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Difficulty III
Length 13.6 Miles
Flow Range 4.50 - 7.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 49 minutes ago 2.69 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 09/18/2016 7:11 am

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.

Rapid Descriptions


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Stephen J. Ettinger
9 years ago

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.

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11 years ago

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

Gage Descriptions

The upper sections will require more water. 11 feet on the Parsons gauge should enable you to run most of it.

Directions Description

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Midnight Miracle at Kanawha Falls

Charlie and Sandy Walbridge

A Tennessee kayaker was rescued after spending 8 hours trapped behind the veil of Kanawha Falls, a 15 foot drop located below the confluence of the New and Gauley Rivers in West Virginia. The victim was paddling alone; a fisherman spotted his loose kayak and notified authorities. Top expert kayakers from Fayetteville, WV teamed up with WV-DNR officers and first responders to locate and rescue the man. Read their remarkable first-person accounts in the American Whitewater Accident Database:

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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.

Steve McLuckie


Matt Muir


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1206865 09/18/16 Steve McLuckie relocated put in to match river reach
1192168 07/31/01 n/a n/a