Gauge Watching

posted May 6, 2016, 9:41 AM by Matt Kearns
(map courtesy Tim Kiser, Wikipedia, 2013)          

Two weeks ago I thought that we wouldn't have enough water to float the Elk River until we reached Sutton Lake, forcing us to consider alternative human-powered transportation options.

Now this week we have too much water in the upper Elk River, pushing the limits of safe conditions and making some of the rapids dangerous! 

You can join Adam and me in our anxious watching of the Elk River gauge as we keep an eye on conditions; gathering information to ultimately make the call whether to bike or boat the upper Elk River and deciding when and where we will finally (and safely) take to our canoe for the paddle to Charleston. 

We won't be able to determine the mode of travel in the upper watershed until we launch the Elkspedition. The below levels are recommendations only - our safety and efficient travel will be our only guidelines. But with a solid plan in place regardless of water levels, we will traverse the entire Elk River, under our own power, from its start in Birthplace of Rivers National Monument and be in Charleston on May 30th for the Elkspedition Homecoming Event! 

Slatyfork to Bergoo: 6.2 - 7.5 feet
Bergoo to Webster Springs: 5.0 - 7.0 feet
Webster Springs to Centralia: 4.5 - 7.0 feet