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West Virginia Wildwater Association
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Current year + Guidelines for Participants and Coordinators of River Trips Prior Year

All participants in West Virginia Wildwater Association trips do so as common adventurers. The club or its individual members may coordinate paddling trips but no one is considered leader of a trip. All participants take the responsibility for making their own decisions including, but not limited to, whether to participate on any particular water body or section, what equipment they use, the routes they may choose to paddle, whether their skill levels and abilities are appropriate for the activity or whether climate and water conditions are appropriate for their participation.

Click here to volunteer to coordinate a trip.
Send the Cruise Chair an email if you need to change a trip that is already on the WVWA calendar.

Roll Sessions

Thursdays - 7:00 to 8:30 PM
May 31, 2018 - August 30, 2018

$5 per person, per night

Ridgewood Pool, South Charleston

Rules: Boats MUST be CLEAN. No sand, dirt, leaves, acorns, etc. No peeing in the pool. Do not slide boats off the edge into the pool. Kids under 18 need to be accompanied by an adult.

Watch the WVWA Forums for additional information.

Directions: Traveling west on Kanawha Turnpike, pass the old Rocklake Pool/Putt-putt. Kanawha Turnpike becomes Lincoln Drive/CR 12, in 0.4 miles bear left onto Rockcrest Drive, in 0.2 miles turn left on Rachel Lane, turn right onto driveway as Rachel Lane ends. Click here for a map
If you need help call Don Beyer at (304) 419-2246.

Trips, Events, & Meetings
(Check the Message Forum for any "spur of the moment" trips/news.)

KEY:      Club Trip      Event      Clinic      Club Meeting/Other

Skill Level
Contact Info
Lower Yough
Running the Loop Friday evening. Short section with 6 rapids; takes about 35-40 minutes to run. Running full river Saturday and Sunday. Launch permits required for Saturday (12:00) and Sunday (10:00). Meet at putin one hour prior to launch time. Camping at Kentuck campground in Ohiopyle State Park. Reserve campsite and launch permits on the Park website

See the message forum for more information.

(see Members Only section)

WVWA Skill Levels for Club Trips

Beginner - Will contain rapids not exceeding Class I in difficulty

Novice - Will contain Class I and II rapids with an occasional easy Class III

Intermediate - Will contain Class II and III rapids with an occasional easy Class IV

Advanced - Will contain a full range of Class III-IV rapids

Expert - Trips at this level are not schedule by the WVWA

These trip ratings are informal ratings only. They are based on the "International Scale of Difficulty", as published by American Whitewater. They should never be considered absolute since weather and water conditions can alter the difficulty of any river.

River Courtesy

River courtesy extends beyond aid to a fellow paddler. We ask all paddlers to consider the following and to promote river courtesy by example:

  1. The rivers are shared by fishermen, rafters, picnickers and wildlife. Intruding on each as little as possible encourages and improves enjoyment of the rivers for all.
  2. While boats leave no tracks in the water, the banks, put-in and take-out points show evidence of our presence. Please treat each put-in and take-out as the delicate ecological specialty that it is.
  3. Litter, from whatever source, detracts from the beauty of the river. Make each river a cleaner place for our having been there. Carry and fill a trash bag on each river trip.
  4. Over-night camping and lunch-stops should be located on shore away from the fragile river beaches and banks. Blackened fire rings do nothing for aesthetics and attract more fires and trash.
  5. River clean-up, done little by little by each paddler, will do much to retain the very special character of our southern rivers. Courtesy is a very real means of preserving the rivers for now and the future.
  6. Remember the landowners. They live there and we are but guests. Strive to be a polite guest. Always ask permission, and leave things better than you found them.


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