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bake

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anybody know of some good kayak floats around the elkins/glady area? we are older and not looking for any challenging rapids but would like to find river stretches that are fun and somewhat of a challenge. my wife and I have a cabin in the glady area. we tried to float glady fork but ended up dragging the kayaks for miles, not a good experience.
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Tygart above and around elkins would probably be your best bet with the lower water. Unless we get a big push of water those smaller mountain streams are gonna stay boney. Brookie can give ya a better idea if he chimes in.
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Tygarts good around Elkins
Cheat anywhere from parsons to rowlesburg :)
With a little more water u can run the lowers shavers fork for a lil more challenge

Also try the glady again with more water lol it’s a classic

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Buy “Wildwater West Virginia”, latest edition. It’s oriented toward whitewater paddling, but has information that is helpful for the casual paddler, I.e. gauges, access points, stream description. Elkins is blessed with any type of water you want to paddle within an hours drive, class 1 to class 5. The Dry Fork was always my favorite.
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retired48

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I have a camp on Lower Shavers.  There are many long pools with light rapids between.  Summer would be good for easy kayaking from the upper bridge to the lower bridge.
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barney

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Tygart River has easy access at the boat ramp on Scott Ford Road. Fishing for Bass, Bluegills, Muskie, crappie, and catfish.  From the boat ramp you can Kayak upstream to the flood control dam and downstream to the dam near McDonalds.  Lots of trees in the water make good fish habitat.  Good area for beginners - all flat water.
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bake

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thanks for all the replies, they are quite helpful. Retired48, can you tell me the location of what you are calling the "upper" and "lower" bridges? I am familiar with the bridges at rt. 250 (upper shavers), the bridge at Bemis and the one on rt. 33 (lower shavers). Have you kayaked any of these runs between bridges? 
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Originally Posted by bake
thanks for all the replies, they are quite helpful. Retired48, can you tell me the location of what you are calling the "upper" and "lower" bridges? I am familiar with the bridges at rt. 250 (upper shavers), the bridge at Bemis and the one on rt. 33 (lower shavers). Have you kayaked any of these runs between bridges? 


U need this in your life
https://www.amazon.com/Canoeing-Kayaking-Guide-West-Virginia/dp/0897325451/ref=nodl_

Cheat bridge to bemis is for experts in whitewater boats

bemis to Bowden is solid intermediate at the beginning with whitewater boats lol

Bowden down and you’re good in your recreational/fishing boat

retired48 is likely referring to the stretch from Elkins to parsons. There are two bridges through there.

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Cheatriver8730

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Shavers below Bowden is very nice however it’s not runnable very often during the summer. I would guess 300 cfs minimum unless you don’t mind dragging quite a bit. Right now it’s around 85 cfs.
Online resource for a WV whitewater - https://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/state-summary/?state=WV

For Shavers below Bowden
https://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/3047/
And
https://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/3296/
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retired48

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The two bridges I am talking about are both on Lower Shavers.  "Upper" is the bridge by Revelles Campground and the "lower" bridge is downstream on Rt.33.  Really  nice water between the two.
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