Gauley Fest 2020-September 23, at 7:30pm Eastern - **Virtual Event** (in-person event returns 2021)

gauley_fest_logo_-_horizontal.jpg In an effort to keep you, our staff and volunteers, and the communities that host our events as safe as possible, we made the incredibly difficult decision to cancel all AW events in 2020, including our traditional Gauley Fest throwdown in West Virginia.

Not as rowdy, and in need of more support than ever, Gauley Fest 2020 is happening this year! Although a little differently… maybe a lot differently… were going virtual, and making our best attempt to host Gauley Fest 2020 online.

The pandemic may be stopping the party, but it’s not stopping the rivers from flowing. Our biggest fundraiser and membership drive still needs your support, join AW, register for our virtual event, and help keep the dream of saving rivers alive! Register for virtual Gauley Fest here 👇

Drawing Rules

There will be two different drawings where we will be giving away amazing prizes. Use this GauleyFest membership form to join or renew to enter the membership drawing. See below for drawing rules.


  • Participant Drawing: AW branded items like hoodies, hats, mugs, and pin kits
  • Membership Drawing: Big prizes like hundreds of dollars in gift cards, SUP boards, Kayaks, and Drytops

Rules: Participant Drawing

Membership Drawing

  • Renew or join American Whitewater before Virtual Gauley Fest 2020 to be entered to win SUP boards, kayaks, coolers, drytops and more!
  • Number of entries is determined by membership level as follows:
  • Standard Membership = 1 entry
  • Family Membership = 2 entries
  • Ender Club = 3 entries
  • Platinum Paddler = 4 entries
  • Explorer Club = 5 entries
  • Lifetime = 6 entries
  • You do not need to be present at Virtual Gauley Fest 2020 to win.

American Whitewater is a non-profit corporation recognized by the Internal Revenue Service under Section 501©3 of the Internal Revenue Code with its principal place of business located in Cullowhee, North Carolina. All drawings will be conducted in accordance with North Carolina Law GS 14-309.15.


  • - A lot less rules.
  • - Glass bottles are allowed.
  • - No bell.
  • - No quiet hours.
  • - A comfortable nights rest in your own bed.
  • - AW Annual Update via Mark Singleton & Susan Elliot.
  • - Experts Critique via Clay Wright & Shane Benedict.
  • - Gauley & Regional River Updates via Kevin Colburn & Thomas O’Keefe.
  • - Event Director Natalie Price & Special Guests.
  • - Participation Raffle.
  • - Music: Piano Bob.
  • - Gauley Carnage Reel.
  • - Music: DJ Terrence Young.

Renew your AW Membership here 👇


  • - Membership registration required in advance to get in on the raffle.
  • - Our biggest Membership raffle yet.
  • - The satisfaction of knowing you helped saved rivers.
  • - Supporting continued efforts of gaining access to more whitewater.
  • - More nature, more free flowing rivers.
  • - Sweet AW swag with membership upgrades.
  • - Lots of love and recognition at Gauley Fest 2021.

Fall releases on the Gauley River are still a GO! Gauley Fest will NOT be taking place in Summersville, WV again until 2021.

Join AW and support river stewardship nationwide!