This photo needs editing.
Difficulty II-III+
Length 8.6 Miles
Flow Range 6.50 - 10.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 40 minutes ago 3.82 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 11/05/2006 3:14 pm

River Description

The put-in at confluence of Big Run requires hike in from Point Mountain off of WV 15.

Rapid Descriptions


default user thumbnail
Robert Farmer
14 years ago

There is a good put-in just below Big Run. You can drive right up to it. 1) From Webster Springs, go 17.4 miles east on 15 and turn left. (This is 1.0 mile west of county line.) 2) Go 0.35 mile and turn left onto hidden road. This may be muddy in wet weather, when you're here. Drive to river. This upper section is Class 2-3, with one nasty log portage just below the put-in, when I was there (2002).

Gage Descriptions

The Webster Springs gauge is located 36 river miles down stream of the put-in on the mainstem of the Elk. Thus this gauge can only be used as an indicator.

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.

No Accident Reports



article main photo

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.

Matt Muir


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1192167 11/05/06 n/a n/a