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Difficulty I
Length 9.5 Miles
Flow Range 275 - 3300 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 1300 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 12/14/2018 5:26 pm

River Description

River Description:   Easy paddle with mostly good current through wooded valley with views of high cliffs on WV side.  
Rapid Description:    None. Gravel bars in constricted areas could contain strainers.

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Directions Description

Put-in:  From the US 220 Bridge between Keyser, WV and McCoole, MD, take McMullen Hwy (US 220) north 3.25 miles and turn right at Black Oak Rd.  Immediately after you cross the railroad tracks there is the Black Oak river access on your right.

Take-out:  From Black Oak river access:  Take McMullen Highway (US 220) north a little more than 8 miles (just past the Rt 956 bridge turnoff).  There is a gravel road off to the right that crosses the railroad tracks in an odd humped crossing (check for trains).  After the RR crossing turn right and follow the road towards the river until it comes to a parking area under the Rt 956 bridge.

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Cheat Canyon Settlement Reached; Land Set Aside for Endangered Species

Charles Walbridge

After two years of intense negotiations an agreement reached to protect endangered species in the Cheat River Canyon. Allegheny Wood Products acquired roughly 5,000 acres in the Cheat Canyon below Albright, WV in 2003 for $9.75 million. When they began building roads and cutting trees the following year the government took no steps to enforce the Endangered Species Act. A lawsuit was filed in 2005 by Friends of Blackwater Canyon, the WV Chapter of the Sierra Club, and the Cheat Lake Environmental and Recreational Association. Although American Whitewater was not a party to the litigation we are gratified that an agreement was reached and commend both parties for their efforts.

Tony Allred Jr


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1207882 07/07/17 Tony Allred Jr 5-7-2017 - Added River description
1207795 06/28/17 Tony Allred Jr 6-28-2017 - added new reach
1207792 06/28/17 Tony Allred Jr 6-28-2017 - added new reach
1207884 07/07/17 Tony Allred Jr 7-5-2017 - adjusted levels
1207886 07/07/17 Tony Allred Jr 7-7-2017 - cleanup
1207791 06/28/17 Tony Allred Jr n/a
1207798 06/28/17 Tony Allred Jr 7-3-2017 - divided flow into "low runnable", "medium runnable" and "high runnable"
1207864 07/03/17 Tony Allred Jr 7-3-2017 - cleanup
1207887 07/07/17 Tony Allred Jr 4-15-2018 - small edit/cleanup
1210693 12/14/18 Tony Allred Jr 12-15-2018 - added WV with MD listing