Upper Staircase Rapid

whitewater kayaking through Upper Staircase Rapid on the Lower Gauley River in West Virginia

This rapid is located just downstream of a giant boulder in the center of the river. Most people stay down the left side of this long rapid to avoid a double pour-over hydraulic in the middle of the river towards the bottom of the rapid.

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Upper Staircse Rapid at 2800 cfs