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Difficulty I-II(III)
Length 11.1 Miles
Flow Range 1.50 - 12.50 FT
Flow Rate as of: 43 minutes ago 1.31 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 12/23/2018 2:35 pm

River Description

From a comment, 2009:
There are two decent rapids on the upper stretch of the river. One is a class III (maybe) called Bacon Falls, which I have found to be best when the river is around 4 1/2. The other is a slide with a pretty decent hole at the bottom.
You can also shorten the trip by using the public access at Barger Springs but keep in mind the rapids worth running are on the upper half so if I was going to shorten I would run from Talcott to Barger Springs because there really isn't much after that.

Rapid Descriptions

Bacon Falls

Class - III Mile - 2

Bacon Falls is the first rapid below Talcott, where the flow channels on the right against a cliff face.  At higher flows it can be skirted on the left.

Lindsey Slide

Class - II Mile - 3

Lindsey Slide is a riverwide slanted ledge that can have strong holes in places.  Shallower on river left.


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Anthony Daniel
2 weeks ago

river is flat above bacon falls, play potential just above barger springs (lindsey slide)

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Barry Rich
8 years ago

Tig, I went to Lindsey Falls yesterday. 9.4 on the Alderson gauge. Fun surfing on a really nice green wave and a nice foamie just below it...all with eddy service :)

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Corey Lilly
9 years ago

A good beginner surf 4ft to 8ft+. have not seen the falls over 8ft. seems to get better with bigger flows. around 6-7 ft no longer eddy service. YTC

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Perfecto Dacal
9 years ago

I went to a spot in this section yesterday. It was a slide into a hole pretty much all the across the river. I was told its called linsey falls. It was a pretty cool, chill, park and play spot had easy surfs to catch. To the river left the wave can get low so watch your head if you roll. But river right wave is real fun. I ran it at 3.8.

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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


Philip Young


Tony Allred Jr


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1198603 11/07/10 Matt Muir Added text from comment and coords.
1201160 03/30/12 Philip Young added rapids
1198604 11/07/10 Matt Muir Added text from comment & coords.
1210758 12/23/18 Tony Allred Jr 12-15-2018 - cleanup
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