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Difficulty I-III
Length 8.2 Miles
Flow Range 7.50 - 10.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 28 minutes ago 3.82 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 12/16/2002 12:21 am

River Description

Old Field Fork is considered the mainstem of the Elk River.
Paddlers may experience 2-3 wire fences across the creek.

Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

The Webster Springs gauge is located 59 river miles downstream of the put-in. One major tributary(Back Fork) and many small tributaries flow into the Elk betwen this gauge and the put-in. Thus this gauge can only be used as an indicator.

Directions Description

We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

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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.

Turner Sharp


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1192601 12/16/02 Turner Sharp n/a