Commercial Whitewater Information

rafters getting ready to launch

Louise McLaughlin


A number of licensed outfitters offer guided trips on the New and Gauley Rivers. Trained guides, equipment, instruction, transportation to and from the river, and meals are provided. Trips vary in length from several hours to several days, and offer different degrees of difficulty -- from peaceful float and fishing trips to crashing whitewater excitement.

The New River has trips available almost year-round, with the season running from April through October. Ranging from mild pools and riffles on the upper parts to big whitewater rapids in the lower section, the New offers something for everyone.

The Gauley River is more for the whitewater enthusiast, with a number of steep and technical rapids. The main season is early-September through mid-October, though trips are sometimes available at other times of the year.

List of commercial outfitters licensed by the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources:

ACE Adventure Resort

Adventures On The Gorge

Alpine Ministries

Cantrell Ultimate Rafting

New and Gauley River Adventures

River Expeditions

West Virginia Adventures

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 246, 104 Main Street
Glen Jean, WV 25846


(304) 465-0508

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