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Show from today 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

Date/Time
Place/Contact/Details
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

Date
Details
Skill Level
Contact Info
1/14
Club Meetinging and election of officers
Click here for details
n/a
Ruth Bell
WVWA Forum
2/9
WVWA Club Meeting
Dunbar Public Library
7:00pm 8:30pm
Click here for directions
n/a
Club President
Email the president
3/9
WVWA Club Meeting
Dunbar Public Library
7:00pm 8:30pm
Click here for directions
n/a
Club President
Email the president
3/24-3/26
ACA Kayak Instructor Training Class with Chris Wing (part 1 of 2)
click here for details
Intermediate/Advanced
3/31-4/2
ACA Kayak Instructor Training Class with Chris Wing (part 2 of 2)
click here for details
Intermediate/Advanced
3/31-4/1
Taluah Fest
Talllulah Gorge, Georgia
Intermediate/Advanced
4/7-4/9
Webster Wildwater Weekend
Webster Springs, WV
(See the forum for details)
(Note: There will be no downriver race this year)
All
The Webster Guys (Geary and Jim)
4/8
River Clean Up
River to be determined based on water levels
(stay tuned for more information)
n/a
Harry Netzer
Email Harry
4/13
WVWA Club Meeting
Dunbar Public Library
7:00pm 8:30pm
Click here for directions
n/a
Club President
Email the president
4/15-4/16
Senneca Rocks Weekend.
Paddling Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday. Rivers depend on river levels. Plan on Hopewell Canyon, upper section novice/intermediate and lower section intermediate/advanced, Senneca Creek. Alternate rivers will be Cheat Narrows and North Branch of Potomac. Camping at Princess Snowbird Campground at Senneca Rocks.
See the message forum for more information.
All
(see Members Only section)
4/21-4/23
Cliff's Spring Fling Paddlers Camp 3
See the forum for details
All
(see Members Only section)
5/5-5/6
Cheat Fest
Albright, WV
n/a
5/5-5/7
Cliff's Spring Fling Paddlers Camp 4
See the forum for details
All
(see Members Only section)
5/11
WVWA Club Meeting
Dunbar Public Library
7:00pm 8:30pm
Click here for directions
n/a
Club President
Email the president
5/13-5/14
WVWA Aspiring Intermediate Kayak Clinic
Cherry River, Summit Lake Campground
Lead Instructor: Steve Pack
Co-Instructors: Tom Connelly & Harry Netzer
Click here for more information and to register
Novice/Intermediate
Harry Netzer
Email Harry
6/8
WVWA Club Meeting
Dunbar Public Library
7:00pm 8:30pm
Click here for directions
n/a
Club President
Email the president
6/10-6/11
Beginner/Novice Clinic
Greenbrier River (or comparable)
Lead Instructor: Tony Daniel
Click here for more information and to register
Beginner/Novice
Tony Daniel
Email Tony
6/17
Tour de Coal
Coal River
All
6/17
Upper New
Glade Creek to Grandview
Beginner/Novice
(see Members Only section)
6/17
Stoneycreek below Showers Rapid
Putin at 11:00 at bridge below Showers Rapid.
Camping Friday and Saturday night at Tall Oaks Campground near Ohiopyle, PA. Mention that you are with WVWA to camp together.
See the message forum for the latest news about this trip.
Intermediate
(see Members Only section)
6/18
Lower Yough
Launch permits required and can be reserved through Pennsylvania State Parks web site. Make reservation for the 10:00 - 11:00 AM time slot. Be in putin parking lot by 10:00 to arrange shuttle with target shuttle departure of 10:30.
See the message forum for the latest news about this trip.
Intermediate
(see Members Only section)
6/24-6/25
Nat'l Youth Science Camp Weekend
Stay tuned for more information
Novice/Intermediate
Harry Netzer
Email Harry
7/1-7/9
Carolina Canoe Club Week of Rivers
(in Western North Carolina)
All
8/26
2017 Anniversary Celebration
See the forum for more information and to register for the dinner.
All
Ruth Bell (coordinator)
9/14-9/17
Gauley Fest
Summersville, WV
All
9/14
WVWA Club Meeting
Dunbar Public Library
7:00pm 8:30pm
Click here for directions
n/a
Club President
Email the president
9/16
Lower New (NRG)
Avoid the Gauley Fest crowds and have this river to yourself. First timers welcome. Levels should be good and guides the best. Meet at Fayette Station at 10:00
Intermediate/Advanced
(see Members Only section)
9/18
25th Annual Animal Upper Gauley Race
Upper Gauley
Summersville, WV
Advanced
9/22-9/24
NOC Guest Appreciation Festival (GAF)
All
9/23
WVWA Weenie Festival
Stay tuned for more information
All
(see Members Only section)
10/21
6th Annual New River Gorge (NRG) Bridge Day Trip
Click here for more information.
All
Tony Daniel
Email Tony
11/9
WVWA Club Meeting
Dunbar Public Library
7:00pm 8:30pm
Click here for directions
n/a
Club President
Email the president
1/11
WVWA Club Meeting
Dunbar Public Library
7:00pm 8:30pm
Click here for directions
n/a
Club President
Email the president
5/4-5/5
Cheat River Festival
All

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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