Formed by the Summersville Dam on its namesake lake, the river flows northwest through Charleston, formerly spanned by the South Side and West Charleston Bridges. The Kanawha River is shallow, completely dry in some sections, branching through Charleston in the riverbed's lowest elevations. The riverbed is joined by the likewise dry riverbed of the New River near Charleston Station, continuing after with only a few sparse patches of water remaining, dotted by makeshift structures.
Behind the scenes
The Kanawha River is a real world location of the same name in West Virginia.
- Fallout 76 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide Atlas of Appalachia p. 337: CHARLESTON
"Though you should make time to explore the north lakeside community of Summersville, and the shanty dwellings scattered across the deceptively dry Summersville Lake, you'll probably spend most of your time surveying the damage the city of Charleston suffered after the dam broke, sending the contents of the Kanawha River rushing through town (and that’s not counting the bomb damage)."
- Fallout 76 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide Atlas of Appalachia p. 335: ZONE E: CHARLESTON AND SURROUNDINGS
"The city of Charleston encompasses this and the next eight Primary Locations, all within a relatively delineated border (basically the ruins on either side of the empty Kanawha River)."
- Fallout 76 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide Atlas of Appalachia p. 337: Kanawha River Stilt Shack