Stewardship work in the Cheat Canyon area continues. On a scorching hot day this past summer the
posts were placed for a new, improved gate at the Cheat Canyon and Lower Big Sandy Takeout in
Jenkinsburg. Dave Hough from Mountain Streams joined Keith Pitzer from Friends of Cheat and Charlie
Walbridge from American Whitewater to dig the holes and set the post. The new gate was installed by
Preston Machine Company of Kingwood a few weeks later. It looks pretty bombproof!. The gate was
painted a bright yellow color by Friends of Cheat board member and campground owner Ralph Teter so
that late-night drivers won't drive into it accidently.
The gate purchase was financed by the sale of Cheat River Access stickers at the Cheat Festival
this past spring. I you didn't buy a sticker, now's the time! These stickers are available for $20
by mail from Friends of Cheat, 119 South Price St. #206, Kingwood WV 26537. Phone orders can be
made by calling 304-329-3621; credit cards are accepted.
Recently students from Greg Corio's Outdoor Adventure Program at West Virginia University conducted
cleanups at both Jenkinsburg and Rockville. Groups of 15 students get a lot done in a short time!
At Jenkinsburg they worked hard to remove trash from several badly abused campsites below the Blue
Hole on the Big Sandy. At Rockville the cleanup focused on the Friends of Cheat land to the
upstream left of the bridge and the remains of the old hermit cabin at the trailhead to Wonder
Falls. Both areas are clear of trash and look good.
Board Member, Friends of Cheat
Route 1, Box A43B; Bruceton Mills, WV 26525