Spring and Summer Gauley River Rafting TripsGauley River rafting trips are just as fun in the spring and summer as in the Fall rafting season in WV. Experience the best in West Virginia rafting on the famous Gauley River in the Spring or Summer season with one of our one or two day Spring/Summer Gauley paddles.
During the fall draw-down, the Gauley River's reputation is immortalized as America's Best Whitewater® by the thousands of whitewater enthusiasts who make the journey. So what happens the other 342 days of the year?
The "Secret" Gauley River Rafting Seasons: Spring and SummerThe Gauley River doesn't just dry up in the winter! Far from it! Winter flows average 3,000 or more CFS (cubic feet per second). Spring rains jack the early-spring Gauley CFS up into the high thousands, flooding the Upper section and creating a churning, boiling river of massive whitewater on the Lower section. At these levels, our whitewater rafting guides say this is the best white water anywhere in the country. Summertime Gauley flows are usually mellow, creating technical whitewater channels through boulder fields, forming stronger hydraulics, and bigger drops.
Check out our Spring and Summer rafting on this iconic West Virginia river:
The major benefit for rafting during the other 342 days of the year is the wilderness experience. You have this cool, clean river to yourself! The only draw back is the lack of predictable flows. Water levels change daily and depend, not on a special dam release, but on Mother Nature. With the right attitude, rafting the Gauley River on one of these 342 days will challenge your skills, senses and imagination! With our five different accesses, let Class VI pick the best section of river and put you into the sportiest boat...you won't be disappointed.