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Difficulty II-III
Length 7 Miles
Flow Range 115 - 1500 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 50 minutes ago 12.8 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 05/27/2008 6:59 am

River Description

The first couple of miles of this creek - from Helvetia to Czar runs along the road and does not exceed class II. When the creek leaves the road below Czar there are occasional patches of small boulders offering some complexity. The steepest mile is above and below a left bend in the creek in this section below Czar. The creek is small enough that even small trees easily make riverwide strainers.

Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

Based on a recommendation by Steve Ettinger. Since this gauge is on a nearby stream, it should be viewed as a rough guide only and is no substitute for assessing conditions at the stream.

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.

Matt Muir


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