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Difficulty I-II(III)
Length 4.5 Miles
Flow Range 7.00 - 10.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 38 minutes ago 3.17 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 11/07/2010 1:36 pm

River Description

Shuttle: Take WV 16 south of Hartland to Bickmore. Turn left on Fola Road (CR 17), then shortly thereafter bear left on Leatherwood Road and follow down off of the ridge to the confluence of Leatherwood Creek with its Right Fork.
Description: This is oil and gas country. Many pipelines cross the creek. At low paddleable levels 2-4 portages may have to be made. A higher levels it requires a paddler to pay close attention to barely submerged pipelines.
Not to be confused with the III-IV run in Webster County.

Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

The Webster Springs gauge is many miles upstream and above the Sutton Reservoir. Thus this gauge can only be used as a rough indicator of paddling conditions.
Best advice is if you hang up on the small rapid immediately below the put-in it is to low to paddle. If you scrape it will be a low water run. If no scraping a paddler will have plenty of water

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.

Matt Muir


Turner Sharp


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1198590 11/07/10 Matt Muir Added coords and link to the other Leatherwood. Changed name to differentiate from the other Leatherwood.
1194006 12/20/05 Turner Sharp n/a