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Difficulty II-III
Length 8.5 Miles
Flow Range 4.50 - 8.50 FT
Flow Rate as of: 36 minutes ago 3.78 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 03/23/2006 10:02 pm

River Description

A two mile shorter and slightly less difficult run may be paddled by puting in at the Saxon bridge.
A 4.5' minimum reading on the Ashford gauge is for a put-in at Saxon. Boaters will need 5.0'if using a put-in near Fairdale.
This run is heavily timbered and strainers are occasionally a problem down to the confluence of Sandlick Creek. It has been clean for the past several years
Take-out river left at bridge in Arnett or 100 yards downstream on river right at volunteer fire department.
Marsh Fork is considered the mainstem of the Coal River.

Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

The Tornado gauge (AW # 1444) on the Coal river may also be used. 11.6'(for Saxon)12.0'(for Fairdale) Minimum to 16.0' Maximum.

Directions Description

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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.

Turner Sharp


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1192122 03/23/06 Turner Sharp n/a