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Difficulty I-III
Length 9.5 Miles
Flow Range 470 - 3110 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 17 minutes ago 29.3 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 02/06/2020 7:28 pm

River Description

This section of river was home to the Cruiser Class racers during the Petersburg Whitewater races.

Rapid Descriptions


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Christopher M Duran
3 months ago

I joined AW specifically to add info to this stretch of river. Ran it at 1080 cfs and I can confidently say at this level there are about a dozen class IV wave trains. The ledge seen in many pictures tossed two paddlers in my group of three, and one was very experienced. Once you start seeing the rock formation behind you after a bend, be sure to go left on this upcoming ledge. I'm not sure who posted that you should run this anywhere above 1100 or so. This run was the site of some pretty hardcore paddlers in the 70's so I wonder if the rapids and water levels were defined by those who didn't want to characterize a major tributary as too tricky. I believe it's a class III at much lower water levels. Pour-over: if you use the designated takeout, walk along the banks until you see the 5 ft pour over. To avoid this later, find the middle channel in the river (the pour over is in the rover left channel). Lastly, I don't think the boulders in the other poster's pictures are along this run, but rather further downriver.

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John Duke
16 years ago

There are 2 riverwide strainers in this section as of 2-29-04,both are easily portaged..looks like Tim Lewis has a summer job

Gage Descriptions

Rough correlations between Cabins gauge in feet vs cfs:

5.0' = ~370 cfs, 5.1' = ~425 cfs, 5.2' =~480, 5.3' =~550 cfs, 5.5' =~654 cfs, 6.0' = ~1130

cfs, 6.5' = ~1,620 cfs, 7.0' = ~2,370 cfs, 7.5' = ~3,110 cfs, 8.0' = ~4,070 cfs

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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.

Tony Allred Jr


Turner Sharp


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1214283 02/06/20 Tony Allred Jr updated description
1192221 11/24/03 Turner Sharp 12-5-2017 - cleanup
1210427 10/15/18 Tony Allred Jr 10-15-2018
1210419 10/11/18 Tony Allred Jr 10-11-2018 - added correlations feet vs cfs