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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?

View of Gauley River gorge

The Gauley River has cut a gorge of up to 500 feet deep in places. Within the gorge, the river is characterized by alternating pools and rapids with torrential water, boulders and exposed bedrock.