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Difficulty III-IV
Length 7.6 Miles
Flow Range 8.00 - 10.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 20 minutes ago 3.82 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 12/03/2002 9:48 am

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Matt Schafer
17 years ago

This is a small stream with a big attitude. Most of the creek can be scouted from the main road. Like a lot of little steams, you can be fooled by what you see from the's what you can't see from the road that makes this creek so fun. Laurel Creek road (pick it up in Cowen) runs the entire length of Upper Laurel Creek until you reach Erbacon. Then you start getting into lower Laurel Creek (a whole different ballgame). Keep a vigilant eye out for strainers, they are common. There are 2 class IV's and several fun II's and III's on Upper Laurel Creek. Awesome run!

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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


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