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Difficulty III-IV+
Length 4.9 Miles
Flow Range 4.30 - 6.30 FT
Flow Rate as of: 23 minutes ago 2.77 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 01/05/2006 1:32 pm

River Description

The steepest mile is the last one to the confluence with the New River.

Rapid Descriptions


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mike Beswick
8 years ago

Ran this may of 2011, at a relatively high level. first few miles were non de-script, running through backyards. About a mile and a half from the New, it steepens quite a bit. There is a 12 foot narrow slide behind a church, then the river moves away from the road. Several class 4 boulder rapids are encountered, then a distinct horizon line appears. A large ( 16 feet or so) twisting falls is encountered, immediately following a boulder pile. Drifting into it blind would be hair raising, and portaging it is a bear. It is also impossible to scout throughly, because of the sheer nature of the gorge at this point. After this falls, another nasty, 12 foot or so falls onto a clapper rock is encountered. again, portaging involves climbing out of the gorge, working downstream, and re-entering several hundred yards later. Things calm down until the confluence with the New. All in all, more than I bargained for in reading the rating.

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Robert Farmer
14 years ago

On my atlas, this is called "Laurel Branch," which is a trifle less confusing than yet another Laurel Creek.

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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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