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Difficulty II-IV
Length 8.7 Miles
Flow Range 400 - 2000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 9 years ago 5 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 03/27/2005 5:02 pm

River Description

This is a great run that has many different personalities. Starting at Rt. 50, the stream picks up quickly, heading into continuous boulder filled rapids. It drops around 100 feet in the first mile. Many of the drops are obstructed and there is a lot of manuevering required (very comparable to the Stony River nearby). It is always a good idea to be on the lookout for strainers in this part.

After a mile, the creek lets up and flows along at a slow pace for a little while. After a mile or two of slow water, the creek picks up to Class 2 with occassional Class 3. It remains this way all the way to the North Branch. The rapids pick up a little as you approach the North Branch. There is a really fun slide just upstream of the confluence.

Rapid Descriptions


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Gage Descriptions

The Stony River is very nearby and so Abrams should have enough water if there is around 400 cfs in the Stony. If the Kitzmiller gauge on the North Branch of the Potomac is over 5.5 feet and rising, there is a good chance of catching Abrams.

Directions Description

We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

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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.

Robert Miller


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