The Gauley River is a 105-mile-long river in West Virginia. It merges with the New River to form the Kanawha River, a tributary of the Ohio River. It is one of the best fishing secrets in the Eastern United States. The fishing in the Gauley River National Recreation Area is always an adventure, this steep remote canyon is home to several species of trout, Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, and Musky. When the water levels are right the Gauley River has fishing spots the few have cast in before. In the proper craft and with an experienced guide you never know what you are going to catch next.
The Gauley rises in the Monongahela National Forest on Gauley Mountain in Pocahontas County as three streams, the North, Middle, and South Forks, each of which flows across the southern extremity of Randolph County; they converge in Webster County. The river then flows generally west-southwestwardly through Webster, Nicholas and Fayette counties, past the towns of Camden-on-Gauley and Summersville, to the town of Gauley Bridge, where it joins the New River to form the Kanawha River. Via the Kanawha and Ohio rivers, it is part of the Mississippi River watershed.
The Gauley's largest tributaries all flow into the main river from the east (flowing in a westerly direction) and are described as follows:
The Williams River drains a segment of the Monongahela National Forest, joining the Gauley in rural Webster County. The Cranberry River also flows through the Monongahela National Forest and empties into the Gauley in rural Nicholas County. The Cherry River, which initially flows through the town of Richwood, joins the Gauley near Craigsville. The Meadow River, which initially flows through the town of Rainelle, joins the Gauley at the Fayette-Nicholas County border in the middle of the upper class 5 section. PRO River Outfitters offers custom fishing trips on all of these West Virginia mountain streams.