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Difficulty I-II
Length 7.5 Miles
Flow Range 6.50 - 9.50 FT
Flow Rate as of: 1 day ago 5.55 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 12/03/2018 5:04 pm

River Description

Rapid Descriptions


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Bruce Fleckenstein
16 years ago

Ran at 7 feet on the Rockville gauge (about 1280 cfs). From the Thorton bridge (about a half mile downstream from the Pa. border), the run is mostly class 1. There is a long pool above the dam. Nothing deserves a class 3 rating.

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Big Sandy Land Gift Ensures Public River Access

Charles Walbridge

Friends of the Cheat has just received a donation of a four acres of riverside land located just upstream of the Rockville Bridge along Big Sandy Creek in Preston County, WV. The donor, Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy Corporation, is the third largest independent producer of natural gas in the U.S. We plan to create parking and river access to accommodate the many whitewater paddlers, hikers, and fishermen who are drawn to this beautiful river every year but will need to raise money to make these improvements happen. Read on to find out how you can help.

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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


Matt Muir


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1210558 12/03/18 Tony Allred Jr 11-30-2018 - cleanup
1192123 09/29/08 n/a n/a