Guyandotte River

Guyandotte River

The Guyandotte River is a tributary of the Ohio River, approximately 166 mi (267 km) long, in southwestern West Virginia in the United States. It drains an area of the unglaciated Allegheny Plateau south of the Ohio between the watersheds of the Kanawha River to the northeast and Twelvepole Creek and the Big Sandy River to the southwest. Via the Ohio River, it is part of the Mississippi River watershed.


The Guyandotte is formed in southwestern Raleigh County by the confluence of two streams, Winding Gulf and Stonecoal Creek, [cite book| last= Casto |first= James E. |editor= Ken Sullivan (ed.) | title= The West Virginia Encyclopedia |year= 2006 |publisher= West Virginia Humanities Council |location=Charleston, W.Va. |isbn= 0-9778498-0-5 |pages= p. 306 |chapter=Guyandotte River] and flows initially west-northwestwardly into Wyoming and Mingo Counties. It turns briefly northward in Mingo County and enters Logan County, where it turns north-northwestwardly for the remainder of its highly meandering course through Logan, Lincoln and Cabell Counties. It enters the Ohio from the south in Huntington, about 5 mi (8 km) east of its downtown.


A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dam in Mingo County causes the river to widen as R.D. Bailey Lake in Mingo and western Wyoming Counties.


The Mud River joins the Guyandotte at Barboursville in Cabell County.The Slab Fork joins the Guyandotte in downtown Mullens in Wyoming County.

Upper Guyandotte Watershed Association

In Mullens an active watershed organization is working to reduce pollution in the headwaters of the Guyandotte River. The Upper Guyandotte Watershed Association (UGWA) is a grassroots, community-based organization working to reduce sources of pollution in order to clean up our streams and make our watershed a better place to live. By promoting positive change and producing results, UGWA has garnered a tremendous amount of public support and partnered with many local, state, and federal agencies.

Cities and towns along the Guyandotte River

*West Hamlin
*West Logan

Variant names

According to the Geographic Names Information System, the Guyandotte River has also been known as:
*Arbuckles River
*Big Laurel Fork
*Guiandotte River
*Guyan Dot River
*Guyan Dott River
*Guyan River
*Guyandates Creek
*Guyandot Creek
*Guyandot River
*Guyandott River
*Little Guiandot

ee also

*List of West Virginia rivers


External links

* [ R.D. Bailey Lake website]
* [ City of Huntington: Guyandotte]
* [ Upper Guyandotte Watershed Association]
* [ Rural Appalachian Improvement League]
* [ Guyandotte River Bridge collapse of January 1, 1913] {reference only}

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