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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?

Rafters and rafts below Sweets Falls

Whitewater rafting attracts over 60,000 adventurers to the Gauley River each year. The upper Gauley offers tremendous class III to V+ drops in steep, turbulent chutes such as Pillow Rock and Sweet's Falls, and rocky routes that demand constant maneuvering such as Lost Paddle and Shipwreck.