Gauley River Overnight

Spend two days on one of the top five white water rivers in the world.

On this classic excursion, you'll raft the full 26-mile Gauley, camping overnight at Canyon Doors with chef-prepared cuisine and adult beverages included.

Here are the scheduled release dates for 2017 Gauley River Overnights. If you want a date in September, book early. They fill up quickly!


It's a pretty intense trip rafters return to every year for the unforgettable world-class rapids and adventure. Or maybe it's 5-star cuisine cooked with no electricity and no running water... or maybe it's the hot tub at the camp.

Check out our Gauley River Overnight Checklist for our recommended packing list for this trip. And when you're done with that... feast your eyes on these vittles.

About the Gauley River

The Gauley is characterized by multiple heavy rapids, requiring tight, technical maneuvering. In total, it is 24-26 miles long, but is often split into two main sections—the Upper and Lower Gauley.

About the Lower Gauley River

The Lower Gauley is a long run—17 miles—and though there are a few pools for relaxing and swimming, most of that length is spent in whitewater, with much of it class III-V. Though it doesn't pack quite the punch as the Upper Gauley in terms of technique and steely nerves needed, this river section should not be underestimated. It is the most advanced river section that we feel is appropriate for first-time rafters.

About the Upper Gauley River

The Upper Gauley is the cream of the whitewater crop. It is intimidating, and for good reason. This section of the river packs quite a punch, and may be the most high-adventure trip that most rafters will ever attempt. You can expect a world-class guide and an adventure you will never forget.

Gauley River Rapids Classification

Class III-V whitewater (on a scale of I to VI), with a few pools for relaxing and swimming.

Lower Gauley River Rapids Classification

Class III through V

Upper Gauley River Rapids Classification

Class IV through V

Guide Information

On class III-IV and harder trips, a guide sits in every raft and provides instruction at each major rapid and throughout the trip. On some trips like the Upper New and Summer Gauley, guests may be in their own inflatable kayaks (duckies). If that is the case, guides will be present to instruct, advise and assist.

Boat Size

Our standard rafts are 16 feet long, comfortably seating 8-9 guests and a guide.

Time on Water

You will spend between 4-5 hours on the river the first day and 4-6 hours on the second with riverside overnight camping in between.

What’s Provided

We provide transportation to and from the river, all rafting equipment (helmet, life jacket, paddle & boat), professional guides in each raft, meals and eating utensils.

On day one, you'll have a hot riverside lunch mid-day and dinner once your reach your campsite. The following day, you will have breakfast at the campsite and a hearty snack on the river.

What to Bring

For your rafting, bring any medication you need throughout the day, plus sunscreen, and sunglasses. Guides carry small waterproof bags to stow necessary medications. Because the Gauley River average water temperature is 50 degrees, you may also want a synthetic layer. Wetsuits and paddling jackets are available for rent.

For the overnight portion, you should bring a change of dry clothes and shoes, tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, pillow and toiletries. We will load this up at basecamp and drive it to the campsite.

Check out our Gauley River Overnight Checklist for our recommended packing list for this trip.

Group Reservations

Are you bringing a large crew (15+) from your youth group, business or similar organization? Request customized information here.

Requirements & Restrictions

The minimum age for this trip is 15 years old. Our PFDs (personal floatation devices) have a maximum chest capacity of 58 inches. We recommend the ability to swim and previous rafting experience for this trip.

Trip Safety

Your guides and leaders will discuss specific safety requirements on site.

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