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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

Date/Time
Place/Contact/Details
Currently
There are no known pool/roll sessions in the area.

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

KEY:      Club Trip      Event      Clinic      Club Meeting/Other

Date
Details
Skill Level
Contact Info
1/9
WVWA Club Meeting
Election of Officers for 2020
Dunbar Public Library
7:00pm 8:30pm
Click here for directions
n/a
Club President
Email the president
3/11
WVWA Club Meeting
7:15 PM - 8:00 PM (roll session starts at 6:00 PM)
YMCA Upper Kanawha Valley Montgomery, WV
(see the WVWA Forum for more information}
Click here for directions.
n/a
Club President
Email the President
3/27-3/29
Top Gauley / Williams River area *** Cancelled***
Weekend of paddling, camping, fire, firewater and friends. River paddled each day will depend on water levels and group ability. Contact Tim or watch for post about camping and paddle details.
See the forum for more information.
Novice/Intermediate
(see Members Only section)
4/3-4/5
Webster Wildwater Weekend *** Postponed until ??? ***
Webster Springs, WV
Stay tuned for more information
All
4/9-4/12
Annual Seneca Rocks Weekend *** Cancelled ***
Paddling Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday. Choice of river depending on levels. Could be Smoke Hole, branches of the Potomac, Narrows, etc. Camping at Princess Snowbird Campground near Seneca Rocks. Contact Jim Bobbitt for details.
Novice/Intermediate
(see Members Only section)
4/24-4/26
Cliff's Spring Fling *** Cancelled ***
Camping at Cliff Beck's near Greenbrier. River destinations will be determined the nite before. Watch the forum for more information.
All
(see Members Only section)
5/1-5/2
Cheat Festival *** Cancelled ***
Albright, WV
n/a
5/2-5/8
2020 Wildwater Canoeing World Cup *** Cancelled***
A set of 4 races, featuring the fastest paddlers in the world, on the Cheat River
Albright, WV
n/a
Chris Norbury/Codorus Wildwater Club
Click here for details
5/8-5/10
Camping at Audra State Park *** Cancelled ***
located on the Middle Fork River. Looking to paddle Class II-III sections of Middle Fork, Cheat Narrows, Tygart. Some of these are short runs and we may make two laps. Other rivers may be an option if anyone in group has experience and knowledge of the run. Fire, food and beverages at night..
Novice/Intermediate
(see Members Only section)
5/15-5/17
New River Festival *** Cancelled ***
ACE Advernture Resort
Click here for more information
All
5/15-5/17
Stoney Creek Rendezvous *** Cancelled ***
Johnstown, PA
Intermediate
6/13-6/14
WVWA Beginner/Novice Kayak Clinic *** Cancelled ***
Beginner/Novice
Tony Daniel
Contact Tony
6/27-6/28
National Youth Science Camp Weekend *** Cancelled ***
See Forum for details
Intermediate
Harry Netzer
Contact Harry
8/1
Captain Thurmond Challenge *** Cancelled ***
New River, WV
n/a
8/14-8/16
Lower Yough
Camping at Ohiopyle State Park. Paddling the Loop Friday evening after setting up camp. Paddling complete Lower Saturday and Sunday. Camping reservations suggested ahead of time. Launch permits required for Saturday (12:00) and Sunday (10:00). Great intermediate river if looking to advance to Class III water. Further details will be posted on the forum later.
Intermediate
(see Members Only section)
9/18-9/20
Gauley Festival Weekend ***Cancelled***
Summersville, WV
All
9/26
Weenie Fest
Upper New River
Glade Creek to Grandview Sandbar
All
(see Members Only section)
10/10-10/13
Russell Fork River
Virginia/Kentucky
More information will be posted on the forum later.
Novice/Intermediate
(see Members Only section)
10/17
Bridge Day Shuttle/Trip *** Cancelled ***
New River Gorge
Bridge Day has been cancelled by the event organizers
All
Dustin Johnson

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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