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West Virginia whitewater, Elk River

Webster county, Webster Springs to CR7 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     17.3 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Webster County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water will make you feel great. If you're coming from Clarksburg it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down. There's camping available near Elk River. Great exercise and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you came. 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. This stretch is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so pack your camp stove. This section of Elk River
is 17.3 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II-III section. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good rivers for that around here. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so better not forget that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere.

Briefly about the general area:
Why not take a refreshing hike along the Salt Lick Trail; you unquestionably should go to Holly River State Park if you're here. The Tramontane Trail offers hiking at its best, and lots of folks from Diana come here. At this river you will never have a bad time. You might want to pay a visit to Barrenshe Hollow while you're here at Elk River. High temperatures at Elk River throughout the warmest time of the year are in the 80's. When the night sets in temperatures sink down into the 60's. For the duration of the winter highs are typically in the 30's; after the sun is down all through the winter temperatures at Elk River descend into the 10's.

Elk River, Webster Springs to CR7 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 Elk River.
 Whitewater Near Elk River:
Grassy Creek, Webster County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.5 miles long (Orndoff Church to confluence with Right Fork of Holly River Close to Diana)
Holly River - Right Fork, Webster/Braxton County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 14.8 miles long (Confluence of Grassy Creek to confluence of Left Fork)
Holly River - Right Fork, Webster County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.5 miles long (Jumbo to confluence of Grassy Creek)
Elk River, Webster County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 17.3 miles long (Webster Springs to CR7)
Gauley River, Webster County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 7 miles long (Bolair to Donaldson)
Laurel Creek - Elk River Tributary, Webster County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7.6 miles long (Confluence with McAvoy Run to Erbacon)
Elk River - Back Fork, Webster County, 7 miles away
      Class II+ - 5.8 miles long (Big Sycamore to Webster Springs)
Williams River, Pocahontas County, 7 miles away
      Class I-III - 5.1 miles long (Day Run Camping area to Tea Creek)
Holly River - Left Fork, Webster County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 10.3 miles long (Hacker Valley to Mill Dam)
Holly River - Laurel Fork of Left Fork, Webster County, 9 miles away
      Class III - 2.5 miles long (Holly River State Park to confluence with Left Fork)
 Ski Areas Near Elk River:
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 33 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 51 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 69 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 75 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 78 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 93 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
 Marinas Near Elk River:
Bee Run Docks, Sutton , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Elk River:
Serenity Now, Snowshoe , 3 miles away
Days Inn & Suites Sutton Flatwoods, Sutton , 17 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Gassaway/Sutton, Gassaway , 22 miles away
Super 8 Weston WV, Weston , 26 miles away
Quality Inn Weston, Weston , 26 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Elk River:
Camp Caesar, Cowen, 9 miles away
Holly River State Park, Hacker Valley, 9 miles away
Gerald R. Freeman, Hacker Valley, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Elk River:
Tramontane Trail, Webster , 10 miles away
Salt Lick Trail, Webster , 10 miles away
High Rock Trail, Webster , 10 miles away
Reverie Trail, Webster , 11 miles away
Adkin Rockhouse Trail, Webster , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Elk River:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 60 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 60 miles away
Holly River State Park, West Virginia , 12 miles away
Watoga State Park, West Virginia , 32 miles away
Cedar Creek State Park, West Virginia , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Elk River:
Mountain View Golf Course, Webster Springs , 3 miles away
 Lakes Near Elk River
Sutton Lake, Braxton , 18 miles away

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