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Wild Whitewater Rafting in West Virginia

Galuey River whitewater rafting

International whitewater enthusiasts flock to this top-rated river each fall now that Congress has allowed for  recreational whitewater dam releases.

Each fall, for six adrenaline-pumping weekends,the Gauley River in West Virginia turns into a thunderous whitewater Mecca when the Summersville Dam releases 2800 CFS of water into the scenic river, rated one of the top ten for rafting in the world.  Whitewater enthusiasts from around the world converge from September 10 – October 17 with epic weekend trips led by Adventures on the Gorge, home to operators Class VI-Mountain River and The Rivermen, who offer Class III (moderate) to Class V+ (Extreme) rafting trips. For experts and adrenaline junkies, the roaring Upper Gauley drops 335 feet in less than nine miles, with big water volume and 40 whitewater rapids, including its famous “Big Five” that are Class V heart thumpers and definitely not for beginners.

Adventurers can choose from single-day thrills to multi-day experiences with rafts accommodating groups ranging from five to nine people. Gauley River participants must be at least 15 years old. Paddlers are in good hands as the Class VI-Mountain River group was selected as one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” in the 2009 National Geographic Adventure survey.

Adventures on the Gorge, West VirginiaAdventures on the Gorge is located on the New River Gorge in Lansing, West Virginia and borders three miles of the New River Gorge National River with access to both the New River and the Gauley. On-site lodging options such as camping, platform tents and tricked out cabins provide comfort post paddling. In addition to the rafting, more fun awaits via kayaking, mountain biking, fishing, climbing, and tree tops canopy tours.

To book please call 888.782.9982 or visit www.adventurewestvirginia.com.

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  2. Rafting in Rishikesh on March 8, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    http://raftinginrishikesh4u.com/ – Rishikesh has become a main hub of river rafting in Rishikesh, North India. It’s an adventure sport best enjoyed with expert rafters and trainers staying at a white sand beach next to the river. It’s one of the much loved destinations of every adventure fan and rafting down the mighty Ganges is every adventure seekers dream come true.
    White Water Rafting in Rishikesh along Kodiyala, Marine Drive, Shivpuri and Bhrampuri lure adventure water sports lovers of all grades offering rafting tracks of different grades and interesting rapids like Golf 3 Blind Mice, Course, Roller Coaster, Return to Sender and many more. Rishikesh has earned the heading of the river rafting capital of India.

  3. Mike Loshe on June 17, 2013 at 6:25 am

    The gauley river is definitely a great place to go if you like a challenge. Last season I went down the class v rapids there and although it was a challenge (yes I did scream), I had a great time. I highly recommend the gauley river for any experienced rafters out there.

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