Cheat, Shavers Fork - 1. Spruce to US Route 250 (Cheat Bridge)

Cheat, Shavers Fork, West Virginia, US


1. Spruce to US Route 250 (Cheat Bridge)

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 17.4 Miles
Avg. Gradient 20 fpm
Max Gradient 30 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03067510 6.00 - 8.00 ft I-II 00h51m 6.23 ft (running)

River Description

It is possible to access the bottom 9 miles of this run by driving upstream of Cheat Bridge on river left. This goes as far as Beaver Creek.
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2003-10-18 21:59:03

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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July 8 2017 (255 days ago)
Elkinscanoer (159287)
This is a great float that is very scenic and remote. We floated this right at the minimum level
and slightly below and didn't have any problems. There were a couple of shoals that we had to walk.
I would estimate the mileage at 12 miles because the road sign says 11 miles to Beaver Creek. It
took us about 5.5 hours to float this section. There is a good trail from the road down beaver
creek to the river. It is probably only about 400 feet to the river. There is a large log jam that
has to be portaged on the right side of an island about 1/3 of the way down. There are two
river-wide man-made boulder "dams" on the river at the cheat mountain club. We were able to run the
first with no problem. There isn't many good lines on the second one. The line we took end up
having large boulders in the drop which kind of hung us up temporarily.
May 1 2011 (2515 days ago)
Stephen J. EttingerDetails
11 of us ran this from Beaver Creek (plus 3.5 miles below Cheat Bridge) on the WV Week of Rivers,
at 550 cfs on the Cheat Bridge gauge. Beaver Creek to Cheat Bridge is about 11 miles; I understand
that access is now closed at Spruce. It is basically a beautiful but class I paddle, with only a
few spots that might approach class II. The recommended minimum of 6 feet (300 cfs) seems doable,
but it would be a very slow trip and bony at spots. On the other hand, there is no obvious reason
to set 8 feet (1000 cfs) as a maximum, as there was nothing dangerous or even blind on the trip,
and even a low-water loving, open boater like me would have felt comfortable at a considerably
higher level. So I would raise that figure to at least 9.5 feet (2000 cfs). From the Beaver Creek
parking area (where the road ends), most carried 300 yards, over the RR tracks, to Shavers Fork,
while several of us scraped down Beaver Creek, after checking the culvert under the tracks.
March 27 2011 (2550 days ago)
Colin AbernethyDetails
Unfortunately this section of the river is either unaccessible when the river is running due to
snow melt (the roads are not maintained and snowbound) or remote enough that it's tough to get to
unless you're in the area when it is raining. That said, it's absolutely one of the most beautiful
areas in all of creation. If you do get the chance to run it, make sure to take some time to pause
near the Cheat Mountain Club on river right just before the Cheat Bridge takeout. It's an old
hunting and fishing lodge built in 1887 which has played host to the likes of Henry Ford, Thomas
Eddison, and John Burroughs. The flat water at the CMC is caused by a large boulder dam just down
stream of the lodge. I've never been there with levels high enough to run the dam, but it would
definitely make for an interesting bit of play.

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