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Difficulty I-II
Length 9.8 Miles
Flow Range 11.70 - 16.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 10.99 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 10/23/2004 3:09 pm

River Description

An alternative put-in that deletes one mile of flat water paddling may be made at Allingdale at the confluence of Strouds Creek and the Gauley River.
The section below the Cranberry contains the most gradient (20'/mile) and rapids.
This section also includes RF1 05050005047.

Rapid Descriptions


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Anthony Daniel
1 month ago

at 13+ feet on the craigsville gauge (located on gauley near takeout at curtin bridge) the rapids below where the cranberry dumps become quite sizeable and require making moves around large holes. At those flows it is no longer a beginner run. So for a beginner 11 to 13 feet is the sweet spot, higher levels think intermediate skillset.

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12 years ago

This is a nice run for a liesurely day of paddling with easily negotiated rapids for the novice but requires enough skill to keep the intermediate paddler intrigued. Don't try this at anything below a gauge level of 11 ft. or you will spend more time dragging and walking than you do floating and paddling.

Gage Descriptions

The Cragsville gauge is located 10 river miles downstream of the put-in. Two major tributaries (Cranberry, Cherry) flow into the Gauley between 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.

Date Flow Result Factor  
1984-08-02 Medium Fatality Inexperience Read More



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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


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