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Difficulty I-III
Length 11 Miles
Flow Range 6.00 - 8.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 18 minutes ago 4.38 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 09/19/2016 6:27 pm

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Peter Whiteis
9 years ago

Ran this section at 6.2 yesterday in a 14' paddle cataraft. The first 6-7 miles were class 1 rock garden style rapids. Very scenic. After a reclaimed strip mine area, you pass an abandoned bridge and the river starts to take on a ledge-drop character with the rapids gradually increasing in difficulty. There were probably 3 or 4 I'd rate a class 3. There was some question about whether or not we had missed the takeout, and would end up walking out at High Falls (next section). Turns out, McGee run is marked on the river with a sign saying "Leaving Catch and Release Area" cabled over the river. You can also see the parking lot on left if you're keeping an eye out.

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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.

Steve McLuckie


Matt Muir


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1206875 09/19/16 Steve McLuckie relocated put in and take out
1192150 10/18/03 n/a n/a