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FAYETTEVILLE (WVVA) -- West Virginia's summer tourism for 2012 has received mixed reviews so far.

With all the rain we've had this summer, resort managers say it's slowed business in the whitewater rafting and outdoor adventuring business.

WVVA meteorologists have calculated two-thirds of the days this summer have seen some sort of rainfall.

While the rainfall is good for high river waters, it still makes some vacationers leery.

"Sometimes guests expect lower water in the summer, and as we all know, quality is all about guest expectations and requirements, so sometimes there have been people that they wish it was a little lower," says Dave Arnold at Adventures on the Gorge.  "But from a guiding standpoint, the best whitewater in the world -- this is a strong statement but I mean it -- the best white water in the world has been in West Virginia this year."

Tourism season is far from over though.  Next week, rafting switches to the Gauley season.  Plus rock climbing and canopy tours continue into cooler months. 

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