During the Fall Draw Down, this Lower Gauley River raft trip is offered in the 16' Avon Professional self-bailing raft that holds 9 paddlers for each guide and handles well in all conditions. Designated as part of the Gauley River National Recreation Area in 1988, this 16 mile stretch of river has well over 50 challenging rapids. Beginning the first weekend after Labor Day weekend (September 9) and ending six weeks later, the US Army Corps of Engineers releases water from Summersville Lake into the Gauley's riverbed for the Fall Gauley Draw Down
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, wetsuits and windbreakers are recommended, 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 (don't forget your towel), shop at our Canyon Rim Store, take a stroll to our scenic overlook and enjoy a buffet dinner at Smokey's On The Gorge - all located at Class VI's canyon rim facility.
The New For 2006 Fall Lower Gauely Sunset Trip is the same as our Lower Gauley River trip, but it departs in the afternoon. There are three reasons why this trip is one of the best: you can drive in the morning of the trip; we put on the river around 1:00 p.m. and have the river to ourselves; and at the end of the day this trip includes a delicious dinner at Smokey’s On the Gorge.
Arrive early and enjoy an optional, hearty lunch at Chetty’s Pub before heading out to the river! (Lunch reservations recommended) Light hors d’ouevres (fruit, cheese, pepperoni, crackers & drinks) are served midway through the trip. Dinner is served upon your return to Class VI (instead of our riverside lunch) allowing you to enjoy an exceptional buffet dinner, and a rim-side view of our glorious sunset while you dine!
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