New River Dries


This section of the New River is unique.  It is called the "Dries" because much of the river's flow is diverted at the Hawks Nest Dam and until recently, there has only been enough water to kayak and raft this section when there are higher water flows on the New.  Due to the relicensing process of the dam, American Whitewater has been able to facilitate recreational releases that will allow for more use of this section. When the water is high, the run is characterized by BIG waves, BIG holes and great views of the gorge. When the water is low, it is a labyrinth of cliffs, huge boulders and intimate kayaking.  See the American Whitewater link below for more details, including description and flow information.  Class III-IV(V). 6.5 miles.


"Down the Dries" Highland Outdoors


The New River is in southern West Virginia, near Fayetteville.  The put in is at the Hawks Nest Lake Dam (Google directions below).  The take-out is at Gauley Bridge.   Put-In:  38.118724,-81.131789   Take-Out:  38.154298,-81.182184


Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Rock Climbing, Swimming Holes, Whitewater 





Web resources:

American Whitewater Page


Book ” A Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to West Virginia”

Hero photo and gallery photos courtesy of Jeff Macklin.

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