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West Virginia whitewater, Gauley River

Webster county, Donaldson to Camden-on-Gauley section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II(III)     10.5 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. If you're coming from Oak Hill it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down. The Donaldson to Camden-on-Gauley stretch of Gauley River in Webster County is 10.5 miles long and is according to American
    Whitewater a class I-II(III) section of whitewater. The campgrounds here at Gauley River are pretty good. The beautiful scenery of West Virginia and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream beats anything.
This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Donaldson to Camden-on-Gauley section is just one of them. Getting a good workout and spending some quality time in nature are great attractions for lots of people. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, around here you'll find a large number of good rivers. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations  
in advance you're all set. This stretch has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so go ahead and pack your camp stove.

Briefly about the general area:
At Gauley River you always meet someone from Camden On Gauley; the Adkin Rockhouse Trail is a wonderful hiking trail nearby. If the weather is great here at Gauley River, you can go for a hike along the Harris Siding Trail. Through the days of summer at Gauley River temperatures are generally in the 80's while night lows are commonly in the 60's. The wintertime brings highs down to the 40's while Gauley River overnight low temperatures during the wintertime are in the 20's.

Gauley River, Donaldson to Camden-on-Gauley 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 Gauley River.
 Whitewater Near Gauley River:
Gauley River, Webster County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 10.5 miles long (Donaldson to Camden-on-Gauley)
Gauley River, Webster/Nicholas County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 9.8 miles long (Camden-0n-Gauley to Curtin Bridge)
Williams River, Pocahontas County, 4 miles away
      Class I-III - 5.1 miles long (Day Run Camping area to Tea Creek)
Laurel Creek - Elk River Tributary, Webster County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7.6 miles long (Confluence with McAvoy Run to Erbacon)
Cranberry River, Nicholas County, 5 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7 miles long (Big Rock Camping Area to Gauley River)
Birch River, Webster/Nicholas County, 7 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 8.8 miles long (Boggs to Birch River)
Gauley River, Nicholas County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 8.4 miles long (Curtin Bridge to confluence with Big Beaver Creek)
Big Beaver Creek, Nicholas County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 4.5 miles long (Craigsville to Gauley River)
Laurel Creek - Elk River Tributary, Webster/ Braxton County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9.4 miles long (Erbacon to Centralia)
Cherry River, Nicholas County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 9 miles long (Watergate Inn to Gauley River)
 Ski Areas Near Gauley River:
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 40 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 52 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 57 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 85 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 88 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
 Marinas Near Gauley River:
Bee Run Docks, Sutton , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Gauley River:
Serenity Now, Snowshoe , 14 miles away
Days Inn & Suites Sutton Flatwoods, Sutton , 19 miles away
Hampton Inn Summersville, Summersville , 19 miles away
Sleep Inn Summersville, Summersville , 19 miles away
Quality Inn Summersville, Summersville , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Gauley River:
Camp Caesar, Cowen, 2 miles away
Big Rock Campground, Nicholas County, 5 miles away
Bishop Knob, Upperglade, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Gauley River:
Harris Siding Trail, Nicholas , 4 miles away
Adkin Rockhouse Trail, Webster , 4 miles away
Hinkle Branch Trail, Nicholas , 4 miles away
Cranberry Ridge Trail, Webster , 4 miles away
Perry Ridge Trail, Nicholas , 4 miles away
 Public Lands Near Gauley River:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 49 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 49 miles away
Holly River State Park, West Virginia , 23 miles away
Watoga State Park, West Virginia , 32 miles away
Cedar Creek State Park, West Virginia , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Gauley River:
Mountain View Golf Course, Webster Springs , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Gauley River
Sutton Lake, Braxton , 18 miles away

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