Daugherty Run, West Virginia, US
Co. Rd 3-12 to Cheat River (Daugherty Creek)
||V (for normal flows)
Sliding down The "Dog"-erty
Sliding down The "Dog"-ertyPhoto of Rich Grape by Mark Kennell taken 02/10/01 @ 5
BIG SANDY CREEK AT ROCKVILLE, WV
8.00 - 11.00 ft
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To try to describe this creek in detail would almost be an impossible task. But here is a brief
outline just to let you know what you're getting yourself into. Daugherty is a steep low-volume
creek run that flows down off the mountain and into the Cheat River just upstream of the Power
Plant in Albright, WV. ItÂs a busy little puppy with an average gradient of 203 feet per mile! The
rapids are back to back and range from steep and technical to wide-open slides. Some of the slides
go on for 10 to 20 yards, sometimes leading one into another. Throw in a couple of nice 4- to
6-foot ledge drops into the mix and you got the nature of the ÂDogÂ-erty! It reminds me of its
nearby neighbor Fike Run
Gradient (in Feet), Mile by Mile: 130,250,260,250,230,200.
To get to the Take-Out; turn off of RT. 26 in Albright,WV and onto CR7-12). ItÂs just before or
after (depending on the direction you're going) where RT. 26 crosses over the Cheat River. Continue
on for about 2 miles (you will see the Albright Power Plant on your right) until you come to the
first small bridge. This is the Take-Out. There is plenty of room to park on the river left side of
the bridge. I suggest you change and load boats here before heading up to the Put-In. Parking at
the Put-In is VERY limited.
To get to the Put-In; head back across the bridge and make your first right turn onto CR45-1.
Follow this for approximately 4 to 5 miles, always bearing to your right. Then turn right onto
CR3-12. According to the Topo map it should be your first right turn. (There is a old School House
on the left corner.) This road is rough but passable, to a point, in a two-wheel-drive vehicle.
About a mile down there is a clearing for a underground Pipeline that comes down off the hill on
your left, goes across the road and cuts down to the creek on your right. This is where I put in.
There are a few places to park at the clearing. Make sure NOT to block the road.
If you want to put in higher up, first take a good look at your vehicle: determine if it's a four
wheel drive or if you just like to drive it like one. Continue down the road to where it gets
narrow and rough. It eventually parallels the creek. I donÂt know of a designated place to park
and put-in so you will just have to go up the road until you find a good spot. Again parking is
very limited. Also there are numerous NO TRESPASSING signs lining both sides of the road. So you
have to cross over some private property to get to the creek, do yourself a favor - Be
inconspicuous! And try not to make a big deal of the shuttle. Lately there has been a lot of
trouble with some locals at Elzey
, just a mile away.
OTHER NEARBY RIVERS:
Big Sandy Creek, WV
Muddy Creek, WV
Roaring Creek, WV
Morgan Run, WV
Little Sandy Creek, WV
Cheat Canyon WV
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