Difficulty I-III
Length 9.4 Miles
Flow Range 1.25 - 9.50 FT
Flow Rate as of: 35 minutes ago 6.59 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 05/15/2019 4:39 pm

River Description

Mostly flatwater. Perhaps five class 2 rapids with long stretches of flatwater between them. There is also a class 3, with a big hole called Surprise. Surprise rapid is big enough to stand large rafts vertically at some flows.

New River Gorge National Park Website 

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Date Flow Result Factor  
2012-04-17 Medium Fatality Other Read More
2009-05-02 High Fatality High Water Read More




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New River Gorge Meetings Scheduled (WV)

Kevin Colburn

The National Park Service (NPS) has scheduled three meetings in early March to gather comments on their alternative management scenarios for the New River Gorge National River.  Meetings will be held in Hinton (3/9), Beckley (3/10), and at the New River Gorge (3/11). The NPS is considering several complex alternatives and paddlers are encouraged to attend these meetings to learn more and offer feedback.

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New River Gorge Draft Plan Released (WV)

Kevin Colburn

Earlier this month the National Park Service released their new draft management plan for the New River Gorge National River.  The analysis accompanying the plan explores five alternatives representing different strategies that are all targeted at protecting the ecological, cultural, historical, and recreational values of the river corridor.  The Park Service has selected their prefered alternative and has requested public comments on their draft plan and analysis between now and April 1, 2010.

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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.

Bryan Tudor


Thomas O'Keefe


Tony Allred Jr


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1193908 09/10/06 Bryan Tudor n/a
1202750 09/23/13 Thomas O'Keefe map edits
1210079 07/13/18 Tony Allred Jr 7-10-2018 - cleanup
1212361 05/15/19 Tony Allred Jr updated description
1211838 04/03/19 Tony Allred Jr updated image position
1212365 05/15/19 Tony Allred Jr updated description
1212364 05/15/19 Tony Allred Jr updated description