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Difficulty I
Length 7.9 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 7:12 pm

River Description

Put in at the Princess Street boat ramp in Shepherdstown, WV; there is also access on the Maryland side of the Shepherdstown bridge at C&O Canal Lock 38.   Antietam Creek C&O hiker/biker campground is about 3 miles downstream from Shepherdstown, WV and the mouth of Antietam Creek is about 0.3 miles below that.   Take-out is on the Maryland side at the Dargans Bend boat ramp about 7.9 miles below Shepherdstown, WV.  

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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
1210023 07/10/18 Tony Allred Jr n/a
1210024 07/10/18 Tony Allred Jr 7-10-2018 - added reach
1214006 12/11/19 Tony Allred Jr updated description
1214004 12/11/19 Tony Allred Jr updated description
1214007 12/11/19 Tony Allred Jr updated description
1214008 12/11/19 Tony Allred Jr updated description
1210687 12/14/18 Tony Allred Jr 12-15-2018 - added WV with MD listing