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West Virginia whitewater, Birch River

Webster Nicholas county, Boggs to Birch River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II+(IV)     8.8 miles
There is no white water worth paddling down.† The strip mines are destroying this river and the surrounding area.† The fish are dissapearing and there is very little water in Birch River, even after a huge rain.† I would much rather have the white water and possibility of floods than the destruction of these beautiful rivers and mountains by the strip mines. Says Wally S.

The scenic beauty of Webster/Nicholas County and the cool
    fresh water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Oak Hill, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This section is long enough
to enjoy a good non stop paddle, good for a one day paddling trip. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Boggs to Birch River section is one of them. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might  
end up sleeping in your car. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. This stretch of Birch River is 8.8 miles long and is a class II+(IV) section of whitewater according to American Whitewater.

Briefly about the general area:
While you're here at Birch River you will meet lots of folks from nearby Little Birch. Birch River typically gets a good deal of precipitation.

Birch River, Boggs to Birch River road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Birch River.
 Whitewater Near Birch River:
Little Birch River, Braxton County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 3.6 miles long (US 19 to confluence of Birch River)
Birch River, Nicholas/Braxton County, 4 miles away
      Class I-III - 10.5 miles long (Cora Brown Bridge to confluence of Diatter Run)
Birch River, Webster/Nicholas County, 8 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 8.8 miles long (Boggs to Birch River)
Laurel Creek - Elk River Tributary, Webster/ Braxton County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9.4 miles long (Erbacon to Centralia)
Big Beaver Creek, Nicholas County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 4.5 miles long (Craigsville to Gauley River)
Gauley River, Webster/Nicholas County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 9.8 miles long (Camden-0n-Gauley to Curtin Bridge)
Muddlety Creek, Nicholas County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.5 miles long (West Virginia 41 to Summersville Lake)
Gauley River, Nicholas County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 8.4 miles long (Curtin Bridge to confluence with Big Beaver Creek)
Williams River, Pocahontas County, 15 miles away
      Class I-III - 5.1 miles long (Day Run Camping area to Tea Creek)
Laurel Creek - Elk River Tributary, Webster County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7.6 miles long (Confluence with McAvoy Run to Erbacon)
 Ski Areas Near Birch River:
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 52 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 57 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 67 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 94 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 96 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
 Marinas Near Birch River:
Bee Run Docks, Sutton , 8 miles away
Summersville Lake Marina, Summersville , 16 miles away
Burnsville Docks, Burnsville , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Birch River:
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Gassaway/Sutton, Gassaway , 7 miles away
Days Inn & Suites Sutton Flatwoods, Sutton , 11 miles away
Quality Inn Summersville, Summersville , 14 miles away
Sleep Inn Summersville, Summersville , 14 miles away
Hampton Inn Summersville, Summersville , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Birch River:
Holly Gray Park, Sutton, 7 miles away
Bee Run, Sutton, 9 miles away
Flatwoods KOA, Sutton, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Birch River:
Harris Siding Trail, Nicholas , 16 miles away
Perry Ridge Trail, Nicholas , 16 miles away
Hinkle Branch Trail, Nicholas , 18 miles away
Adkin Rockhouse Trail, Webster , 18 miles away
Cranberry Ridge Trail, Webster , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Birch River:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 45 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 45 miles away
Cedar Creek State Park, West Virginia , 22 miles away
Holly River State Park, West Virginia , 29 miles away
Babcock State Park, West Virginia , 34 miles away
 Lakes Near Birch River
Sutton Lake, Braxton , 8 miles away
Summersville Lake, Nicholas , 20 miles away

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