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Difficulty II-III+
Length 4.1 Miles
Flow Range 12.80 - 14.20 FT
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 13.07 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 09/22/2004 4:05 pm

River Description

The steepest mile is near the end and includes "Dreaded Drop" a irregular 8-10 slide. At higher water levels this drop can develop nasty hydraulics.
At higher water levels take caution approaching the take-out since a culvert bridge is immediately downstream and likes to collect debris.

Lat/longitude coords are approximate, from TopoZone.

Rapid Descriptions


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Anthony Daniel
1 week ago

The Creek is far prettier than guidebook suggests, the description written when the area was more actively mined . The culvert bridge was removed several years ago but at low flows there is a pipe that crosses just above the bridge (that replaces the culverts) that may require you to get out of your boat if you are paddling the next section as well . The most popular takeout for this section is at the gate on river left just above a rocky rapid and where the culverts used to be. The most popular put in is directly under the Kingston bridge. You can "scrape the paint" a couple of inches below the low water bridge and still get down okay. For sometime now the gauge correlation (clear fork of coal) isn't working. The creek is often showing up as runnable when it isn't. Wood tends to move around on this stream.

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Brent Samples
7 years ago

paddled both sections 11/3. the first mile is chocked full of wood. the stream opens up after this and is clear through Dreaded Drop. Be alert of both islands in the first mile as well as for any trees that could move. T

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11 years ago

The minimum for this run is top of the low water bridge at Mossy. Once you get off the interstate turn left as you cross the bridge. The low water bridge is about 1/2 mile down right beside the road. If the bridge is a hydraulic then you have really high water. This section has nice sloping ledges and plenty of rapids. At the culverts get out on the right about 20 yards upstream. The culverts are usually clogged. The next section downstream is a bit harder and more technical. But most of it can be scouted from the road while running shuttle. Heath Damron

Gage Descriptions

The USGS on-line gage for this reach is on the Clear Fork of Big Coal River which is the next drainage due west of Paint Creek thus it can be only used as an indicator.
Check out the low water bridge downstream of Mossy across from the Fairview Church on CR 15. If the water is within 6" of the upstream top edge there is enough water.

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.

Matt Muir


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