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Difficulty I
Length 16.5 Miles
Flow Range 2.70 - 7.40 FT
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 6.73 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 12/11/2019 6:23 pm

River Description

The first campground below Little Orleans is Indigo Neck C&O hiker/biker (1.5 miles below Little Orleans), There is river access at Pearre (4.3 miles below Little Orleans), just below Sideling Hill Creek.  The Cacapon river joins the Potomac on the West Virginia side at Great Cacapon and there is a Cacapon Junction C&O hiker/biker campground on the Maryland side (7.3 miles below Little Orleans).  Another river access is available at the Cohill Station boat ramp (9.2 miles below Little Orleans).  There are two more C&O campgrounds, Leopard Mill (11 miles below Little Orleans) and White Rock (14.4 miles below Little Orleans).  Take-out is at the Little Tonoloway Day Use Recreation Area in Hancock, MD (16.5 miles below Little Orleans). 

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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
1210013 07/10/18 Tony Allred Jr n/a
1213998 12/11/19 Tony Allred Jr updated description
1210029 07/10/18 Tony Allred Jr 7-10-2018 - cleanup
1210014 07/10/18 Tony Allred Jr 7-10-2018 - added reach
1210690 12/14/18 Tony Allred Jr 12-15-2018 - added WV with MD listing