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Difficulty II-III+
Length 6 Miles
Flow Range 13.90 - 16.90 FT
Flow Rate as of: 46 minutes ago 13.81 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 08/22/2016 4:01 pm

River Description

This is a nice class II-III+ run with a fairly constant gradient. The bigger rapids are all scoutable from the road on your drive up to the putin. While scouting look for strainers. Also watch out for logs broached on large rocks.

Putin: The bridge about 1/2 mile above Beech Lick Run - or further upstream if you so desire.

Takeout: The bridge in front of the Richwood School (behind the plaza in town).

Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

The Craigsville gauge is an approximation. The paddler's gauge on the Cherry at Fenwick is a better approximation and it should be above 2 feet.

The Craigsville gauge conversion table for feet-to-cfs is approximately:
11 feet = 510 cfs
12 feet = 1460 cfs
13 feet = 3200 cfs
14 feet = 5550 cfs
15 feet = 8500 cfs

Directions Description

We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

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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.

Charles and Nancy Brabec


Steve McLuckie


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1192155 08/04/04 Charles and Nancy Brabec n/a
1206769 08/22/16 Steve McLuckie Deleted ancient strainer info