Gauley River Above Jerryville to Curtin, The Crupperneck Bend Section, Summersville Dam to Mason's Branch, The Middle Gauley, The Lower Gauley, and Swiss to Gauley Bridge

Jerryville, West Virginia

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The Gauley has an amazing number of tributaries. It begins high in the recesses of Webster County as a wild little creek, then settles down for a long, placid cruise near the border of the national forest. Then it picks up the “fruit basket” rivers of the Monongahela National Forest, the Cherry, the Cranberry, and the Williams. These whitewater gems offer great action and wonderful scenery. By now the Gauley is a large river, and it becomes active again as it carves its way through Nicholas County. Caught in the backwaters of Summersville Reservoir, it re-awakens below the dam to create some of the most famous whitewater rapids in the country. Picking up the nasty Meadow River partway down, it doesn’t rest until it meets the New at Gauley Bridge to form the Kanawha. These streams offer a wide range of whitewater difficulty, including some of the most memorable rapids in West Virginia.
A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to West Virginia

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A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to West Virginia

by Charlie Walbridge et al (Menasha Ridge Press)

The Gauley has an amazing number of tributaries. It begins high in the recesses of Webster County as a wild little creek, then settles down for a long, placid cruise near the border of the national forest. Then it picks up the “fruit basket” rivers of the Monongahela National Forest, the Cherry, the Cranberry, and the Williams. These whitewater gems offer great action and wonderful scenery.

By now the Gauley is a large river, and it becomes active again as it carves its way through Nicholas County. Caught in the backwaters of Summersville Reservoir, it re-awakens below the dam to create some of the most famous whitewater rapids in the country. Picking up the nasty Meadow River partway down, it doesn’t rest until it meets the New at Gauley Bridge to form the Kanawha. These streams offer a wide range of whitewater difficulty, including some of the most memorable rapids in West Virginia.

©  Charlie Walbridge et al/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Jerryville
Distance: 89.3
Duration: 7 sections range from 2 to 14 hours
Class: Class I-V
Local Maps: USGS Sharp Knob, Bergoo, Webster Springs, Cowen, Camden on Gauley, Craigsville, Summersville Dam, Ansted, Gauley Bridge
Driving Directions: Directions to Gauley River: Above Jerryville to Curtin, The Crupperneck Bend Section, Summersville Dam to Mason's Branch, The Middle Gauley, The Lower Gauley, and Swiss to Gauley Bridge

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