Originally Posted by pilom
For rafting I may agree with you guys about Boise but I gotta say the Morgantown, WV (Ohiopyle, PA and Friendsville, MD are all the same) area is pretty amazing for kayaking. Its just West Virginia and so all non-locals just blow it off and forget about it.
The Cheat Canyon, and the Upper and Lower Yough run all year long (365 days a year on the lower yough which has an 18' waterfall). Valley Falls is the perfect place to learn how to run waterfalls (8' and 10' with low consequences). The Cheat has 50+ tributaries in that 4/5 range. Top Yough, Stony Creek, Tygart and Lower Big Sandy all run 50+ days a year. And, 4 hours gets you to the New and Gauley rivers in southern WV.
I've never been to the PNW but the WV, PA, MD border is a pretty amazing place for kayaking.
I'm obviously a little biased but I agree. I've heard somewhere that wv is the most river-dense state in the us but can't find any citation right now (would depend on how it's defined I figure)
But Living in charleston I have some 300 plus runs mapped...and i think more (I'll check my maps tomorrow) that range from steep creeking like bulls run of the Cheat to big whitewater like the Gauley or New all within a 3 hour drive....most are closer than 2 hours. This is not including all of the flat water floats either.
It's Purty sweet
...but much of it too small for rafts
specifically now that I think about it though