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Dates out for whitewater rafting on the Gauley River


​​​FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. — Every September and October, West Virginia’s Gauley River features the world’s best whitewater.

The Summersville Dam is drawn down at 2,800 cubic feet per second by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to create close to 100 rapids, including nine Class V rapids in 26 miles.

2023 release dates are Sept. 8-11, 15-18, 22-25, Sept. 29-Oct. 2, and Oct. 6-8, 14-15 and 21-22.

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