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Difficulty I-II
Length 5.4 Miles
Gauge Anthony Creek above 4h/Anthony
Flow Range 7.00 - 10.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 5 hours ago 7.4 [FT] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 06/05/2020 8:00 pm

River Description

I am unable to edit the minimum flow for this reach so I'll put it here. As of 6-5-20- the bare minimum is about 7.5. The minimum most whitewater folks would be interested in is about 7.8

Take-Out: River right on the Greenbrier River at public access area just below the CR21/2 bridge. From the mouth of Anthony Creek this requires a ferry across the Greenbrier and a 100-yard attainment along the river right shore line.

Fritz Crytzer shared:
14 Apr 03: Beautiful Class I-II run, with lots of opportunity for trout fishing along the way. The cited "100 yards" up the Greenbriar to the takeout is more like 200 yards, and a real bear when the Greenbriar is full! Campsites and trout fishing at the put-in are great!

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John Duke
3 hours ago

Just ran this on 5-26-20. The gaue was 7.8. this was no more that 0.3 above zero, probably was zero for some kayakers. 7.5 is the bare minimum, I'd say.

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jon rugh
4 months ago

This is a great run, fun class II begins when the river bends away from the road. Really cool rocks in the river and nice clear water. The gauge needs to be reset on this page. The new gauge doesn't line up with the old gauge readings. I went there and it was under 7ft on the gauge, and it was too low. I wouldn't consider going again unless it was over 7ft. There is a nice small parking area at the Greenbriar bridge crossing and a short trail that goes down to where Anthony Creek comes in. We biked the shuttle along the road, its really short, 4.5 miles maybe.

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Philip Young
8 years ago

Check the "Flow Info" tab for a link to a state/NOAA gauge just upstream of Blue Bend. 2.8 feet is a high flow with very little technicality. Please post your level so we can establish a minimum navigable flow.

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Steve McLuckie
11 years ago

Some friends paddled Anthony Creek over Memorial Day weekend in 2005, when the Greenbrier was about 5000cfs at Alderson. There was no way they could make the attainment, and probably would have ended up well downstream if they had tried to ferry across. Fortunately, there's a trail on the river left side of the Greenbrier. It's a bit over 1/4 mile to the road. IIRC, the trail isn't too rough, so dragging your boat is a good option. If you head down the Greenbrier you might be able to take out about 3 miles downstream at Keister, but you'll still have to walk at least a couple of hundred yards through the woods. I'm inclined to think that if Anthony Creek is high enough to be running, taking the trail back to the bridge is the best option.

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John Duke
13 years ago

Those guys are right when Anthony is up, attaining the Greenbrier is a B%^&*, I'd rather paddle on down the greenbrier

Gage Descriptions

 From Jeremy White USGS

The Anthony Creek gage has been moved downstream approximately 2.4 miles from the site that was operated by WV DHSEM (on the bridge over Anthony Creek).  The USGS streamgage, installed in late September 2019, was placed at the site of the historic USGS streamgage that was active roughly from 1949 to 1982.  The gage was set based on gage heights from that period, which led to the change versus the DHSEM gage (different location/different gage datum).  This tie into the historic data was in an effort to link the old data with the new.

I apologize for the confusion.  Let me know if you have any questions.


Jeremy White 

There is a state/NOAA gauge on the bridge about a mile above Blue Bend.  Help out by providing a comment on these gauge levels

There is no staff gauge, so if on-site you will have to look at the first riffle below the swimming area.  If there's enough water to get over it without scraping, you're probably fine.

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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.

Thomas O'Keefe


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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1214092 01/05/20 Thomas O'Keefe updated description
1203406 05/23/14 Philip Young corrected takeout
1201155 03/28/12 Philip Young minor edit
1215178 06/05/20 John Duke updated stats
1215179 06/05/20 John Duke updated description
1201161 03/30/12 Philip Young downgraded from I-III to I-II, no class 3 on this reach
1193098 09/28/08 John Duke n/a
1201154 03/28/12 Philip Young Added gauge info
1203222 04/04/14 Philip Young updated link to NOAA gauge
1201162 03/30/12 Philip Young Added gauge info
1203223 04/04/14 Philip Young Added gauge