At certain levels, the water released from the Summersville Dam affords the opportunity for a day of good, challenging fun in duckies (inflatable kayaks) on the Middle section of the Gauley River (about seven miles). Ducky trips provide a one-on-one experience with the river.
Medium to higher water levels may find us in our 14' guided rafts on either the Upper or Lower sections of the Gauley River (nine to 16 miles, depending on the section). This size of raft accommodates up to seven guests plus the guide. Either section of the Gauley River is great fun as rapids are encountered from Class I through Class V+. Depending on which section of the river is run, some of the following rapids may be encountered: Insignificant, Lost Paddle, Iron Ring, Wood's Ferry, Backender, Koontz's Flume, or Pure Screaming Hell.
What to Expect:
Arrive at Class VI to a complimentary reception of Starbuck's coffee and juice in Chetty's Pub. Chetty's offers an assortment of a' la carte breakfast items.
Check-in with your Trip Leader and fill out release forms (minors unattended by legal guardians must bring a signed Class VI release form day of trip).
Change into your river wear, grab a life jacket and helmet, then load up and head for the river.
Approximate 45 minute bus ride to put-in depending on water levels.
On route or at put-in, your trip leader and guide deliver a safety talk covering the fundamentals of rafting and proper use of river equipment.
Enjoy our deli lunch part way down the river.
At the take-out point, the gear is loaded onto our vehicles and we head back to Class VI while enjoying a complimentary beverage.
Back at Class VI enjoy a hot shower, shop at our Canyon Rim Store, take a stroll to our scenic overlook and dine at Smokey's On The Gorge - all located at Class VI's canyon rim facility.
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