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Difficulty I-II
Length 8.3 Miles
Flow Range 6.20 - 9.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 6.27 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 10/31/2010 10:37 am

River Description

There is a large concrete culvert bridge shortly below the confluence of Lilly Fork and about one mile from the confluence of the Elk River. The river-left vehicle approach to this bridge has been washed out and there is a twisty 4-5 foot drop among the boulders with no danger of rebar. This is also a suitable take-out since the scenery and gradient downstream to Clay is minimal.

Rapid Descriptions


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Anthony Daniel
3 years ago

this stream was hit hard by the 2016 flood. The river bed is somewhat "scoured". Trees were bent over and snapped along both shores for most of the eight miles. A better gauge to use is the USGS Herold gauge located on the BirchRriver (but not currently linked to AW) . Buffalo creek typically runs if the Birch River is at least 5 feet at Herold. the culvert dam has gotten easier and more open since the flood, stay left of center and you'll see multiple lines to run

Gage Descriptions

The gauge is located upstream of the
Sutton Dam on the main-stem of the Elk River thus can only be used as an indicator. <br />

Directions Description

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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


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1198516 10/31/10 Matt Muir Added coords.
1194339 12/20/05 n/a n/a