Rooster Tail Rapid

National Park Service raft rowing through Rooster Tail Rapid on the Lower Gauley River in West Virginia

Most folks enter this one on the left and follow the current to a nice wave train at the bottom. This rapid derives its name from the feature in the middle of the river at the bottom where water slams into a boulder and creates a spray of water that appears as a funny looking wave from upstream.

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Rooster Tail Rapid at 2800 cfs