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Difficulty III-IV+
Length 5.3 Miles
Flow Range 3.50 - 5.50 FT
Flow Rate as of: 29 minutes ago 2.53 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 11/01/2010 11:58 pm

River Description

The put-in is just below the confluence of Chestnut Knob Fork near the second bridge crossing Laurel Creek on WV 41 coming from Quinnimont, This run has a even distribution of gradient. It is usually infested with trees. There is or was a six foot crumbling dam about mile from take-out that is best run on river left. It is not known how recent (2006) high water events have affected this run.

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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


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1198539 11/01/10 Matt Muir Added coords.
1194417 01/05/06 n/a n/a