Difficulty II-III+(IV)
Length 2.5 Miles
Gauge BIG SANDY CREEK AT ROCKVILLE, WV
Flow Range 1000 - 10000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 26 minutes ago 1530 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 08/09/2019 5:42 pm

River Description


Put In:  At the junction of Highway 26, Woolen Mills road and a smaller road, There is a large open area between Woolen Mills road and Muddy Creek. Paddlers tend to park here or further north along Woolen Mills Road.

Take Out: The Cheat Festival site is on creek left at the confluence of Muddy Creek and the Cheat River. There are parking areas, informational kiosks and changing rooms.  From Interstate 68, head South on Route 26. After about ten miles, take a sharp right into Teter's Campground. Drive through Teter's campground to land owned by Friends of the Cheat. This is an AW paddlers' easement.

Kevin Williams relates:
Fun run with 2 slides- one narrow and reminiscent of the last slide on Meadow Run (but not as steep). Watch out for the undercut ledge along the left side and a piton rock near the bottom. The other slide (right at the old furnace) is 25 meters long with a ledge on the left side, a consistent slide on the right and what looks to be a really nasty pinning rock jumble right in the middle. Portage on the right. . The run was pretty low for us. Take a look at the 2nd slide at the furnace; if there is enough water to run the right side, it will probably be a nice level. Take out at the Cheat putin.

Water Quality Improvments: 

For years, heinous water quality deterred paddlers form running the lower section of Muddy Creek.   This Creek had been severely impacted by Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) from abandoned coal mines for decades.  The volume of AMD, commonly known as “yellowboy” was overwhelming after the 1994 blowout at the T&T Mine.  However, this stretch of whitewater is now runnable again with excellent water quality.

In 2018 the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) in cooperation with Friends of the Cheat (FOC)  implemented a watershed scale restoration project on Lower Muddy Creek.  This includes an AMD Treatment plant at the old T&T mine, as well as In-stream lime dosing systems throughout the watershed.  The water quality on lower Muddy Creek has improved dramatically over the last year. 

Attached is a youtube video about the project.  https://youtu.be/EFUpVFdPWCY
 
Stream Gauge Project:

Friends of the Cheat (FOC) has installed an OTT RLS Stream Gauge near the mouth of Muddy Creek, close to the Cheat Fest Site.  The stream gauge is similar to ones used by the USGS throughout the state, however it is maintained and managed by FOC.  It measures stream stage (water level), as well as the following water quality parameters; pH, conductivity, DO and temperature.  Eventually, the stream stage will be embedded in this page in place of the Big Sandy correlation that is currently used.  For now, in order to view this gauge, follow this link:  *https://www.cheat.org/our-work/mapping-monitoring-program/muddy-creek-gauge-live-data-stream/and click “Muddy Creek” on the left side of the page, and then click “RLS Level (ft)” in the resulting drop down menu.  This link will also provide the opportunity to download an app.  If you have any trouble accessing this gauge via mobile phone, some users may find it helpful to first access the link via wifi and download the app.

Flow data will be useful for folks paddling Muddy Creek and other nearby steep creeks (Daugherty, Roaring, and Elsey) that don't have gauge stations, but often run when Muddy Creek runs high. Other recreationalists will find the information useful as well. If you’d like to contribute to the development of runnability correlations, please e-mail your observations of runnable flows in Muddy Creek or other nearby creeks to owen@cheat.org, and/or leave this feedback as a comment here.  Please be sure to include date and time, as well as your interpretation of the flow, being as objective as possible.  

 

Rapid Descriptions

Put In

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Launch near near the junction of Woolen Mill Road and Highway 26p . There is a bit of parking on the north east corner of the intersection.   Woolen Mill Road follows Muddy Creek upstream.

Slide

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Old Furnace Slide

Class - IV Mile - 1.2

The remains of the old furnace appear to be on river left towards the end of the slide.

Take Out

Class - N/A Mile - 2.5
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The take out is a public access point located on the Friends of the Cheat property.  The takeout includes a moderately sized parking area with information Kiosks, bathrooms, and changing rooms.  This is also considered one of the Cheat Canyon put-ins as well.

From Interstate 68 at Bruceton Mills, head south on Route 26. After about ten miles, take a sharp right into Teter's Campground. Drive through Teter's campground to land owned by Friends of the Cheat. This is an AW paddlers' easement.

Comments

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Kevin Williams
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16 years ago

Funs run with 2 slides- one narrow and reminiscent of the last slide on Meadow Run (but not as steep). Watch out for the undercut ledge along the left side and a piton rock near the bottom. The other slide (right at the old furnace) is 25 meters long with a 5

Gage Descriptions

Based on a recommendation by Steve Ettinger. Note that this is an "indicator gage," from a nearby stream in the same watershed. These indicator gages are best used as a guide--a way to figure out whether it's even worth looking at the stream or not.


*Update*

Stream Gauge Project:

Friends of the Cheat (FOC) has installed an OTT RLS Stream Gauge near the mouth of Muddy Creek, close to the Cheat Fest Site.  The stream gauge is similar to ones used by the USGS throughout the state, however it is maintained and managed by FOC.  It measures stream stage (water level), as well as the following water quality parameters; pH, conductivity, DO and temperature.  Eventually, the stream stage will be embedded in this page in place of the Big Sandy correlation that is currently used.  For now, in order to view this gauge, follow this link:  *https://www.cheat.org/our-work/mapping-monitoring-program/muddy-creek-gauge-live-data-stream/and click “Muddy Creek” on the left side of the page, and then click “RLS Level (ft)” in the resulting drop down menu.  This link will also provide the opportunity to download an app.  If you have any trouble accessing this gauge via mobile phone, some users may find it helpful to first access the link via wifi and download the app.

Flow data will be useful for folks paddling Muddy Creek and other nearby steep creeks (Daugherty, Roaring, and Elsey) that don't have gauge stations, but often run when Muddy Creek runs high. Other recreationalists will find the information useful as well. If you’d like to contribute to the development of runnability correlations, please e-mail your observations of runnable flows in Muddy Creek or other nearby creeks to owen@cheat.org, and/or leave this feedback as a comment here.  Please be sure to include date and time, as well as your interpretation of the flow, being as objective as possible.  

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Cheat Canyon Settlement Reached; Land Set Aside for Endangered Species

2/13/2007
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.
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1211017 01/28/19 Paul Martzen updated image position
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1210855 01/17/19 Paul Martzen added two slide rapids
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