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On Saturday morning, we started the day with canoe drills and instruction. By the afternoon, we had gotten everyone up to speed for the next days paddling on Greenbrier River. That afternoon, we had speed and distance races, followed by a slalom race that would help develop the skills needed for an easy river trip.
Sunday morning, we arrived in Marlinton, WV and put the boats in the river at the state put in. We then set the shuttles at Sebert, near Watoga State Park. There was a slight drizzle as we pulled out from Marlinton, and the water was at 3ft on the gage there. When the water is that high, you could almost lose your paddle at the start of the trip, and grab a tree limb at the take out, and be OK. The fishing was still good, even though the water was so high, and many of the scouts and adults on the trip caught smallies and redeyes. The rain quit about 6 miles down stream, and the sun came out and the scenery was wonderful.
The river is lined by the WV hiking, biking and skiing trail, that was a railroad. The tracks were removed from Ronceverte to Durban, and for many miles are the only signs of man.
This trip is a good one for beginners and fishermen, when the water is up, and can be a very technical (rock dodging) when low. The trip is about 10 miles long, and can take from 3 to 8 hours to complete, depending on the fishing and how high the water is, or how low it is and if the rock you hit was slick enough for the boat to go on, without getting out and dragging.
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