|Country||United States of America|
|Mouth||Huntington, West Virginia|
|• average||2,304.35 cu ft/s (65.252 m3/s) (estimate)|
|River system||Ohio 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 was named after the French term for the Wendat Native Americans. 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 River is formed in southwestern Raleigh County by the confluence of three streams, Winding Gulf, Stonecoal Creek, and the Devils Fork. The Guyandotte 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 River from the south at Huntington, about 5 mi (8 km) east of the city's downtown.
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 streams and make the watershed a better place to live. UGWA has garnered much public support and produced results in partnering with numerous local, state, and federal agencies.
Cities and towns along the Guyandotte River
According to the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS), 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
- United States Environmental Protection Agency. "Watershed Report: Guyandotte River". watersgeo.epa.gov. Archived from the original on 2021-07-03. Retrieved 2021-07-03.
- Casto, James E. (2006). "Guyandotte River". In Ken Sullivan (ed.). The West Virginia Encyclopedia. Charleston, W.Va.: West Virginia Humanities Council. p. 306. ISBN 0-9778498-0-5.
- R.D. Bailey Lake website, US Army Corps of Engineers
- "Guyandotte" City of Huntington website
- Upper Guyandotte Watershed Association
- Rural Appalachian Improvement League
- Don Mills, "Guyandotte Disaster", Feb 2005, based on "Guyandotte Disaster", January 1, 1913", Cabell Record Archives, reprinted in Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society Magazine, May 1994, Sections 3 and 4 have contemporary photos from Cabell Record