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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
Wednesdays
October 23, 2019 thru ???
6pm - 8pm
Upper Kanawha Valley YMCA
Montgomery, WV
$5 per person for those who are not YMCA members
Free for YMCA members
See the WVWA Forum for details

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
1/10
WVWA Club Meeting
Dunbar Public Library
7:00pm 8:30pm
Click here for directions
n/a
Club President
Email the president
3/14
WVWA Club Meeting
Dunbar Public Library
7:00pm 8:30pm
Click here for directions
n/a
Club President
Email the president
4/13-4/14
Webster Wildwater Weekend
Webster Springs, WV
See the forum for more from Jim Casey.
All
The Webster Guys (Jim & Geary)
Webster County Tourism
4/19-4/21
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.
Novice/Intermediate
(see Members Only section)
5/3-5/4
Cheat Festival
Albright, WV
n/a
5/9
WVWA Club Meeting
Dunbar Public Library
7:00pm 8:30pm
Click here for directions
All
Club President
Email the president
5/25-5/26
WVWA Whitewater Kayak Clinic
See the WVWA forum for more information.
All
Tony Daniel
Email Tony
7/13-7/14
National Youth Science Camp Weekend
See the Message Forum for more information about how to volunteer and loan equipment.
Novice/Intermediate
Harry Netzer
Contact Harry
9/12
WVWA Club Meeting Meeting Canceled
Dunbar Public Library
7:00pm 8:30pm
Click here for directions
All
Club President
Email the President
9/19-9/22
Gauley Festival
Summersville, WV
All
9/23
27th Annual Animal Upper Gauley Race
Summersville, WV
Advanced
9/28
WVWA Weenie Festival
Upper New
Click here for the latest information
All
(see Members Only section)
10/19
Bridge Day Shuttle/Trip
New River Gorge
Stay turned for more information later this year.
All
Dustin Johnson
12/12
WVWA Club Meeting
South Charleston Library
7:00pm 8:30pm
Click here for directions
Click here for more information
n/a
Club President
Email the president

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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