Gandy Creek - Sinks outlet to Cheat River, Dry Fork

Gandy Creek, West Virginia, US


Sinks outlet to Cheat River, Dry Fork

Usual Difficulty III (for normal flows)
Length 13.6 Miles
Avg. Gradient 60 fpm
Max Gradient 60 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03065000 4.50 - 7.00 ft III 00h20m 5.62 ft (running)

River Description

Gandy Creek provides the majority of flow to the Dry Fork of the Cheat at its confluence. It thus enjoys similar levels to the section of the Dry Fork of the Cheat that follows it. The Gandy Creek section, however, is more scenic because it is part of the National Forest, with a forest road paralleling it for most of its most of its length.

Combine the lower part of this with the Dry Fork for a good Class II-III run at 4.5 feet on the Hendricks gauge.

The put in location is shown as the parking area near the outflow from the sinks, since that's where this section starts. As noted in the comments it may be more convenient to choose a put in location a bit further downstream, where there are several options along route 29.

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Last Updated: 2016-09-18 07:11:45

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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May 1 2011 (2821 days ago)
Stephen J. EttingerDetails
Lots of us ran this during the April 2011 WV Week of Rivers, starting at the first bridge below the
cave outlet (as to get to the outlet requires about a quarter mile carry). We encountered only 3
strainers in 8 miles (taking out 4 miles above the confluence). There are two class III ledges that
you might want to scout, one of them on the undercut left turn mentioned in the other comment
(where there were no longer any logs, and there was a clean line left of center), and the other a
few miles above that (the best line is on river right). Overall, this is a delightful trip.
May 4 2009 (3548 days ago)
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Ran this in a canoe on 5/3/09, with rain falling and the Dry Fork at 4.76 and rising. The upper few
miles from the sinks outlet to the campsite areas are narrow with tons of down tees. We put in at
the furthest upstream campsites and had 2 miles with LOTS of strainers and then 5 miles of
excellent class II-III down to Whitmer. One bad spot just before the road crossing where the river
runs into an undercut cliff with logs and then turns left under the road bridge-- be careful or
portage on the left. At least one more set of bad strainers between the bridge and Whitmer. Next
time I would put in at the next set of campsites downstream from where we did (just before the road
veers away from the river for the first time if you're driving upstream) and run all the way to the
dry fork confluence or to Harman for the best whitewater and fewest trees. Enjoy. -Ben