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Difficulty I-II
Length 5.5 Miles
Flow Range 1.50 - 14.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 1.95 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 12/23/2018 2:36 pm

River Description

Rapid Descriptions


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Anthony Daniel
1 week ago

at high flows there is a wavetrain (near the bar and hospital) that doesn't wash out, very capable of swamping open boats at high level (skirt on river right) .

Gage Descriptions

There is no real max limit on this run. It just washes out. I ran it at 14ft and it was just fast class II waves. There were a few isolated big breaking waves but at high levels the river is so wide you can spot them easily. Just stay off the banks because of the trees and brush.

Directions Description

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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.

Matt Muir


Tony Allred Jr


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1210759 12/23/18 Tony Allred Jr 12-15-2018 - cleanup