2013 - This section of the Glady Fork of the Cheat is 10 miles from the Rt.33 put-in to the CR-12 bridge near Sully; the shuttle is only about 2.5miles. The first 5 miles is mostly slow meanders as the posted picture; water levels pictured at ~275cfs. In the second 5 miles (example picture posted) we encountered many river-wide blow-downs with some strainers. It appears as if a microburst was recently in the valley, bringing down many full-size trees and many across the river. It significantly slowed progress to the bridge and the 10 mile run took us about 5 hours. Even if there were interest in clearing this river section of the most dangerous strainers, it would take concerted effort and a long time to accomplish. The map indicates a dead end road on the east bank of the river, but we found it barricaded by the Sully Rd. Bridge and it seemed perhaps little used. The river bank was mostly mature mountain laurel which looked little disturbed. If the river were over 300cfs and swifter it should induce great caution about the strainer hazard over the second 5 miles to the CR-12 (Sully Rd.) bridge.
mileage map from Rt.33 to CR-12 bridge:
Based on a recommendation by Steve Ettinger. Note that this is an "indicator gage," from a nearby stream in the same watershed. Such indicator gages are best used as a guide--a way to figure out whether it's even worth looking at the stream or not.
The Parsons Gauge can also be used as an indicator of boatable flows. It should be between 5.0' and 7.0'.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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Glady Fork of the Cheat, second 5mi.
Glady Fork of the Cheat, first 5mi.
Glady Fork, Hwy. 33 bridge
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Get your groove on baby! This year Gauley Fest is a 60’s themed event to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. To memorialize that historic event we are flashing back to another era for a 60’s throwdown. Started in 1983 to celebrate the derailment of a hydro-electric project that would have disrupted the flows on the Gauley River, Gauley Fest has grown to become the largest paddling festival in the world.
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