This photo needs editing.
Difficulty II-III(IV)
Length 11.5 Miles
Gauge BIG SANDY CREEK AT ROCKVILLE, WV
Flow Range 1350 - 10000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 26 minutes ago 11.9 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 08/09/2019 5:44 pm

River Description


This reach could really be broken down into at least two distinct sections with very different characters.  The lower portion can provide a relatively mellow creeking experience with class 3 flavor in some spots. The upper portion contains a tighter and steeper gorge that is closer to class 4, reminiscent of nearby Daugherty or Roaring creeks- questionable access and a constantly evolving wood situation mean that this upper section should only be attempted when in the company of a local that knows their way around.  


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

Comments

default user thumbnail
|
11 years ago

upper 2-3mi are the best. slides, ledges and tight class III-(IV). very small, runs when daugherty, roaring and beaver are in. here's a link for direction to the put-in and takeout. you will need 4wd or high clearance. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&saddr=Ralph+Livengood&daddr=39.576189,-79.534578&hl=en&geocode=FbEFXAIdlehB-w%3B&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=1&sz=14&sll=39.580819,-79.559383&sspn=0.032481,0.054932&ie=UTF8&z=14

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 should only be used as a guide--a means to determine 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.  
 

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.

No Accident Reports

Alerts

News

article main photo

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.
user-avatar

Matt Muir

user-avatar

Friends of the Cheat

Revisions

Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1192689 03/22/08 n/a n/a
1213470 08/09/19 Friends of the Cheat updated stats
1213472 08/09/19 Friends of the Cheat updated stats
1213474 08/09/19 Friends of the Cheat updated description
1213475 08/09/19 Friends of the Cheat updated description
1213476 08/09/19 Friends of the Cheat updated description
1213473 08/09/19 Friends of the Cheat updated description
1213479 08/09/19 Friends of the Cheat updated description
1213480 08/09/19 Friends of the Cheat updated description