Daugherty Run - Co. Rd 3-12 to Cheat River

Daugherty Run, West Virginia, US


Co. Rd 3-12 to Cheat River (Daugherty Creek)

Usual Difficulty V (for normal flows)
Length 6 Miles
Avg. Gradient 203 fpm
Max Gradient 260 fpm

Sliding down The "Dog"-erty

Sliding down The "Dog"-erty
Photo of Rich Grape by Mark Kennell taken 02/10/01 @ 5

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03070500 8.00 - 11.00 ft V 00h19m 5.26 ft (too low)

River Description

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. It’s 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 “Dog”-erty! It reminds me of its nearby neighbor Fike Run – perhaps on Acid!

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). It’s 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 don’t 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 Run, just a mile away.


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Teter's Campground (Great PLace!)
Rt. 26 Albright, WV
(304) 329-3626
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Owners: Ralph and Cathy Teter

StreamTeam Status: Verified
Last Updated: 2006-03-18 10:57:22


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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December 18 2008 (3382 days ago)
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The seive in the seive drop after the wooden bridge is currently full of wood, some water still
goes through it, so stay right. There are currently 2 bad logs on the run, if you see orange ribbon
on the trees, get out and scout. The rest of the wood you can get by with some finesse. This creek
is awesome! Goofy smiles abound;)
January 28 2006 (4437 days ago)
Robert FarmerDetails
The first major drop involves a blind slot on the right to a pool with no place to stop to scout. A
lot of water goes left, under an enormous undercut that can beat you up, but should let you go.
Stay right.
September 21 2003 (5296 days ago)
Karl WhippDetails
This creek is small. Like 15' wide on average and maybe 30' at its widest small. Its steep, blind
and very technical. We put in at the pipeline. You put in on a small pool, the creek looks like
little more than a ditch, you turn right and start crankin because 5' downstream (litlerally) is
the first boof. Its on...right away. Zero warm-up and it only get harder. Putting more than one
boat in an eddy, most of the time is, is not an option, so know your groups signals.

There are some VERY nice slides on this run...many are back to back. The slots average 4'
wide...many are boofs. The last drop is a phat launcher onto a suprisingly soft landing slide.

We ran it at about 2" over the bridge footer at the take-out. There were plenty of eddies and
it wasnt very pushy. We also never went more than about 50' without banging a rock just under the
surface (except on the slides of course). We had multiple broaches throughout the day, but none
were serious due to such low flows and plenty of rocks to use your hands on and free yourself. The
slides were a little sticky (grabby). I would have liked to have seen about another 3". Put
much more water into it than that and Im sure it would turn into a real bobsled run with very few

As of this past weekend, it was pretty log infested. We made 3 carries and a few spooky limbo
moves. We didnt have a guide, so we scouted quite a few times (6-8 maybe) and still did this run in
just over 3 hours. Most of the scouts were because we couldnt see what was around the corner and
there were no eddies before going around that corner. Scouting can be tough with the thick

It really is a great run. I highly recommend it. But dont be fooled...class V skills are certainly

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