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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?

Floating logs down the river

It took a crew of 8 to 15 loggers using two boats and necessary tackle 34 days to float 50,000 staves (logs 8 to 10 feet long and up to 40" in diameter) 27 miles from Wood's Mill to Gauley Bridge.