Laurel Run - To Cheat River

Laurel Run, West Virginia, US


To Cheat River

Usual Difficulty V+ (for normal flows)
Length 1.25 Miles
Avg. Gradient 565 fpm
Max Gradient 1115 fpm

Slim Shady Slot

Slim Shady Slot
Photo of Don Smith by Doug Smith taken 03/04/03

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03062500 400 - 2000 cfs V+ 00h52m 198 cfs (too low)

River Description

Steep. Scouting and portages necessary. Numerous large and dangerous drops with some ending in entrapment or physical destruction and/or pain. This is not for boaters who prefer placid runs like the Upper Yough, Big Sandy, Daugherty Run, Fike Run, etc. that are located in nearby vicinities. Bring a friend and a rope and do some hiking. Lower section is extremely steep and may be considered totally unrunnable by many. For those with adventuresome spirits and very good skills it is a fun lesson in technical lines. Enjoy.
Lat/longitude coordinates are a rough approximation.

For a detailed account of the latest attempt to run this creek along with a video, go to

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-05-14 15:37:45


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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June 17 2010 (3079 days ago)
AMWildlife (152018)
What is the best way to access this stream? It seems everywhere I've found to get near it, it is
heavily posted NO TRESSPASSING
December 28 2008 (3614 days ago)
Doug SmithDetails
Now that the run is listed here, I thought I'd add some pics from a descent in the spring of "03.
This run is a lot of fun, but don't even go if you're not prepared for some bush-wacking, steep
portages, and steep tight drops. Don and I have run most of the drops, and I know Bobby Miller has
run another one or two (Any input Bobby?). A couple are definately no-go's. On one decent, at Crash
Landing, we came over the ledge to find another group of boaters. Three of the four boats on shore
were pig-nosed and the guys decided to hike out from there. It will be a long day no matter what.
February 2 2006 (4674 days ago)
Robert FarmerDetails
where is this? It empties into Cheat Canyon, river left, a mile or so below the put-in.

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