Cheat, Shavers Fork - 6. Bridge crossing Shavers Fork near Little Black Fork to Parsons

Cheat, Shavers Fork, West Virginia, US


6. Bridge crossing Shavers Fork near Little Black Fork to Parsons

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 15.9 Miles
Avg. Gradient 20 fpm
Max Gradient 20 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03068800 4.90 - 9.00 ft I-II 00h33m 5.07 ft (running)

River Description

SHUTTLE: The bridge over Shavers Fork may be reached via Clifton Run Road (CR7) from Kerens or CR 6 through the Stuart Recreational area.

Boaters can shorten the trip 2.8 miles by taking out at Porterwood.
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2003-10-18 22:51:26

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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August 24 2013 (1671 days ago)
keithandlee (155726)
The first 8 miles of this section are nice at 550-800 cfs. There are only a few houses along the
whole section. There is a narrow chute on river left seven miles down from the put in that should
be scouted for strainers. There are trees jammed on river right just before the chute. Just after
the chute there is a ledge that may be run or avoided on the extreme left. There are takeout
possibilities right after the ledge. Dirt roads are on both river banks for a couple hundred yards.
May 21 2010 (2861 days ago)
eskrub (151852)
I ran this yesterday at about 5.9. We started from a campsite along Shavers Fork Rd. It is two
bridges after the old stone bridge. This section has a lot of really good waves, but watch out for
what some call Channel Falls. It is a little bit more than half way to Porterwood when Shavers Fk
Rd. (river right) gets real low and close to the river. It is hard to see the ledge when you are
coming up on it until it is too late, but it was about a 3 ft. drop. You can avoid it by keeping
far river left, but it is fun to go over when the water is high enough. We took out at the church
in Porterwood (river left). Great couple hour trip for an afternoon!
June 23 2009 (3193 days ago)
stratford douglasDetails
The minimum value on the range is too high for some purposes. I paddled the first 7 miles of this
section in open canoe (big old 120 lb solo 16' Mad River, with 40 lbs of camping gear) on June 21
at around 4.5' (325 cfs). It was a bit scrapy in a few spots and surfing opps were pretty limited,
but it was very pleasant Class II canoeing, pretty continuous with short pools. I paddled the next
4 or 5 miles the next day at even lower water 4.3' (~230 cfs), same rig but without the camping
gear, taking out on the right just above Porterwood. This was scrapy in a half-dozen wide shoals,
but I never had to get out of the boat, and there were some fun ledges and some pretty country.
Overall, I would say that if you are interested in a pleasant Class II canoeing trip with camping
gear, this is a very nice choice down to 4.5' and maybe a bit below. The road on river right stays
near the river and is in good shape, easily passable with some care in a Subaru Forester or the
like, and there are several alternative put-ins on the right side. If you want peace and quiet, you
might want to avoid this section on summer weekends due to ATV activity, but I saw not a single
vehicle of any type on the river right road on Monday.

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