US Whitewater > West Virginia > Otter Creek



West Virginia whitewater, Otter Creek

Randolph Tucker county, to Big Spring Gap section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V(V+)     9 miles
  The to Big Spring Gap stretch of Otter Creek in West Virginia is 9 miles long and it is classified as a class IV-V(V+) section by American Whitewater. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in West Virginia are often easier than in other states, so don't forget that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. This stretch has has enough mileage, you can easily run it on an afternoon. And of course, there are
    campgrounds nearby. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Morgantown, as you can see on the road map further
down. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of spots for that. The scenic beauty of West Virginia and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water attract people from near and far. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well.

Briefly about the general area:
Good hiking is available along the Otter Creek Trail, and a splendid spot nearby is Devils Gulch. There's
good hiking along the Green Mountain Trail, and the cheerful folks of Hendricks like to hang out close by. This is a really good river. A visit to Blackwater Falls State Park when you're here at Otter Creek is a wonderful idea; the snow is nice at Canaan Valley. Otter Creek gets much water. The month with most of the rain is July, and the driest of the months is February. For the period of the warmest time of the year at Otter Creek temperatures are usually in the 80's with nighttime lows in the 50's. High temperatures through the winter are normally in the 30's, and nighttime lows in the 10's for Otter Creek.

Otter Creek, to Big Spring Gap 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 Otter Creek.
 Whitewater Near Otter Creek:
Otter Creek, Tucker County, 3 miles away
      Class IV - 2.6 miles long (Big Springs Gap to Cheat River)
Cheat River - Glady Fork, Randolph Tucker County, 3 miles away
      Class I-III - 8.9 miles long (CR 12 bridge Close to Sully to confluence of Dry Fork Close to Gladwin)
Otter Creek, Randolph / Tucker County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 9 miles long (to Big Spring Gap)
Cheat River - Black Fork, Tucker County, 4 miles away
      Class II - 4 miles long (Confluence of Blackwater River and Dry Fork at Hendricks to confluence of Shavers Fork)
Cheat River - Glady Fork, Randolph County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 9.9 miles long (US 33 Bridge to CR 12 bridge Close to Sully)
Cheat River - Shavers Fork, Randolph Tucker County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 15.9 miles long (Bridge crossing Shavers Fork Close to Little Black Fork to Parsons)
Cheat River - Shavers Fork, Randolph County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 14.6 miles long (Bowden to bridge crossing Shavers Fork Close to Little Black Fork)
Cheat River - Laurel Fork, Randolph/ Tucker County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 13 miles long (US 33 Bridge to Cheat River Dry Fork)
Cheat River - Dry Fork, Randolph/ Tucker County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 12 miles long (Jenningston to Hendricks)
Red Run, Tucker County, 8 miles away
      Class V+ - 4 miles long (Ford at FS 13 road to confluence of Dry Fork)
 Ski Areas Near Otter Creek:
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 15 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 17 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 36 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 39 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 58 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 60 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 61 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 63 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 69 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 71 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
 Hotels Near Otter Creek:
Iron Road Inn, Elkins , 15 miles away
Hampton Inn Elkins, Elkins , 15 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites ELKINS, Elkins , 15 miles away
ELKINS INN AND SUITES, Elkins , 16 miles away
Super 8 Elkins, Elkins , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Otter Creek:
Bear Heaven Campground, Elkins, 4 miles away
Revelle's River Resorts, Bowden, 6 miles away
Revelle Campgrounds, Bowden, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Otter Creek:
Otter Creek Trail, Randolph , 0 miles away
Green Mountain Trail, Tucker , 1 miles away
Moore Run Trail, Randolph , 2 miles away
Shavers Mountain Trail, Randolph , 2 miles away
Turkey Run Trail, Tucker , 3 miles away
 Public Lands Near Otter Creek:
Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia , 12 miles away
Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia , 23 miles away
Tygart Lake State Park, West Virginia , 30 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Otter Creek:
Golf Holly Meadows Golf Course, Parsons , 6 miles away

Copyright © Stratus-Pikpuk, Inc.
Some content, including Reach Name, Class, Coordinates, and Length, comes from American Whitewater with permission.