Cheat, West Virginia, US
1. (Narrows) Below Rowlesburg to above Albright Power Dam (Narrows)
||II-III (for normal flows)
Calamity Rock 5+ Cheat Fest 02' Level
Calamity Rock 5+ Cheat Fest 02' LevelPhoto of Kenny! by Walt taken 05/04/02 @ 5+?
Source: Connelly (Editor), Appalachian Whitewater : The Northern States, 4th Edition. Text
used with permission.
The putin for the Narrows is opposite a worked-out limestone mine approximately three
miles below Rowlesburg. Here you encounter the first big waves below Rowlesburg called Cave
Rapids. For the rest of this five-mile trip, the rapids become increasingly more difficult. There
are good rescue spots after each rapids, but in high water (three to four feet), it's not so
easy. After passing several Class II-III rapids, the paddler enters a long series of similar
rapids, properly called the "Narrows."
In the first significant rapids, the entire river is necked down by the presence of an
automobile-sized boulder (Calamity Rock) in midstream which makes passage at any level
difficult...Usually this boulder should be run through the passage to the right. At very high
levels, however, it's best to run along the left bank...
Though you can putin and takeout at several spots along the road (Rte. 72), the
typical takeout is at Lick Run, about 3-4 miles South of Kingwood. The river pretty much flattens
out after that.
Downstream is the more difficult and more committing Cheat Canyon. For bad craziness, you
might want to grab a look at Pringle
Run, which drops into the Cheat just upstream of Lick Run.
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Last Updated: 2006-04-17 06:15:57