Big Sandy River Rafting

The Upper Big Sandy River in WV starts out as a total flat water stream and builds it way up to a full scale river in six miles. At super high water levels it's like the Grand Canyon, at lower water levels it's a tight little technical run that grows to a fun slalom run. This section has several good size ledges after the little Sandy joins in. This is where the action starts, steep drops over blind ledges require quick decisions and paddle responses. All rafters are active participants.

The Little Sandy is a little harder, smaller and more technical before meeting the Upper Big Sandy just above most of the big rapids. This section is also a high water option when everything is in big flood.

Lower Big Sandy is the most remote, most scenic and the most challenging whitewater in Northern WV. The banks are choked with laurel, making scouting and portaging very difficult.


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