No Drought Here; 2012 Whitewater Rafting is Great on the New and Gauley Rivers

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Come to Adventures On the Gorge in southern West Virginia and discover what record rainfall means for whitewater rafting.

"We've had steady rains throughout the summer, with a record six inches of rain in June alone," said Dave Arnold, Adventures On The Gorge managing partner. "That means great rafting on the New and Gauley Rivers now and even better rafting when Gauley Season comes next month." Arnold said. “The rivers continue to be a great place to find refreshing summer adventure and fun for families, friends and groups that are looking for late summer and fall vacations and getaways," he said.

Looking forward to Gauley Season, which begins September 7, Arnold said Adventures On The Gorge guests can expect a great season, with good water releases from the Summersville Dam. Gauley Season comes when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers begins dropping the water level in the Summersville Dam from summer to winter levels. The timed releases allow for added volumes in the Gauley River. In turn, that means thrills for adventurous rafters who come to enjoy exciting Class IV and V rapids on the Upper Gauley River and Class III and IV rapids on the Lower Gauley.

“Rafting enthusiasts come from around the world for Gauley Season,” Arnold said. “We are proud of the cooperative efforts of government officials, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and our community to make this a great time to be in the New River Gorge region.”

Summersville Lake is the first lake in the nation to have downstream recreation designated as part of the project purpose for its dam. That legislation was crafted by U. S. Representative Nick Joe Rahall (D-WV) and signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. The legislation established the Gauley, New and Bluestone rivers as a national recreation area. “Representative Rahall’s vision has paid dividends for our tourism industry and for the millions of visitors who enjoy our water recreation,” Arnold said.

To make reservations for great whitewater rafting, call 877.237.4939 or email info(at)onthegorge(dot)com.

Adventures On The Gorge offers whitewater rafting options that include half-day, full-day and overnight excursions. Coupled with the TreeTops Canopy Tour, TimberTrek Aerial Adventure Park and Gravity Zip Lines, the 1,000 acre outdoor recreation resort offers activities that can appeal to all ages. The new Canyon Falls swimming pool is also a great spot for post-adventure relaxation for everyone.

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