Post by Dustin Johnson on Mar 24, 2019 20:29:30 GMT -5
Date: 3/23 and 3/24 River: New River Gorge Level: 5ft Coordinator: Dustin Participants: Sat: Kim C, Scott B, Braxton B, Todd R, Sal B, Dustin J. Sun: Dustin, Kim Comments: Nice weekend on the gorge. We had a good sized group on Saturday, picking up Scott and Braxton who were at Fayette Station to run some laps.
The weather was cooler, with a stiff headwind most of the day. The sunshine and blue skies were welcomed. We didn't see any other people on the river, except for a few fishermen on the banks. Looks like most people were on the Dries. The level was slightly above 5ft, with big waves abound. Nobody had any issues, except me carping a few rolls on the bottom eddy line of Fayette Station before finally rolling up.
Sunday was much warmer. It was only Kim and I, but we saw several other groups on the water, including a few private rafts and a creature craft. The level was dead on 5ft today on the rock, a few hundred cfs less. It was a very pleasant day. Almost no wind until we made a point to say out loud how nice it was to not have the wind. Like magic, it got gusty for a few minutes then subsided once again.
We came across a boater on the bank below Lower Keeney who had a swim. He indicated his boat was just downstream. As we passed a big boulder on river right, we saw the rest of his group with his boat corralled. They seemed to have everything under control, so we continued down. We surfed a few waves here and there, but it was a fairly quick trip. Lots of tourists around Fayette Station today. Thankfully neither of us gave them much to gawk as we navigated the crashing waves to the takeout.
The water doesn't feel quite as cold, so hopefully spring weather will stick around and give us some nice boating days in the weeks to come.