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West Virginia whitewater, Cheat River

Preston Monongalia county, Jenkinsburg Bridge to Cheat Lake section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     10 miles
  The Jenkinsburg Bridge to Cheat Lake section of Cheat River in Preston/Monongalia County is 10 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III section. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in West Virginia is often easier than elsewhere, so you'd better keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less demanding. The wonderful Preston/Monongalia County scenery and the cool fresh water have people coming here. This
    section has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so why not pack your camping stuff too. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number
of good places. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Jenkinsburg Bridge to Cheat Lake section is just one of many. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Morgantown, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost.

Briefly about the general
What would a spot like Cheat River be without exciting nearby features like Coopers Rock. Coopers Rock State Forest is a magnificent local forest, and the wonderful folks of Masontown like to hang out nearby. A river like this is too good to miss. Going for a hike along the Mile Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this region. Don't forget to take a look at Beaverhole while you're here at Cheat River. Throughout the warm days of summer highs here at Cheat River get into the 80's, and during summer nights temperatures are in the 60's. Daytime highs throughout the winter are in the 30's, and nighttime lows in the 10's for Cheat River.

Cheat River, Jenkinsburg Bridge to Cheat Lake road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Cheat River.
 Whitewater Near Cheat River:
Clay Run, Monongalia County, 3 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.5 miles long (Junction with Quarry Run to Cheat Lake)
Bull Run, Preston County, 3 miles away
      Class V+ - 2.8 miles long (Bull Run to Cheat River)
Cheat River, Preston/Monongalia County, 3 miles away
      Class III - 10 miles long (Jenkinsburg Bridge to Cheat Lake)
Deckers Creek, Preston County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1 miles long (Masontown to Preston County line)
Deckers Creek, Monongalia County, 4 miles away
      Class I-IV+(V+) - 5.8 miles long (Preston County line to West Virginia 7)
Sovern Run, Preston County, 6 miles away
      Class IV - 0.8 miles long (Co. Road 14-3 to Rockville)
Big Sandy Creek, Preston County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5.3 miles long (Rockville to Jenkinsburg Bridge)
Deckers Creek, Monongalia County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Rt. 7 to Monongahela)
Fields Creek, Preston County, 7 miles away
      Class II-IV - 3.6 miles long (West of Browns Mill to confluence of Three Fork Creek)
Big Sandy Creek, Preston County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.8 miles long (Bruceton Mills to Rockville)
 Ski Areas Near Cheat River:
Wisp, Maryland , 30 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 40 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 41 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 41 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 43 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Boyce Park, Pennsylvania , 45 miles away, 180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 52 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 66 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 83 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 89 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Marinas Near Cheat River:
Sunset Beach Marina, Morgantown , 5 miles away
Two Rivers Marina & Campground, Dilliner , 12 miles away
Chuck's Boat Club, Mc Clellandtown , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Cheat River:
Lakeview Golf Resort And Spa, Morgantown , 5 miles away
Homestead Inn, Reedsville , 6 miles away
Holiday Inn Express MORGANTOWN, Morgantown , 7 miles away
Super 8 Morgantown, Morgantown , 7 miles away
SpringHill Suites Morgantown, Morgantown , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cheat River:
Coopers Rock State Forest, Masontown, 1 miles away
Chestnut Ridge Regional Park, Lake Lynn, 3 miles away
Pinhill Campground, Hazelton, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Cheat River:
Mile Trail, Fayette , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cheat River:
Valley Falls State Park, West Virginia , 24 miles away
Tygart Lake State Park, West Virginia , 25 miles away
Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cheat River:
Paradise Lake Golf Course, Morgantown , 11 miles away
Scarlet Oaks Golf Course, Morgantown , 13 miles away
Springdale Golf Club, Uniontown , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Cheat River
Town of Masontown Water Supply D Lake, Preston , 5 miles away
Cheat Lake, Monongalia , 7 miles away
Allison Reservoir, Fayette , 20 miles away

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