Bucket Full O’ Gauley Deals to Raft the “Beast of the East” Available at Adventures on the Gorge this Season
Even with the world’s best guaranteed fall rafting approaching, there are still deals to be found during “Gauley Season.”
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opens the flood gates at West Virginia’s Summersville Dam Fridays through Mondays on seven weekends in September and October, and the result is the biggest water in the world with 97 rapids Class III and above, including nine Class V.
“Not surprisingly, our busiest days are Saturday and Sunday,” said Dave Arnold, co-founder and senior vice president of strategic partnerships for of Adventures on the Gorge (AOTG), the leading whitewater outfitter in the mid-Atlantic region. “But those who are flexible or call Fridays and Mondays parts of their weekend can score some smoking deals.”
The stretch of the Gauley River popular with rafters is 25 miles long and is commonly rafted in two sections called the Upper Gauley and Lower Gauley. Many rafters opt to run the Upper and Lower Gauley on successive days.
Release dates this year are Sept. 8-11, 15-18, 22-25, 29-Oct. 2 and Oct. 6-8, 14-15 and 21-22.
Gauley Season Deals
AOTG offers several deals for rafters who want to experience the “Beast of the East.” Prices do not include taxes, fees or gratuity.