Rafters on the Gauley River this fall can expect to "kiss the pillow" pretty hard at the river's fabled Pillow Rock rapids. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has authorized higher-than-normal rafting flows for the September-October whitewater season.
On six midweek days, the Gauley will flow at nearly 5,000 cubic feet per second, nearly double a normal rafting flow. That's when expert kayakers and experienced rafters will want to come out and play.
Gauley River whitewater outfitters are looking forward to a fall season that will feature more days of rafting on the Gauley River, as well as higher-than-normal flows. Rafting companies expect the conditions to attract paddlers from across the United States.