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Difficulty I
Length 9 Miles
Flow Range 275 - 3300 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 18 minutes ago 1300 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 12/11/2019 3:59 pm

River Description

River Description:   Easy paddle with mostly good current through wooded valley with views of high cliffs on WV side.  Alternate take-outs are Allegany County Fairgrounds ([11400 Moss Ave.
Cumberland MD 21502] -- 7  mile run) and Upper Potomac Industrial Park (9 mile run), both on MD side of river.  
Rapid Description:    None, since removal of 5-foot dam approximately 6 miles after Pinto. Gravel bars in constricted areas could contain strainers.  Do NOT run #8 Dam in Cumberland -- it is dangerous.  

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Directions Description

Put-in:  From McMullen Highway (US 220) just north of 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
1207865 07/03/17 Tony Allred Jr 7-3-2017 - cleanup
1213991 12/11/19 Tony Allred Jr updated description
1207799 06/28/17 Tony Allred Jr 6-28-2017 - added distance
1207793 06/28/17 Tony Allred Jr n/a
1207796 06/28/17 Tony Allred Jr 6-28-2017 - added new reach
1207794 06/28/17 Tony Allred Jr 6-28-2017 - added new reach
1207797 06/28/17 Tony Allred Jr 6-28-2017 - added new reach
1207883 07/07/17 Tony Allred Jr 7-5-2017 - adjusted levels
1207850 06/30/17 Tony Allred Jr 7-3-2017 - divided flow into "low runnable", "medium runnable" and "high runnable"
1207885 07/07/17 Tony Allred Jr 2-18-2018 - cleanup
1209016 02/28/18 Tony Allred Jr 4-15-2018 - small edit/cleanup
1210694 12/14/18 Tony Allred Jr 12-15-2018 - added WV with MD listing
1213521 08/25/19 Tony Allred Jr updated description
1213522 08/25/19 Tony Allred Jr updated description
1210696 12/14/18 Tony Allred Jr 12-15-2018 - cleanup