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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

Sundays - 8:00 to 9:30 PM
January 7 2018 - April 29, 2018
Except April 1st (Easter)
South Charleston Community Center
601 Jefferson Road, Charleston, WV 25309
(304) 744-4731

Click here for a map and directions

Cost: $5/session for WVWA members and first timers, $10/session for repeat users who are not WVWA members.

See the message forum for more information.

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
WVWA Club Meeting
Dunbar Public Library
7:00pm 8:30pm
Click here for directions
Club President
Email the president
WVWA Club Meeting
Dunbar Public Library
7:00pm 8:30pm
Click here for directions
Club President
Email the president
WVWA Club Meeting
Dunbar Public Library
7:00pm 8:30pm
Click here for directions
Club President
Contact the President
Annual Seneca Rocks Weekend
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. Also, see the thread on the WVWA Forum
(see Members Only section)
Webster Wildwater Weekend
Webster Springs, WV
See the Forum for more from Jim Casey
The Webster Guys (Geary and Jim)
Webster County Tourism
Cliff's Spring Fling Paddlers Camp
See the forum for details
(see Members Only section)
Cheat River Festival
WVWA Club Meeting
Dunbar Public Library
7:00pm 8:30pm
Click here for directions
Club President
Contact the President
WVWA Aspiring Intermediate Kayak Clinic
Top Gauley & Cherry Rivers, Summit Lake Campground
Lead Instructor: Tom Connelly
Click here for more info and to register
Tom Connelly
Email Tom
Beginner/Novice Clinic
Greenbrier River (or comparable)
Lead Instructor: Tony Daniel
Click here for more info and to register
Tony Daniel
Contact Tony
National Youth Science Camp Weekend
Stay tuned for more information
Harry Netzer
Email Harry

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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