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RAPID NAME: Thread The Needle

RAPID RATING: Class III

RIVER SECTION: Lower New River Gorge - Cunard To Fayette Station

This rapid is named for the maneuver made in between two large boulders in the center of the river. At high to mid-level flows 32,000 – 7,500(12-4’), there are strong currents and eddylines here, as well as a wave at the bottom, left large enough to flip a raft at the highest levels. Once the water is lower, this is a fun place to swim in between the huge boulders and allow the currents to pull and spin you around. This is also a great place for beginner kayakers to practice pulling in and out of eddies. From the upper beach at Fayette Station, kayakers can easily attain upstream to Thread the Needle.