Blackwater - 0. Wildlife Preserve to Davis

Blackwater, West Virginia, US


0. Wildlife Preserve to Davis (Upper Upper B)

Usual Difficulty I-II(III) (for normal flows)
Length 11 Miles
Avg. Gradient 9 fpm
Max Gradient 40 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03066000 230 - 2000 cfs I-II(III) 00h46m 106 cfs (too low)

River Description

This is one of the most beautiful stretches of stream anywhere! From the moment you puton until the time you reach Davis, you are almost in complete solitude. There are some traces of human influence occassionally but the scenery is absolutely gorgeous. The last 2-3 miles are paralleled by a back road out of Davis and are quite popular with fisherman.
The creek is mostly flat but remains swift with occassional Class 1 riffles and good current throughout. The scenery is breathtaking! Since if flows through a wildlife preserve, you are likely to see lots of animals on your float. Near the end of the run, the bottom changes from sand to rock and Class 1-2 rapids begin to form. This stretch is quite fun. Watch out for the 10 foot dam near Davis. Portage on the right.
There is a whole system of similar "marsh" streams that feed into the Blackwater that are also runable. With all these miles to explore, your energy will run out before the scenery does!
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Last Updated: 2018-06-03 13:05:09


CVI Rapids

Detail Trip Report  CVI Rapids  @Blackwater Wildlife Preserve to Davis, WV(5.41MB .jpeg)

Gauge Information

Gauge Description:

230 cfs is about the minimum for the top part. It has a rock bottom in the first few miles and the last few miles. You could possibly float this stretch lower but the beginning and end would be scrapy. Since it is mostly flatwater, you could run this part as high as you feel comfortable. The last rapids stretch could reach Class 3 with good water.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03066000 230 - 2000 cfs I-II(III) 00h46m 106 cfs (too low)

RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
0 - 230 cfs extremely Low-barely Low I-II(III)
230 -2000 cfs barely runnable-high runnable I-II(III)

Report - Reports of Blackwater 0. Wildlife Preserve to Davis and related gauges

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When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
8y245d06h15m @Blackwater Wildlife Preserve to Davis [WV] CVI Rapids low runnable level Justin Sharick
9y202d13h37m Canaan Valley, WV [WV] Put in below 49 cfs n/a 0



User Comments

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June 26 2017 (570 days ago)
Elkinscanoer (159287)
We ran this today and it was a bit bony. In the morning the gauge was reading just below the
minimum level of 230 cfs. At the end of the run it was running at 160 cfs. We put in at the end of
Beall road at cortland. There is a several hundred foot portage to the river from the parking area.
It isn't too bad since it is mostly flat and downhill. It is a little rocky and shallow at the
minimum level at the start. I would suggest a minimum level of 300 or so. Most of the float had
adequate water. The river is flat and slow moving most of the float. It took us about 6.5 hours to
float to the Davis water supply dam from Cortland. The scenery is great and the river is very
remote. There are only two or three river wide logs blocking the river. The are several logs
partially blocking the river which you can float around. After the fishing pier be aware of the
rapids, especially after the power line. There is a 3' convex slide at this lower level with no
real good place to run it. After this there is big drop where the river drops about 6' in a short
distance. See someone's photo already posted. We portaged this class three rapid. There are two
large rocks in the middle of the rapid which make it difficult to run in a canoe in low water
May 5 2010 (3179 days ago)
Justin SharickDetails
This is a fun float when it's running, but the full trip takes quite awhile to complete due to the
length and twisting nature of the flats. If you want to cut out the flatwater and just float the
faster stuff, then simply put on at the end of Camp 70 Road and float into town. You could even run
shuttle with a bicycle this way. The rapids going into town are a lot of fun!

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 0. Wildlife Preserve to Davis, Blackwater West Virginia, US (mobile)