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    Gauley River

    National Recreation Area West Virginia

Operating Hours & Seasons

The area is open year round. The official Gauley boating season is from early September through mid October. Boating is occasionally possible at other times, depending on water releases from Summersville Dam.

Did You Know?

Eastern hellbender

The eastern hellbender is a rare salamander that is found in the Gauley River Gorge. They can reach over two feet and length and weigh up to five pounds. Hellbenders require clean, cool streams with many large rocks scattered on the bottom.