Gauley Season 2016

August 24, 2016 7:48 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The Gauley is run year-round by recreational boaters and from spring to fall by commercial rafting companies. During the majority of the year, boating is dependent on water level, which fluctuates dramatically depending on rainfall and the level of Summersville Lake. However, starting the Friday after Labor Day, the Army Corps of Engineers provides a series of twenty-two controlled releases for the express purpose of downriver recreation. These releases are collectively known as “Gauley Season” and are scheduled on six successive weekends, the first five of which are four-day weekends (Friday through Monday) and the last of which is just Saturday and Sunday. Typical release levels during “Gauley Season” range from 2,400 to 2,800

The controlled releases tend to make fishing down on the lower much more productive during the “Season”

Pro River Outfitters is one of the few outfitters that offer trips on this section of river on release weekends.

The moving water makes for great Smallmouth action while the calmer pools are prefect place to hunt for a Musky.



DatesFriSatSunMonTarget Flow
Sep 9-127:00-1:006:00-2:006:00-2:007:00-1:002800 cfs
Sep 16-197:00-1:006:00-3:006:00-3:007:00-2:002800 cfs
Sep 23-267:00-1:006:00-2:006:00-2:007:00-1:002800 cfs
Sep 30 – Oct 37:00-1:006:00-2:006:00-2:007:00-1:002800 cfs
Oct 7-107:00-1:006:00-2:006:00-2:007:00-1:002800 cfs
Oct 15-166:00-2:006:00-2:002800 cfs














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