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Difficulty V+
Length 3.4 Miles
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Reach Info Last Updated 02/10/2009 6:05 am

River Description

This is one of the steepest runs in the area, dropping at an 800-fpm rate for a quarter mile, according to JB Seay. Check out his description, with some great photos, of a run in the winter of 2009; click here.


There's a serious access problem on this crick; one landowner has reportedly threatened to shoot kayakers if he sees them. For this reason, JB Seay recommends parking at the takeout for Daugherty Run, just downstream on the Cheat, and moving quickly when checking levels or finishing a run.


Click here for a 260k video of the Zone Dogg running a boof on this stream. Click here for a 451k video of the Zone Dogg's first attempt at a slide; Click here for a 471k video of his second, better attempt.

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ian downard
13 years ago

No point in writting a howto for this creek. For your own safety, scout *everything*. Strainers and undercuts abound.

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Mike Vanderberg
13 years ago

Just a reminder: Last summer a good friend of mine from WVU obtained permission from the landowner at the end of the run to sample Elzey Run for fish. He noted that the landowner couldn't stop talking about how much he hated kayakers, and that he wouldn't hesitate to shoot anyone floating down the creek in front of his house. Apparently he doesn't have too much to lose...

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Gauley Fest - September 13-16, 2018 - Summersville, WV

Mark Singleton

Get your groove on baby! This year Gauley Fest is a 60’s themed event to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. To memorialize that historic event we are flashing back to another era for a 60’s throwdown. Started in 1983 to celebrate the derailment of a hydro-electric project that would have disrupted the flows on the Gauley River, Gauley Fest has grown to become the largest paddling festival in the world.

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2018 Letter To Gauley Boaters From The NPS (WV)

Mark Singleton

American Whitewater received the following open letter to boaters from the rangers and staff of the Gauley River National Recreation Area. This letter will keep you up to date on important management actions of the National Park Service on the Gauley River. Enjoy your paddling season on this classic whitewater river. As in past years, American Whitewater has leased the field above Masons Branch, also known as the Legg field, for overflow parking.

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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.

Robert Miller


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