Fall Lower Gauley
Whitewater Rafting on West Virginia's Lower Gauley River
Raucus and fast paced!
If it weren't for the Upper Gauley just upstream, the Lower Gauley would be the premier run in the east. In fact, the Lower Gauley has 2 of the 3 biggest waves on the entire Gauley—and that's saying something. Characterized by big waves and tight, technical maneuvering, but without the frenetic seriousness of the Upper Gauley, The Lower G is a wave hunter's paradise. The Gauley Gorge down here is stunning in its natural beauty and Lower G trips never fail to please rafters of all levels. This is the highest-adventure trip that we recommend for first-time rafters, and it's an excellent shake-down run for the Upper.
Prices are per person and do not include tax and fees. Prices vary by day of the week.
As with all of our fall Gauley Trips, we have what is hands-down the best lunch on the river. Our Canyon Doors lunch base is in the single most beautiful spot on this stunning river. The food is hot and delicious with options for vegetarians and carnivores alike—and all you have to do is show up to eat it.
What type of river is the Lower Gauley?
The Lower Gauley is a long run—17 miles—and though there are a few pools for relaxing and swimming, most of that length is spent in whitewater, with much of it class III-V. Though it doesn't pack quite the punch as the Upper Gauley in terms of technique and steely nerves needed, this river section should not be underestimated. It is the most advanced river section that we routinely recommend for first-time rafters.
What does Adventures on the Gorge provide?
We provide transportation to and from the river, all rafting equipment (helmet, life jacket, paddle & boat), professional guides in each raft and the best hot lunch alongside the river.
How much time do we spend on the water?
The total trip is 1 very full day from the time you leave base camp until you return. We spend most of that time on the water, but a total of 1-1.5 hours is spent commuting to and from the river.
How big are the boats?
Our standard rafts are 15 feet long and can comfortably seat 8-9 guests and a guide. Upgrades to high-adventure, team-extreme rafts are available for an additional fee.
What else might we need?
You should bring any medication you need throughout the day, plus sunscreen, sun glasses and if the weather is a little nippy, a dry layer to put on after the trip. (Your guide will be able to put it into a dry bag.) If necessary, we also rent wetsuits and paddle jackets. Via our partnership with Whitewater Photography, we also sell photos of you in the rapids. Our video boaters also accompany most trips and we offer DVDs of your experience for an extra charge. To ensure you get a video, you can pre-order one with your reservation.