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Difficulty I
Length 16.5 Miles
Flow Range 2.70 - 7.40 FT
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 6.72 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 12/11/2019 6:42 pm

River Description

The Big Pool Campground at Fort Frederick State Park is the put-in for this stretch.  If you use this as a put-in, please arrange to leave the cars at the visitor center, not at the campground, so as to not deprive a camper of a site.  An alternate access point is McCoy's Ferry launching ramp about 2.7 miles downstream from Big Pool.   North Mountain C&O hiker/biker campground is about 0.4 miles below McCoy's Ferry and the Four Locks boat ramp and picnic area is another mile lower.  Dam # 5, located about 9.5 miles downstream from Big Pool, requires a rough portage on river left and is also a potential access point.  Jordan Junction C&O hiker/biker campground is about  15.2 miles below Big Pool.   Take-out is at the confluence of Conococheague Creek with the Potomac at Williamsport, MD.  A run from Dam #5 to Williamsport is about 7 miles long. 

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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
1213999 12/11/19 Tony Allred Jr updated description
1214000 12/11/19 Tony Allred Jr updated description
1210016 07/10/18 Tony Allred Jr 7-10
1210689 12/14/18 Tony Allred Jr 12-15-2018 - added WV with MD listing
1210015 07/10/18 Tony Allred Jr n/a