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Difficulty I
Length 17 Miles
Flow Range 275 - 3300 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 2 days ago 1170 [CFS] 👍 ℹ️ ⚠️
Reach Info Last Updated 12/11/2019 4:32 pm

River Description

Full run is 17 miles long - moving and flat water, depending upon level.  First C&O Campground is Evitts Creek hiker/biker camp at approximately 1 mile from put-in.  Evitts Creek Aquaduct will be passed at about 1.4 miles below put-in.  Iron Mountain C&O hiker/biker campground on MD side and boat ramp on WV side (access road under railroad bridge) is about 8.4 miles from top.  Spring Gap  C&O hiker/biker campground and boat ramp is about 10.6 miles from the top.  Pigman's Ferry  C&O hiker/biker campground is about 15.0 miles from the top. 

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Directions Description

To get to put-in (as per Gertler), take Virginia Ave to Offutt Street in South Cumberland and follow it to the end to a town park.  A dirt road on the downstream perimeter will take you almost to the river bank.  The Oldtown Toll Bridge take-out should be on most maps.

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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
1213993 12/11/19 Tony Allred Jr updated description
1213992 12/11/19 Tony Allred Jr updated description
1213994 12/11/19 Tony Allred Jr updated description
1210474 10/29/18 Tony Allred Jr 10-28-2018 cleanup
1210695 12/14/18 Tony Allred Jr 12-15-2018 - added WV with MD listing
1210472 10/28/18 Tony Allred Jr 10-28-2018 - added new reach
1210471 10/28/18 Tony Allred Jr n/a
1210473 10/28/18 Tony Allred Jr 10-28-2018 - added new reach