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Gauley River Overnight Rafting Trips

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Fall Overnight White Water Rafting Trips on the Gauley River

Amazing Campsites Next to an Amazing River. Here are the odds: Rafting the Gauley River on a single-day trip, 96% of guests wish they had booked the overnight. A lot of them come back and do it, but you don't have to miss out the first time around. Take two days and feast on:
  • Over 70 rapids
  • Hot food right off the grill for dinner
  • ACE's private Gauley River camp sites
  • Total relaxation in between your time on the water
  • 14-foot, 6+ person rafts for a great ride
  • One Day Adventure Play Park Pass
What's cool about the overnight trip is this: camping out by the Gauley River. No TV. No cell phones. No worries. Let us take care of you while you hang out by the river, listen to the river and enjoy the ultimate in relaxation and getting-away-from-it-all.
 
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Reverse Gauley River Overnight

Rafting Are you ready to challenge two extraordinary days of world-class white water? Begin your adventure on the giant wave-trains of the Lower Gauley. Refuel that evening at ACE's private riverside camp - grilled nachos, a juicy steak dinner and hot melted s'mores. Slumber the night away in your own private tent, for there's another day of white water ahead - the Upper Gauley, starting at Summersville Dam!
  • Day 1– Lower Gauley – Class III-V rapids
  • Day 2 – Upper Gauley – Class III-V+ rapids
  • Trip Length: 23 miles (2 Full days)
  • Meals: Day 1 - lunch & dinner; Day 2 - breakfast & lunch
  • Tent & Sleeping Pads provided
  • Season: September - October
  • Min Age: 15

 Rates per person:  Min Age FRI/SAT SAT/SUN SUN/MON  
Book the 14' Raft Option Now and SAVE $25
 #1 Choice 14' Raft (6+ people) 15 $384 $384 $334
Book Now
 Wildest Ride 12' Raft (4+ people) 18 $409 $409 $359
Call to Book
*Check out the Fall Gauley Rafting Dates for available dates
 
 


Classic Gauley River Overnight

Gauley Rafting Experience both stretches of the Gauley without ever leaving the canyon. Day one, venture down the Upper Gauley tackling continuous, pounding white water. That evening, unwind by the fire, and share stories of the day's adventure. On day two, it's the monster roller-coaster waves of the Lower Gauley.
  • The Gauley from beginning to end – 23 miles in 2 days
  • Day 1– Upper Gauley – Class III-V+ rapids
  • Day 2– Lower Gauley – Class III-V rapids
  • Trip Length: 23 miles (2 Full days)
  • Meals: Day 1 - lunch & dinner; Day 2 - breakfast & lunch
  • Tent & Sleeping Pads provided
  • Season: September - October
  • Min Age: 15
 
 Rates per person:
Min Age FRI/SAT SAT/SUN SUN/MON  
Book the 14' Raft Option Now and SAVE $25
 #1 Choice 14' Raft (6+ people) 15 $384 $384 $334
Book Now
 Wildest Ride 12' Raft (4+ people) 18 $409 $409 $359
Call to Book
*Check out the Fall Gauley Rafting Dates for available dates
 
 


Gauley River Marathon OvernightRafting

Prepare yourself for North America's most intense and exciting river experience. Day one, journey 23 miles down the Upper and Lower Gauley in a steep, rocky riverbed of white water. That evening, experience dining hot-off-the-grill and the simple pleasure of a comfortable night under the stars at ACE's private riverside campsite. Day two, return to Summersville Dam, and raft the big class V+'s again!
  • Day 1– Gauley Marathon - all 23 miles
  • Day 2– Upper Gauley – Class III-V+ rapids
  • Trip Length: 35 miles (2 Full days)
  • Meals: Day 1 - lunch & dinner; Day 2 - breakfast & lunch
  • Tent & Sleeping Pads provided
  • Season: September - October
  • Min Age: 15
 
