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Lower Section Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Big Sandy Creek

Lower Section Info
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Put In:  Rockville Bridge
Take Out:  Jenkinsburg
Difficulty:  Class V
Gradient:  77 ft/mi
Run Length:  5.5 miles
Current Streamflow:  665 cfs @ 12/14/2016 02:15 PM - BIG SANDY CREEK AT ROCKVILLE, WV, reading taken from USGS
Flow Information (phone):  703-260-0305; gauge at Rockville.
Good Level:  5.5' to 7.0'
Season Comments:  May, July, August, September
Permit:  None presently required.
Character/Similar To:  Big Sandy Creek is steep and continuous with technical rapids and dramatic waterfalls.
Hazards:  Continuous high difficulty rapids. Difficult scouting and portaging.
Water Craft:  kayak
Camping on River:  Commercial campgrounds near Albright, West Virginia on Hwy 26.
Location:  In the Mid-Atlantic (WV), 155 miles Northeast of Charleston
Shuttle Logistics:  Put-in: From Albright, West Virginia drive six miles north on Hwy 26 to Valley Point and turn left onto Route 15 (Hudson Road). Continue 4.8 miles to Mt. Nebo, turn right and continue to Rockville.

Take-out: Return to Mt. Nebo and bear right at the intersection, go 2.3 miles to the edge of Cheat Canyon. Jenkinsburg Bridge is 1.2 miles downhill.

Towns near Lower Section Kayaking

Beckley West Virginia
Charleston West Virginia
Davis West Virginia

Other Resources

Southeastern Kayak Clubs
  • Burned Out Canoe Club
  • West Virginia Wildwater Association