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Difficulty IV-V(V+)
Length 1.5 Miles
Flow Range 4.00 - 6.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 40 minutes ago 2.53 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 01/07/2006 12:13 pm

River Description

Class: IV- V.?

This one is roadside along Hwy 16 between Fayetteville and the New Dries put-in. The old version of the creek was featured in a number of Kayaking video's including Katie & BJ Johnson's 'Falling Down'.

On July 8, 2001 the area suffered a catastrophic flood that did about 1000 years of geologic damage in a day. The creek bed was scoured. Houses washed down the creek running the 30 foot waterfalls. Most of the lower stretch of the road was washed away.

As of fall 2003 boaters are starting to run parts of the creek again. There are lots of sharp rocks, and the streambed is in a constant state of change.

Rapid Descriptions


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16 years ago

Chris Gorman 2003-09-22 22:43:30
You can see this whole reach when you are driving to the New river dries. It looks un-runnable, There are numerous 20 footers landing on rock. I talked to a local boater about it and he said that a huge flood a couple of years back washed alot of rocks into the New (which made the put-in waves) but ruined the landing zones for the waterfalls. Maybe in another million years the water will pound it's way through the rocks below the waterfalls, but until then looks like a lot of portages (but it is roadside).

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16 years ago

Date: Sep 23 2003, 14:14 GMT
From: BoyGenius

Laurel Creek on Friday rocked the party big-time. TONS of runnable ultra-technical boulder water. We only carried 2 or 3 big drops (Captain Crunch was one of them) which all seemed to involve falling 20-30 onto rocks or a must-make flat landing. It was definately the steepest creek that I've run where I didn't have to walk around ANY log-strainers. Just tons of fun. It was also my first experience running the new Prijon Creeker 225 down any longer, technical rapids. That boat is so much fun!

Stephen Wright

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16 years ago

This run was made popular in the old Falling Down video. In july of 2001 an epic flood reshaped the creek and the road beside the creek. The creekbed has been in a state of flux since that event.

Gage Descriptions

The linked gauge can only be used as an indicator. Since this run is along WV 16 itis easy to make a visual check.

Directions Description

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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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