 Rates per person:    Min Age FRI/SAT SAT/SUN SUN/MON  
Book the 14' Raft Option Now and SAVE $25
 #1 Choice 14' Raft (6+ people) 15 $414 $414 $364
Book Now
 Wildest Ride 12' Raft (4+ people) 18 $439 $439 $389
Call to Book
*Check out the Fall Gauley Rafting Dates for available dates

MORE INFO

Rafting the Gauley River, white water that tops any list of destinations around the world, is a special thing. It is a hoot-and-a-half, and it can even be a transformative experience. No exaggeration: It's the kind of thing that inspires people to open new chapters in their lives. But, uh, lots of us just think Gauley River white water rafting is so fun you might as well camp out and make a real weekend of it. You should try it.

 

Riverside Overnight Trip Checklist

ACE Provides:

  • Guide
  • Tent & Sleeping Pads
  • Transportation to and from river
  • All rafting equipment (this doesn't include wet suit and rain gear, however, they can be rented)
  • Meals – lunch and dinner on day 1 and breakfast and lunch on day 2. Vegetarian or dietary restrictions requests need to be called in or faxed as soon as overnight reservations are made
  • Beverages – sodas, lemonade, water, and limited supply of beer
  • One water resistant bag per guest for personal items

You Need To Bring

  • Sleeping bag / Pillow
  • Personal toiletries (biodegradable soap, towel, toothbrush, etc.)
  • Change of clothing for camp including dry shoes
  • Additional beverages
  • Flashlight
  • Sunscreen
  • Jacket for camp
  • Bug repellent

Optional Items To Bring

  • Books, games, cards
  • Waterproof, disposable camera
  • Fishing Pole (fishing licenses are available at local sporting goods stores)

What To Wear

On fall Gauley River rafting trips, weather can vary quite a bit. Be prepared to rent a wetsuit or bring your own on most days. Cotton is a poor insulating layer to wear; when cotton gets wet (like it does when you are rafting the Gauley) it actually draws heat from your body, making you colder. There is a sayiing in the white water world that you should dress for the swim. Although no one plans to fall in the water while rafting the Gauley River, it does happen. On chilly days, wearing synthetic pile or fleece over your core along with a windbreaker works with your wetsuit (don't forget, Gauley River water is around 55 degrees) to keep you warm — and comfortable — all day. On particularly cold days, wool socks, gloves and skull caps are a good idea for conserving your body heat.
 

On the river:
  • Shorts and/or bathing suit
  • Polypro layers (top and bottom)
  • Windbreaker (you can rent one from us)
  • Wool or polypro socks
  • Wetsuit recommended in cooler temps (we rent those, too)
  • Extra layers (be ready for rain)
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses with strap
  • Wetsuit booties, river sandals, old shoes
  • Your "chillin'-I'm-on-vacation" face
  • Video - What To Wear

Don't Bring on the River

  • Towels
  • Wallets, keys, rings or jewelry
  • Hummel™ collectible figurines
Special Notes:
  • All ACE riverside camps have primitive rest room facilities; there is NO running water or electricity
  • Please lock all valuables in your car, including jewelry, wallet, money or anything you do not want to get lost or wet
  • You will need to arrive for check-in 1.5 hours before the trip departure time listed on your confirmation

Whitewater Safety Orientation Video

GAULEY RAPIDS

Gauley River Rafting: Everything You Need to Know.

Rafting the Gauley = Heavy Duty Fun.

It doesn't get any simpler. From peak releases during Gauley Season to challenging summer flows, the Gauley always delivers.

Gauley River Rafting

Upper Gauley

Big. Steep. Technical. Intense. Big. Why did we list big twice? The Upper Gauley is home to six rapids known as, well, the Big 6. Each one will quicken your pulse and make you whoop and holler. In between, don't sleep; there's plenty of whitewater to keep you on your toes.

