Fingernail Rock Rapid

whitewater rafting through Fingernail Rock Rapid on the Upper Gauley River in West Virginia

The most notable feature of this little rapid is the large flat undercut rock on the left side of the river, which can be a major hazard for anyone who enters this rapid on the left and widest entrance. At Autum release levels, this rock should not come into play if you enter the rapid in the center of the river. This center entrance will become too shallow and narrow at low water levels for rafts, and at that time, a ferry from left to right in front of Fingernail Rock may become necessary.

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Fingernail Rock Rapid at 2800 cfs