Cheat, Shavers Fork - 4. Bemis to Bowden

Cheat, Shavers Fork, West Virginia, US


4. Bemis to Bowden

Usual Difficulty II-IV (for normal flows)
Length 14 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03068800 5.20 - 7.50 ft II-IV 01h03m 4.4 ft (too low)

River Description

Shavers at Bemis USGS Gauge

This is a very beautiful stretch of river. Immediately below Bemis the rapids are nice III-IV for a mile or so of busy maneuvering. At some point things flatten out to I-II, giving you time to enjoy the stunning scenery. The river can be shallow in spots in the final stretch.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2006-04-25 11:16:42

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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April 1 2018 (253 days ago)
Andrew StuartDetails
Finally got to run the Shavers Fork 3/31/18, McGee Run to US 33 (the trailer park where 33 turns
from the river). When we put on, Cheat Bridge was at 562 cfs/6.9'. When we took off, Bowden was at
1500/6.5. Most agreed that any much lower would have started exposing many FU rocks. By a Caltopo
trace, McGee Run to Bemis is actully 15.4 miles and Bemis to 33 is 8.9.
September 18 2010 (3005 days ago)
Steve McLuckieDetails
From Bemis to route 33 is something over 8 miles. Continuing to the listed takeout makes it about
13 miles, not accounting for all of the little bends in the river. The listed figure of 14 miles
might be a bit off, but it's close enough.
March 26 2010 (3181 days ago)
prijonplastic (151612)
This section is, PERHAPS, 7 miles long, though I doubt it. Also, at moderate flow (the shoal below
the put-in is shallow-ish, +/-1300cfs) there may be 2 Class III rapids, MAYBE, the rest is Class II
and scenic
January 12 2008 (3985 days ago)
x (1)
Robert Farmer---One day around 2005, give or take a little, a kayaker drowned on this section when
torrential rains upstream sent a wall of water down the river. If I recall correctly, it was an
instantaneous increase of about 2000 cfs, so be aware of weather conditions upstream; the watershed
is pretty big.

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