Whitewater — Buckhannon River (Alton to Sago)

Kayaker on the Buckhannon river


This is a good initiation to creek style boating. The first 6 miles (to Tenmile) are class II-III and the last 4 miles (from Tenmile to Sago) are class III-IV. Map (pdf)

Directions from Morgantown

Take I-79 south to Weston (exit 99). Take rt. 33 east to Buckhannon. Go south on SR 20 for about 5 miles and take a left onto CR 22 for about 3 miles to Sago. From here, go south along the river for a mile to the take-out (just before the hill). Put-in/Take-out options are up stream on cr 30/7 4.6 miles. To get to Tenmile, go straight (gravel rd) at the Big Bend Church downhill for about 2 miles. To get to Alton, continue from Big Bend Church on cr 30/9, 32/11, 32/21, 32/13 and 32 for about 7 miles (make sure you bring your maps).

Travel Time:

1 1/2hr







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ORC Resources:

Book ” A Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to West Virginia”

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