobble bar. Most of the other rapids are class I-II with an area on the right side of the river that appears to have been blasted out at some time in the past. NOTE: This is the backwater of Bluestone Lake and, if the lake is high, the last few rapids could be swallowed by the lake. Bluestone Dam is currently used for flood control, but could be converted to power generation in the future.

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7 years ago

It's really great that people are shairng this information.

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Ron Bright
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9 years ago

There are three basic lines on the second major rapid from the put in. (Where Shumate Falls is located). At 4.18 feet there are two class II slots to the left. There is a center line which is a low class III with a sticky hole which is easy to punch through. The far right site where Shumate Falls is located is class III+ /-IV with a major keeper hole in the horseshoe. To scout this rapid you must get out out the island and cross barbed wire fence on the other side of the island. As 8/7/09 the land was not posted. I do not recommend to eddy out above the rapid. If you decide not to run the rapid there is heavy fast current and it is truly a scary ferry.

Summary of Gauge Readings

The gauge will reflect variable daily flow because of releases from the Claytor Dam about 45 miles upstream.

Gauge NameReadingTimeComment
NEW RIVER AT GLEN LYN, VA
AW Gauge Info
5.16 ft 01h00m n/a
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Attention Virginia Boaters!

2003-04-24 00:00:00-04
Jason Robertson

During the high waters of Spring 2003, there has been a noticeable increase in reported confrontations between boaters and property owners in Virginia. Please remember to be respectful and courteous to property owners; do not trespass; and avoid confrontation in order to preserve access in the future.
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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.
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