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Difficulty I-II
Length 14.8 Miles
Flow Range 6.00 - 7.50 FT
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 3.17 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 11/21/2010 4:16 pm

River Description

The first 3 miles contain most of the gradient at 40'/mile and consists of a long series of low ledges (1-3') and slide ledges. The balance of the run consists of mostly an occasional class 1-2 rock garden rapid down to Sutton Lake. One portage at a low water culvert bridge is required about 6 miles into the run.

Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

The gauge is located on the main stem of the Elk River and thus can only be used as an indicator.

Directions Description

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No Accident Reports



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Midnight Miracle at Kanawha Falls

Charlie and Sandy Walbridge

A Tennessee kayaker was rescued after spending 8 hours trapped behind the veil of Kanawha Falls, a 15 foot drop located below the confluence of the New and Gauley Rivers in West Virginia. The victim was paddling alone; a fisherman spotted his loose kayak and notified authorities. Top expert kayakers from Fayetteville, WV teamed up with WV-DNR officers and first responders to locate and rescue the man. Read their remarkable first-person accounts in the American Whitewater Accident Database:

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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.

Turner Sharp


Matt Muir


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1193665 11/05/06 Turner Sharp n/a
1198732 11/21/10 Matt Muir Added coords.