THESE TRIPS ARE AVAILABLE DURING FALL GAULEY SEASON ONLY, ON SPECIFIED DAM RELEASE DATES.
This is the ultimate whitewater experience, with two day runs on the Class V rapids of the Upper Gauley. You can opt to do two full days or do the Upper Gauley Express on day 2.
This trip includes a hot lunch at our Mason’s Branch base, but does not include lodging or other meals.
Gauley Season, taking place in September and October, draws whitewater enthusiasts from across the globe. Over the course of six weeks, water levels ideal for rafting are released from Summersville Lake to provide thrilling whitewater opportunities on a set release schedule.
Minimum Age: 16
The Gauley is characterized by multiple heavy rapids, requiring tight, technical maneuvering. It is 24 miles long, but is often split into two main sections—the Upper and Lower Gauley.
The Upper Gauley is the cream of the whitewater crop. It is intimidating, and for good reason. This section of the river packs quite a punch, and may be the most high-adventure trip that most rafters will ever attempt. You can expect an adventure you will never forget with one of our experienced guides.
Class III – V whitewater
Class IV – V
On Class III – IV and harder trips, a guide sits in every raft and provides instruction at each major rapid and throughout the trip.
Our standard rafts are 16 feet long, comfortably seating 8 guests and a guide.
This is two full days in the river. Depending on the water level, you’ll spend between 4-6 hours on the water plus shuttle time to and from the river. On the second day, you have the option to repeat the Upper Gauley or the Upper Gauley Express.
We provide transportation from our resort to the river and back again, all rafting equipment (helmet, life jacket, paddle and boat) and a hot riverside lunch. Be assured you will not go hungry!
Bring any medication you need throughout the day, plus sunscreen, sunglasses and a change of clothes to keep at the resort upon your return. Guides carry small waterproof bags to stow necessary medications. The average water temperature on the Gauley River in the fall is 50 degrees. You may want to bring a synthetic layer. Wetsuits and splash jackets are available for rent.
Special rates may be available for groups.
The minimum age for this trip is 16 years old. Our PFDs (personal flotation devices) have a maximum chest capacity of 58 inches. We recommend that participants have experience with rafting before trying this trip. Participants should be able to swim.
Your guides and leaders will discuss specific safety requirements on site.