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Difficulty I-II
Length 15 Miles
Flow Range 540 - 2600 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 21 minutes ago 170 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 06/14/2018 8:09 pm

River Description

Lat/longitude coords are approximate, from TopoZone.

Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

A virtual gauge has been developed for the Lost based on the Brandywine gauge on the South Fork, South Branch Potomac and Cootes Store gauge on the North Fork Shenandoah all in cfs.  The ranges for this upper stretch of the Lost River (above WV55) are 320 - 1,500 cfs at Brandywine, 540 - 2,600 cfs at Cootes Store and 300 - 1,450 cfs for the Lost River virtual gauge.   The great Cacapon gauge is too far downstream to be at all useful for the Lost and the Moorefield gauge on the South Fork of the South Branch of the Potomac is best ignored for this run.

There is a painted gauge on the Route 55 bridge, west side abutment. For the upper Lost (above the WV55 bridge), a level of 0 to 3 feet is good, though it can be run a little bit below zero. Construction of the Corridor H highway may ultimately change this gauge. Report observations here.  

Directions Description

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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.

Tony Allred Jr


Matt Muir


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1209720 05/24/18 Tony Allred Jr 5-24-2018 - cleanup
1209745 06/01/18 Tony Allred Jr 5-29-2018 - cleanup
1209846 06/14/18 Tony Allred Jr 6-14-2018 - edited to account for canoe zero correlation
1209847 06/14/18 Tony Allred Jr 6-14-2018 - edited to account for canoe zero correlation
1209848 06/14/18 Tony Allred Jr 6-14-2018 - edited to account for canoe zero correlation
1208361 10/10/17 Tony Allred Jr 4-15-2018 - small edit/cleanup
1209628 05/18/18 Tony Allred Jr 5-18-2018 - edited description to reflect virtual gauge
1209706 05/23/18 Tony Allred Jr 5-24-2018 - cleanup
1209708 05/23/18 Tony Allred Jr 5-24-2018 - cleanup
1193129 04/09/08 n/a 9-25-2017 - cleanup