Cheat - 1. (Narrows) Below Rowlesburg to above Albright Power Dam

Cheat, West Virginia, US


1. (Narrows) Below Rowlesburg to above Albright Power Dam (Narrows)

Usual Difficulty II-III (for normal flows)
Length 3 Miles
Avg. Gradient 20 fpm
Max Gradient 30 fpm

Calamity Rock 5+ Cheat Fest 02' Level

Calamity Rock 5+ Cheat Fest 02' Level
Photo of Kenny! by Walt taken 05/04/02 @ 5+?

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03069500 500 - 10000 cfs II-III 00h23m 1350 cfs (running)

River Description

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: 2017-08-28 18:36:14

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
2.5Calamity RockIII+Waterfall Playspot Photo

Rapid Descriptions

Calamity Rock (Class III+, Mile 2.5)


Photo of Zeth by Patricia Hachick taken 06/10/06 @ 6.37, 1190cfs

A huge rock, which creates a rapid that's totally out of character for this reach. It makes a bad pourover hole, especially at higher water levels. (Boofing right of it is the normal line.)
At lower levels, the edge of the hole is a good play spot.

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