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jimh posted 11-01-2005 08:11 AM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  

This looks like an interesting water way. Do we have any Boston Whaler owners navigating this river?

Buckda posted 11-01-2005 10:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Jim -
When I went to college in Virginia, I used to drive right by the river in Charleston, WV - I saw a 15' Whaler at a dock behind one of those nice homes right there in downtown; so I know there is at least one Whaler there - but if they're on the site - THAT is the question!

jimh posted 11-01-2005 01:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Using Goggle Earth, I estimate that the Kanawha River looks like it is navagable for about 90-miles above the junction with the Ohio. It flows through some interesting country in West Virginia. We recently drove alongside of the river on Interstate-77, and we noticed navigation buoys in the channel as well as signs of commercial barge operations.

I don't know if there are any marinas catering to transient boaters--I tend to doubt it--but it would be a very interesting day trip up that river!

jimh posted 11-01-2005 01:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
More interesting data:

where2 posted 11-01-2005 11:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Based on an article in Trailer Boats Magazine (October 2005) Hey, Mon! (cruising the Monongahela River)", it would appear your best bet is to locate someone with a copy of "Quimby's Cruising Guide" or "The Ohio Valley Regional Guide". Looking on Quimby's site it appears the latter guide includes information on "The Great Kanawha River".

Set a course for next spring Jim, let us know how you enjoyed it, and what Whalers were to be seen along the route.

JimH continues to make me jealous as my Whalers have only been 35 miles from home for as long as I've owned them, and they both have trailers.

kingfish posted 11-02-2005 10:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     

I've got an Ohio River Quimby's that is a couple of years old - I'll take a look tonight to see if there's much good info on the Kanawha. If so you're welcom to borrow it.


kingfish posted 11-03-2005 11:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     

Turns out I have the entire Quimby's, Mississippi included, and I have scanned the three pages on the Great Kanawha into Adobe Acrobat and sent them to you as a .pdf document. Not a whole lot of information, but a lot more than I knew before...


jimh posted 11-03-2005 09:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
John--I received your email. Thanks for the information.

I called the lock master at the Winfield Lock and Dam which is 31 miles up the river from its mouth at the junction with the Ohio. The fellow said they get plenty of recreational boat traffic, but they give precedence to commercial barges. There is no fee for locking through. There is fuel available at some marinas along the river.

There are three locks on the river if you travel all the way to the head of navigation, which is about 91 miles from the Ohio. It looks like an interesting cruise. One thing I like about riverine boating: you can generally count of the wind-driven waves to not be too big. The river is in quit a gorge, and the surrounding hills are rather tall as you get upstream a ways. However, there is a lot of industrial traffic. They call this area "chemical valley" and probably for good reason. Of course, I do have a fascination of sorts with industrial facilities--guess it is from growing up in Detroit!

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