Whitewater — Upper Gauley River

Raft flipping on the Upper Gauley


The most well known whitewater run in the eastern U.S. This is a consistant class V big water river that gets really crowded during “Gauley Season” in the fall. The river is jam packed with both private and commercial boaters from September to October. Don’t forget that this river runs at many other times during the year. Commercial outfitters offer trips on this section. Map (pdf)

Directions from Morgantown

Take I-79 south to I-19 south. About 6 miles south of Summersville, turn right onto SR 129. Go 2.6 miles to the Dam (you will know when you get there). The put-in is down the hill on the west side of the dam. To get to the take-out (see American WW for more take-out descriptions), continue on SR 129 for 5.9 miles and take a left onto Bakus Branch Rd (Panther Mt. Rd). Go 1.8 miles, intersect with cr 11/1 go right for .7 miles to a parking field.

Travel Time:

2 1/2hr


Whitewater , Camping





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ORC Resources:

Book ” A Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to West Virginia”

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