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Difficulty I-II
Length 6 Miles
Flow Range 340 - 3110 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 90.7 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 02/06/2020 7:26 pm

River Description

The first available take out is at a river left gravel bar that is below the confluence of the South Branch. Before the take-out the remains of the old Royal Glen Dam is easily skirted on far left.

Rapid Descriptions


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John Duke
12 years ago

see link for a video of this run..........

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John Duke
16 years ago

As of 2-28-04 there are two huge trees blocking your passage just above the confluence..portage on the right

Gage Descriptions

Located on this section at river mile 2.9 upstream of the confluence of the South Branch.

Rough correlations between Cabins gauge in feet vs cfs:

5.0' = ~370 cfs, 5.1' = ~425 cfs, 5.2' =~480, 5.3' =~550 cfs, 5.5' =~654 cfs, 6.0' = ~1130

cfs, 6.5' = ~1,620 cfs, 7.0' = ~2,370 cfs, 7.5' = ~3,110 cfs, 8.0' = ~4,070 cfs

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


Turner Sharp


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1214282 02/06/20 Tony Allred Jr updated description
1210418 10/11/18 Tony Allred Jr 10-11-2018 - added correlations feet vs cfs
1198697 11/17/10 Matt Muir 3-30-2018 - cleanup
1193487 11/24/03 Turner Sharp n/a