Rafting on the Gauley River
The Gauley River in West Virginia is recognized by paddlers as one of the top-ranked rivers in the world. Its technical rapids, inaccessibility and scenic beauty contribute to its world class designation.
Dropping more than 650 feet in 24 miles, the Gauley River features over 100 rapids. Two distinct 12-mile sections (Upper Gauley and Lower Gauley) offer their own personality and flair.
Summer water flows on the Gauley River allow another dimension in rafting and a very different perspective of this wild river. River Expeditions runs trips on the Gauley River in the summer from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend, based on water flows.
Then beginning the Friday after Labor Day the fall draw down of Summersville Lake begins and brings Gauley River to its peak rafting flows. Raft upgrades are available. Smaller rafts provide higher performance and increased maneuverability. This aggressive approach is for experienced, enthusiastic paddlers who want to see the river from a completely different perspective. Wildside and Extreme Wildside are the two options for those over the age of 18, with prior class V+ rafting experience, excellent health, and the ability to calmly respond to adverse and difficult whitewater situations.
River Expeditions offers raft upgrades for those that want a more riveting ride. Smaller rafts provide higher performance and increased maneuverability. Experienced paddlers (that are also over the age of 18, in excellent health and calmly respond to adverse conditions) can choose smaller raft options — Wildside or Extreme Wildside— for a new perspective and extra adrenaline rush.
Sometimes, families or smaller groups like to choose a smaller raft in order to have a closer, more personal experience without the added thrill. When upgrading to a small raft, simply share your preference with us, and we’ll be happy to accommodate.
Rafting Package Rates & Options
|SMALL RAFT UPGRADE||GUESTS PER BOAT||NEW RIVER||GAULEY RIVER|
*Small raft prices are per person per day; An additional $20 applies to these upgrade rates on Saturdays and Holiday Sundays.
2019 Fall Gauley River Release Dates (tentative):
September 6, 7, 8, 9; 13, 14, 15, 16; 20, 21, 22, 23; 27, 28, 29, 30
October 4, 5, 6, 7; 12, 13; 19 (Bridge Day) & 20 (Last Day)