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Cheat River Canyon Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Cheat River

Cheat River Canyon Info
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Put In:  Albright
Take Out:  Jenkinsburg Bridge
Difficulty:  Class IV +
Gradient:  25 ft/mi
Run Length:  11 miles
Current Streamflow:  2270 cfs @ 12/14/2016 02:15 PM - CHEAT RIVER NEAR PARSONS, WV, reading taken from USGS
Flow Information (phone):  National Weather Service, Charleston; 304-746-0180
Good Level:  1.0' to 5.0'
Season Comments:  March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October
Permit:  None presently required.
Character/Similar To:  At low flows the Cheat offers Class III pool-drop rapids. At high flows the pools disappear and the run becomes continuous Class III-IV with two possible Class V rapids. A blend of the Lower Gauley and the New River Gorge.
Hazards:  Remote canyon and difficult, continuous whitewater.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Wilderness:  Yes
Camping on River:  Commercial campgrounds are near Albright, West Virginia on Hwy 26.
Location:  In the Mid-Atlantic (WV), 155 miles Northeast of Charleston
Shuttle Logistics:  Put-in: A common put-in for campers is at one of the commercial campgrounds near Albright on Hwy 26. Otherwise put-in at the bridge in Albright.

Take-out: To reach Jenkinsburg Bridge take Hwy 26 north from Albright 6 miles to Valley Point and turn left onto Route 15 (Hudson Road). Continue some 5 miles to Mt. Nebo and proceed straight through the intersection for 2.3 miles to the edge of the canyon. Jenkinsburg is another 1.2 miles at the bottom of the canyon. The shuttle is difficult and many boaters make arrangements with Glen Miller's Shuttle Service; 304-379-3404.

Towns near Cheat River Canyon Kayaking

Albright West Virginia
Confluence Pennsylvania
Harpers Ferry West Virginia
Morgantown West Virginia
Ohiopyle Pennsylvania
Rowlesburg West Virginia
Uniontown Pennsylvania
Wheeling West Virginia

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Southeastern Kayak Clubs
  • Burned Out Canoe Club
  • West Virginia Wildwater Association