West Virginia's Mighty Gauley River
Single Day White Water Rafting Trips on West Virginia's Upper and/or Lower Gauley
This is the Beast of the East, the most renowned white water in West Virginia, always in the top 3 in the nation, consistently in the top 5 in the WORLD.
Here in West Virginia, there's a raging whitewater river that flows from a placid lake. People the world over know it. Adventurers from everyplace travel here to run it—especially in the 8 weeks of early Autumn that we call Gauley Season. That's when the Army Corps of Engineers releases scheduled water from Summersville Dam and it. Is. On.
The Upper Gauley River drops over 335 feet in less than 13 miles. It's not great for inexperienced people, but it's fantastic for anybody who wants the adventure of a lifetime—because Gauley River white water rafting is adventure incarnate. The Upper Gauley is continuous, big volume, technical, gut-wrenching whitewater from start to finish. Prior rafting experience and the ability to swim are recommended.
But just downstream, the river mellows ever so slightly. The pace is a bit slower. The rapids a tiny bit less intimidating. But that doesn't mean it's for wimps. The Lower gauley also has class-V rapids. In fact, the Lower Gauley is the most intense river section that we routinely recommend for first timers. These long rapids have huge waves rise and fall in great swells of excitement—the kind you won't find in a theme park.
Boat Upgrades: Want a bigger ride? Try a smaller boat. 6-person raft = $150/boat/day, $240/boat/day for double trips and marathons. 4-person raft = $200/boat/day, $300/boat/day for double trips and marathons.