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Difficulty I
Length 21.7 Miles
Flow Range 3.30 - 9.30 FT
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 7.99 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 12/11/2019 5:10 pm

River Description

Because of the length of this section, it is usually done as an overnight canoe camper with an overnight camp stop at Sorrel Ridge C&O Canal Campground (7.3 miles below the Paw Paw access).  This also gives the canoe camper a chance to explore the C&O Canal Paw Paw Tunnel.   River Access (put-in or take-out) is available at Bonds Landing (11.2 miles below Paw Paw).  Campgrounds below Sorrel Ridge include:  Stickpile Hill C&O hiker/biker (12.1 miles below Paw Paw) and  Devils Alley C&O hiker/biker (17 miles below Paw Paw).  Take-out is at the mouth of Fifteen mile creek at Little Orleans, MD (21.7 miles below Paw Paw).  

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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
1210010 07/10/18 Tony Allred Jr n/a
1213997 12/11/19 Tony Allred Jr updated description
1210691 12/14/18 Tony Allred Jr 12-15-2018 - added WV with MD listing
1210338 09/14/18 Tony Allred Jr 9-10-2018 - cleanup
1210011 07/10/18 Tony Allred Jr 7-10-2018 - added reach