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Difficulty II+(IV)
Length 8.8 Miles
Flow Range 7.00 - 10.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 46 minutes ago 6.55 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 04/04/2004 5:06 pm

River Description

The biggest obstacle on this stretch of Birch is the Boggs Falls. It is an approximate 16 foot drop. This stretch of river is easily accessible as it is right beside the highway between Birch River and Boggs. An interesting feature found on the falls is a sluice that was cut into the solid rock to power a gristmill as shown in the extreme left of the picture.. Although the mill ceased to exist at least 50 years ago, the rock channel is there for eternity.

Rapid Descriptions


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11 years ago

Robert Farmer---The waterfall is located 7.4 miles east of Route 19 (town of Birch River). There is no place to park or access the falls. I walked up the streambed from downstream; it is a very beautiful streambed, often with large ledges on the shores. The falls has a submerged ledge in the landing zone, approximately 2.5 - 3 feet below the surface at low water, all of the way across, except for a notch on the far river left, where the double lip is. If you want to do it, scout, stay left, and land shallow-to-flat. It looks as though it would be a nice trip, although the difficulty of the falls is greater than that of the rest of the creek.

Gage Descriptions

This is the Webster Springs gauge on the main stem of the Elk River.

Since the Birch River joins the Elk River below this gauge it can only be used as an indicator.

An informal gauge is found on the pier of the Herold Bridge. Ideal conditions will show 5 blocks of stone. Current conditions are showing all 6 stone blocks. April 18, 2001

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.

Rob Johnson


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