Lower Gauley

For first-time rafters, the Lower Gauley is about as challenging as it gets. Long wave trains and big hits will put a grin on your face that just may be there permanently. Be prepared to dig in, but don't forget to take in the amazing views from the river.

Summer Gauley

Like solitude with your white water? The Summer Gauley has it in spades along with narrow chutes, steep drops and huge rocks. Take comfort, though. When you raft this legendary stretch of river, you raft with an experienced staff who've made the Summer Gauley their calling.

Gauley Overnights

Hard playing and serious relaxing are what Gauley River overnights are all about. There's plenty of rapids and plenty of food to go around. Get your Gauley on in the summer or fall and camp out at the coolest private overnight spots on the Gauley. You'll kick it around the fire, talking about the day's runs and what lies ahead.

 


Gauley Water Levels:

All days are scheduled for normal minimal release levels of between 2,800 to 3,200 cfs. These are ideal levels for world-class rafting on all sections of the Gauley. Water levels may vary due to weather conditions.


Gauley River Rapids: Check out this site for detailed information concerning the awesome Gauley River Rapids.

Gauley River Rapid Map

 

Additional Gauley Information

Rafting is only the tip of the the Gauley River's rich history. This water way has drawn men and women to its banks for more than 200 years, boasting enough diverse attractions to be designated a National Recreation Area by the United States government.

For history lovers, the Gauley story mirrors the story of the United States. The tale begins with the first West Virginia settlers in the 1770s. These pioneering European settlers braved the challenging terrain - and often-challenging relations with Native American residents who came before them.

Chapters followed on the Civil War and the timber, mine and railroad industries that continued well into the 20th century. The great civil works projects of the 1960s saw completion of the Summersville Dam near the Gauley's headwaters just before commercial rafting began on the New River. Though the Gauley River had been successfully run before the dam was built, it was the regulated flows that made commercial whitewater rafting possible.

Gauley River Today

The Gauley River's reputation these days is built on recreation. Between the Gauley River National Recreation Area, Summersville Lake and white water rafting, there is plenty to do.

The Gauley winds through three sections: the Upper, Middle and Lower, featuring different difficulty levels and amazing scenery. Many rafting outfitters offer trips from Spring to Fall, depending on local precipitation and water released by the Army Corps of Engineers from the Summersville Dam.

Gauley Season, a 22-day schedule of releases for white water enthusiasts in September and October, is the capstone to the rafting season in West Virginia. Each season, more than 60,000 paddlers take on world-famous rapids such as "Insignificant," "Pillow Rock" and "Sweet's Falls."

Beyond Rafting

Alongside the Gauley River, hikers, anglers and hunters enjoy the lush forest and abundant wildlife of the Monongahela National Forest. The area is home to many rare and threatened plants, such as Virginia spiraea. Along with rafting in the fall, you can also explore the brilliant foliage soaring along the New River Gorge through the crisp autumn air on a zip line or cruising down into the Gauley canyon on a guided mountain bike tour.

Wildlife watchers can find deer and even bear along the 26-mile corridor that stretches from the Summersville Dam to the where the Gauley and New rivers join to form the Kanawha River. Other animals that make their home in the area include 10 threatened species of mammals, birds, insects, fish and amphibians.



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2015 Gauley Release Dates TBD:

Gauley Water Levels:

All days are scheduled for normal fall water levels of between 2,800 to 3,200 cfs. These are ideal levels for world-class rafting on all sections of the Gauley. Water levels may vary due to weather conditions.


 
 

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2015 Gauley Release Dates TBD:

Gauley Water Levels:

All days are scheduled for normal fall water levels of between 2,800 to 3,200 cfs. These are ideal levels for world-class rafting on all sections of the Gauley. Water levels may vary due to weather conditions.


 
 

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2015 Gauley Release Dates TBD:

Gauley Water Levels:

All days are scheduled for normal fall water levels of between 2,800 to 3,200 cfs. These are ideal levels for world-class rafting on all sections of the Gauley. Water levels may vary due to weather conditions.


 
 
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