Elk River Slatyfork to the CR 7 Bridge and Sutton Dam to Kanawha River

Slatyfork, West Virginia

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The Elk starts easily at Slatyfork, but a few miles below changes to a subterranean course similar to Lost River. Further down, this is the best intermediate run in central West Virginia. The Elk is a big river, and the rapids are mostly straightforward runs through standing and breaking waves. The Class-3 drops occur where the river necks down in a curve or goes around an island. If the water is up, you’ll travel fast! The scenery is wonderful: remote, rugged mountains with few signs of civilization. There is some litter and a reclaimed strip mine, but few other distractions. The size of the river keeps strainers to a minimum, but watch out for them near islands and on the outside of bends. A popular downriver race is run here annually in April.
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 Elk starts easily at Slatyfork, but a few miles below changes to a subterranean course similar to Lost River. Further down, this is the best intermediate run in central West Virginia. The Elk is a big river, and the rapids are mostly straightforward runs through standing and breaking waves. The Class-3 drops occur where the river necks down in a curve or goes around an island.

If the water is up, you’ll travel fast! The scenery is wonderful: remote, rugged mountains with few signs of civilization. There is some litter and a reclaimed strip mine, but few other distractions. The size of the river keeps strainers to a minimum, but watch out for them near islands and on the outside of bends. A popular downriver race is run here annually in April.

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Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Slatyfork
Distance: 145.5
Duration: 4 sections range from 4 hours to several days
Class: Class I-III
Local Maps: USGS Mingo, Sharp Knob, Samp, Skelt, Bergoo, Webster Springs, Diana, Erbacon, Newville, Sutton, Gassaway, Herold, Strange Creek, Wydale, Clay, Elkhurst, Newton, Clio, Blue Creek, Big Chimney, Charleston East, Charleston West
Driving Directions: Directions to Elk River: Slatyfork to the CR 7 Bridge and Sutton Dam to Kanawha River

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