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Difficulty I
Length 11.6 Miles
Flow Range 2.70 - 7.50 FT
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 6.72 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 12/11/2019 7:04 pm

River Description

Put in below Dam #4 and run down to the Shepherdstown, WV boat ramp.  Big Woods C&O hiker/biker campground is about 1.9 miles below the Dam #4 put-in.  Taylor's Landing provides access about 3.5 miles below Dam #4.  Horseshoe Bend C&O Campground is another mile down (4.5 miles below Dam #4).   Barrons Country Store at Snyder's Landing provides access about 7.5 miles below Dam #4.  At about mile 8.7 below Dam # 4 is Killiansburg Cave on the Maryland (river left) side where there is also a C&O hiker/biker campground.  Also, the current is slow enough upstream of the Shepherdstown boat ramp that you can paddle upstream until tired and then float downstream back to the boat ramp.  In addition to the Princess Street boat ramp in Shepherdstown, WV, there is also access on the Maryland side at C&O Canal Lock 38.

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Date Flow Result Factor  
2018-11-19 High Fatality One Boat Trip Read More



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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
1210021 07/10/18 Tony Allred Jr 7-10-2018 - added reach
1214001 12/11/19 Tony Allred Jr updated description
1214002 12/11/19 Tony Allred Jr updated description
1214003 12/11/19 Tony Allred Jr updated description
1214005 12/11/19 Tony Allred Jr updated description
1210032 07/10/18 Tony Allred Jr 7-10-2018 - cleanup
1210688 12/14/18 Tony Allred Jr 12-15-2018 - added WV with MD listing
1210020 07/10/18 Tony Allred Jr n/a