The third day is on a section of the Gauley River and is dependent upon how much water is released from the Summersville Dam and the input of the side streams. Generally, April and May are usually the higher water months for our water sheds than June through September. Because of this, it is likely that we will be in either 14' Avon Adventure rafts in April and May. However, there is the possibility that the water level will determine the use of one-person duckies (inflatable kayaks) on the Middle section of the Gauley River at any time during the season.
The rating of rapids varies with the section paddled: Upper Gauley - Class I through V+; Middle Gauley - Class I through III; Lower Gauley - Class I through V. The trip varies in length from five to 16 miles and takes six to eight hours from the time of arrival and return to Class VI. Transportation to and from the river ranges from 30 minutes to one hour. 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, pack your gear into our dry bags, grab a life jacket and helmet, then load up and head for the river.
All gear and food for the trip are carried with the trip in a supply raft.
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-style lunch part way down the river on both days.
Late afternoon, pull over and set up camp alongside the river, while your guide prepares dinner.
The next morning after breakfast, you'll break camp, load the gear and head down 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 enjoy a buffet dinner at Smokey's On The Gorge - all located at Class VI's canyon rim facility.
Day 3 arrive back at Class VI for your morning reception and check-in.
Enjoy the best section available on the Gauley that day.
Enjoy a deli-lunch part way down the river and a complimentary beverage for your bus ride back to our headquarters.
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