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Difficulty III
Length 10 Miles
Flow Range 11.10 - 13.27 FT
Flow Rate as of: 32 minutes ago 11.11 [FT] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 10/29/2003 7:12 am

River Description

Cheat Albright PS Gauge
Alb. Bridge = (1.6 * Alb. PS) + 0.1

This reach has some rapids and a substantial amount of flatwater. Aside from its intrinsic value as an off-the-beaten-path run, it can serve as the end to a Big Sandy or Cheat Canyon run when the roads into the Canyon are in their worst wintry shape.

If you were looking for the Cheat Canyon, click here. For the (Lower) Big Sandy, click here. And if you're interested in the Cheat Narrows, click here.

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Date Flow Result Factor  
2000-06-01 n/a Fatality One Boat Trip Read More




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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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