August 15, 2005 -- Hico, WV
The Animal Upper Gauley Race is coming soon! Plan now to come out and have a great time with us!
and now, here is your Gauley River WV access update....
Well, we are still in the "mystery zone" (squirt boaters will like that) as far as Private
Boater access for the Gauley Season and the race. Yes, this is a mess! The Gauley Race though
is "thumbs up" and we will be ready to race on September 26th! We DO have permission to be at
Sweets, but not to takeout at this time. We are continuing to work behind the scenes to make
something happen, and are optimistic it will change! For us here, this has been so
frustrating to observe- and that is almost all we can do except- We do know it is important
to call and or email WV representatives to let them know YOUR thoughts. Additionally, it is
very important to respect the rights of the land owners, and appreciate that we have been
allowed access for so long. But- this is a totally unacceptable situation for you and
me- private boaters. Or for that matter, ANY user- bird watcher, hiker, biker, fisherman,
kayaker, race spectator, etc. This is a National Park Recreation Area, and we want
access to it. If you are from out of state- then your support is equally as valid- these
representatives need to hear from you.
Contact these WV Representatives and ask them to help find a solution to this access issue!
Both short term and long term. Private paddlers love coming to this area and paddling the
Gauley River, but without any access- many may not come. The Gauley River is a National
Park Recreation Area and important to the local economy. (Contact information is below...)
** There is a grass roots effort to reopen the old right of way, river right below Woods Ferry.
Info can be found at
Congressman Nick J. Rahall
(HE is the top priority guy to connect with)
106 Main St.
Beckley, WV 25801
(304) 252-9803 (Fax)
2307 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-9061 (Fax)
Senator Robert Byrd
311 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-4801
Phone: (202) 224-3954
Fax: (202) 228-0002
Senator John D. Rockefeller
Web Site: rockefeller.senate.gov
531 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-4802
Phone: (202) 224-6472
Fax: (202) 224-7665
Gov. Joe Manchin III
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, E.,
Charleston, WV 25305
Local Economic Contacts:
Southern West Virginia Convention & Visitors Bureau
221 St. George Street; Suite 2
Beckley, WVV 25801
Summersville Chamber of Commerce
Summersville Convention & Visitors Bureau
Joe Cardullo, Executive Director
Leah Stein, Associate Director
P.O. Box 231
Summersville, WV 26651
Phone: Fax: (304) 872-3722 (304) 872-0506
We will see you soon on the Gauley!
Mountain Air Productions