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West Virginia whitewater, Mud River

Cabell county, Ona to Blue Sulphur Road bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II(III)     1 miles
My family (2 - 40+ and 2 - preteens) put in near Zoar Baptist Church on West Mud River Road and used a machete to cut a path near a road drain that was located about 100 yards past the church. At the start of our trip we experienced a tree over the entire width of the river within 200 yards. I was able to exit my kayak and sit on the log and pull the other 3 kayakers still in there boat across the log.

Take Caution, that this kind
    of situation is not for the inexperienced!  We continued our trip experiencing different obstacles and some class 1 water.

It was a fun and relaxing trip that lasted approximately 3.5 hours. We have seen a deer with
baby, geese, several red woodpeckers, two garden snakes that drop into the river out of the trees (no joke, lol) and several other birds. If you decide to take this trip on this part of the Mud River, I would strongly advise to get out at the backside of the Milton Flee market. The Gates of the flee market are locked throughout the week, so make sure you plan to pullout during their hours of operation.  Get permission, clear a path and/or take  
a machete to make one when you get there.   There are no warning signs. Do NOT go any further behind the City of Milton, or you will come to a dam with a 12-15 foot drop with rocks below.

This dam is located before the bridge at Bill Blenko Road.  No safe takeout near the dam!!!  Have fun, but be safe. Says John J.

A few hundred yards from the put in spot is an old dam. Canoeing that fall is not advised. Just over a mile downstream from that is the mud river falls.Depending on water levels. It could prove to sink a canoe. Says localguide1

Jim is not entirely correct. There is the Ona falls. Catch the water up and that would be interesting. Says Stan

This is an answer to Cindy's question about the Guyandotte River. There is a put-in at Branchland, then a take-out 3 1/2 hours downstream at Salt Rock. A very nice float with a few riffles, lots of fish and wildlife for viewing. You can also put-in or take-out at the mouth of Mud river in Barboursville which is good for a Mud River or Guyandotte River float. Salt Rock to B'ville would be a great all day float on the Guyandotte, I'm guessing 10 to 12 miles. Says Mike

There is no way there could be any rapids on the Mud River. I agree with the writer below. However, I would love to flatwater kayak down the Guyan which is closer to Beech Fork State Park than the Mud. It connects to the Mud in Barboursville and runs into the Ohio a few miles later. It should be a very plesant peaceful trip. I just can not locate a putin spot. Can any one help? I live 10 miles away from the BF campground. Thanks Says Cindy

There is no whitewater on the Mud River. I have walked and canoed the Mud River many times. There might be a few ripples if there's enough water in the river. During the summer months it looks more like a creek rather than a river. Don't get excited or waste your time. The Mud River is a great place to go Muskie fishing. If your want a true whitewater experience go to the New River of Gauley River. Says Jim

Mud River, Ona to Blue Sulphur Road bridge road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Mud River.
 Whitewater Near Mud River:
Mud River, Cabell County, 1 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 1 miles long (Ona to Blue Sulphur Road bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Mud River:
Spicy Run Mountain, Ohio , 76 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 9 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 89 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Marinas Near Mud River:
Showboat Marina, Huntington , 10 miles away
Beech Fork Lake Marina, Lavalette , 15 miles away
Lakeside Marina, East Lynn , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Mud River:
Best Western Huntington Mall Inn, Barboursville , 2 miles away
Hampton Inn Huntington-Barboursville, Barboursville , 3 miles away
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites BARBOURSVILLE, Barboursville , 3 miles away
Comfort Inn Barboursville, Barboursville , 3 miles away
Days Inn Huntington, Huntington , 8 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Mud River:
Huntington Fox Fire KOA, Milton, 4 miles away
Jim's Camping, Milton, 5 miles away
Beech Fork State Park, Barboursville, 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Mud River:
Wayne National Forest, Ohio , 11 miles away
Beech Fork State Park, West Virginia , 12 miles away
Cabwaylingo State Park, West Virginia , 27 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Mud River:
Guyan Golf & Country Club, Huntington , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Mud River
Sky Lake, Lawrence , 14 miles away
Timbre Ridge Lake, Lawrence , 16 miles away
East Lynn Lake, Wayne , 19 miles away

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