The gauge is very convenient for this run, being the Davis gauge just upstream of Blackwater Falls. Generally, the Upper Blackwater is run most between 250 cfs and 375 cfs. However, the Upper B is enjoyable even when its below 200. I like to see 300 cfs or higher before I'll drive out, but Zone Dogg has done it as low as 80 cfs, very scrapy. Between 150-250 cfs, the river is not pushy and is channelized enough that it is paddleable. This is a great level to see the run at for your first time, but its very pinny. As the water progresses over 300 cfs, there is more padding but also a lot of power. Nasty holes begin to develop and the distance between rapids shrinks. Once it goes above 400, most paddlers will want to head elsewhere, but this is a personal favorite level for Blackwater regulars and solid class 5 boaters. A good cutoff is at 500 cfs, but of course, there are guys that run it at higher levels than I do--and I wish them the best of luck.
|BLACKWATER RIVER AT DAVIS, WV|
|usgs-03066000||250 - 550 cfs||V+||01h14m||437 cfs (running)|
|Most prefer flows in the 300 range to cover the chunky riverbed. 350 is an ideal medium. 400 is a fun, padded flow but it flows fast and the holes are grabby|
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