Corps to conduct full schedule of Gauley releases

CHARLESTON (AP) — Rainfall has been plentiful enough during a hot summer to allow for a full schedule of releases for the Gauley River’s fall whitewater season.

The Charleston Gazette reports the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will conduct releases from Summersville Dam starting Sept. 7 and ending on Oct. 21.

After the corps opens the valves to start lowering Summersville Lake from its summer recreation level to its winter level, minimum releases of 2,800 cubic feet per second will be made each day of the season.

The Upper Gauley is considered much more intense that the Lower Gauley, which is suitable for first-time rafters ages 12 and up. The fall rafting season is expected to draw tens of thousands of visitors.

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