The water is not as high as I would like, but do-able. With all the rain that was predicted, little fell. The forecast yesterday was for 60% chance of thunder storms, and a sprinkle fell. The forecast today is for 60% chance of thunder storms, and as for now there are none on the weather radar. The forecast for tomorrow is for 60% chance of thunder storms; will they be right?
Here is the stream Gage for Wheeling Creek: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/wv/nwis/uv?site_no=03112000
It is just below 1.7 feet. I like it when it is at a solid 2.0, and will not go at 1.5. At 1.5 there is a good deal of dragging. Buffalo Creek has a similar water flow as Wheeling Creek. I went to see Wheeling Creek just a bit ago and I would do it so I am still planning to paddle Buffalo Creek tomorrow. If the water is not good, there is a secondary Paddle down Wheeling Creek, or around Wheeling Island we can do.
Please respond to me by email if you are coming, or not: [address removed]
I am going to be at a concert tonight, then fireworks, and will not be in until late. My cell is:[masked] if you would like to phone in the later morning.
Meetup is at 1:00 at the intersections of W. Va. Route 2, and W. Va. Route 67 in Wellsburg. Turn toward the river at the traffic signal; it is less then a hundred yards. It may take four hours to paddle, we will brake for a snack you will bring. Then if you like we can have dinner together.
I am hoping it all works out for the best,
From: Ben Schneider <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Tuesday, August 27,[masked]:42 PM
Subject: Re: [kayaking-129] CONOMAUGH RIVER SUNDAY[masked]
The take out would be the intersection of Route 2, and Route 67 in Wellsburg, WV. The put in is on Hukill Run Road, not far from Bethany, WV. I am not sure how far it would be for you to either spot. Route 22 west to Route 2 then south to Route 67. Or cut through the country to Bethany.
If you have a GPS, punch in the intersections and tell me what it says.
Marie Wroble is joining us. I am not sure how many more yet because it is early.
With rain in the forecast, and the stream levels at a good height now, I am planning a paddle down Buffalo Creek, from Bethany, WV to Wellsburg, WV next Monday, Labor Day. This is a scenic paddle of about 12 miles with the current, and has class 1 rapids at most. The only flat water is the last two miles because of the river back up. There is a fair amount of wildlife along this stream.
I am thinking a good start time would be near 11:00, and a stop for lunch midway. Expect maybe four hours of paddling, plus the lunch break.
I did this paddle last spring with Linda, and Mike and liked it very much. It would be a good beginners paddle.