The Kanawha River (pronounced ka-NAW-ah
or kuh-NAW and earlier, kuh-NOIE) is a tributary of the
Ohio River, approximately 97 miles long, in West Virginia. The largest
inland waterway in West Virginia, it has formed a significant industrial
region of the state since the middle of the 19th century.
What do you know about the Kanawha River?
Explore the Quick US Geography Rivers and Streams Quiz. "Check Your Answers" at the end of
It is formed at the town of Gauley Bridge in northwestern Fayette
County, approximately 35 miles SE of Charleston, by the confluence of
the New and Gauley rivers. What is the elevation at he confluence?
- 653 feet
- 663 feet
- 673 feet
2. What is the river that flows into the Kanawha
River in Charleston, West Virginia?
- Elk River
- Moose River
- Bear River
3. Where does the Coal River flow into the Kanawha
- St. David
- St. Albans
4. At Poca the Pocatalico River flows into the
Kanawha River. The Pocatalico River begins in Roane County. The is the
community close to the starting point?
5. The river valley contains significant deposits
of coal and natural gas. In colonial times, the wildly fluctuating level
of the river prevented its use for transportation.
6. The river is now navigable to an unincorporated
community about 20 miles upriver from Charleston. What is the name of
- Rising Tide
- Cabin Creek
7. According to the Geographic Names Information
System, what is NOT a name the Kanawha River has been known as?
- Great Kenhaway River
- Big Connawas River
- Cabin Creek River
8. What is the name of the Lock and Dam on the
Kanawha River 31 miles upriver from the mouth at Point Pleasant.
9. Glen Ferris is an unincorporated village on the
western bank of the Kanawha River in Fayette County, West Virginia. What
does the town look over?
- Kanawha Falls
- Mannington Falls
- Jerome Falls
10. At the mouth of Kanawha River, it flows into
the Ohio River. The elevation with the Ohio River is 538 feet. What is
the town where the Kanawha River flows into the Ohio River?
- Point Pleasant