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West Virginia whitewater, Otter Creek

Tucker county, Big Springs Gap to Cheat River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV     2.6 miles
  The wonderful Tucker County scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream have people coming here. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in West Virginia is often easier than elsewhere, so you'd better keep in mind that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. A good workout and spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to come. The Big Springs Gap to Cheat River stretch of Otter Creek in Tucker
    County is 2.6 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class IV section. The starting point is not too far from Morgantown, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. This is
a somewhat short section so better bring some good walking shoes. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. The campgrounds here at Otter Creek are pretty good. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots.

Briefly about the general area:
A day on the slopes of Canaan Valley is just
what you need, and the Big Springs Gap Trail offers hiking at its best. Going to Blackwater Falls State Park right next door to Otter Creek is a splendid thing to do, and you'll almost certainly meet some folks from Hendricks here. This river is a wonderful place to visit. Hiking is a popular thing to do around Otter Creek; Green Mountain Trail is a wonderful local trail. The high level of precipitation makes Otter Creek a quite wet place. July is the month that gets the most rain, and February is the month with the least moisture. Summer brings highs in the 80's to Otter Creek; the night is slightly cooler of course, generally in the 50's.

Otter Creek, Big Springs Gap to Cheat River 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 Otter Creek.
 Whitewater Near Otter Creek:
Otter Creek, Tucker County, 1 miles away
      Class IV - 2.6 miles long (Big Springs Gap to Cheat River)
Cheat River - Black Fork, Tucker County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 4 miles long (Confluence of Blackwater River and Dry Fork at Hendricks to confluence of Shavers Fork)
Cheat River - Glady Fork, Randolph Tucker County, 5 miles away
      Class I-III - 8.9 miles long (CR 12 bridge Close to Sully to confluence of Dry Fork Close to Gladwin)
Otter Creek, Randolph / Tucker County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 9 miles long (to Big Spring Gap)
Red Run, Tucker County, 7 miles away
      Class V+ - 4 miles long (Ford at FS 13 road to confluence of Dry Fork)
Cheat River - Dry Fork, Randolph/ Tucker County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 12 miles long (Jenningston to Hendricks)
Cheat River - Shavers Fork, Randolph Tucker County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 15.9 miles long (Bridge crossing Shavers Fork Close to Little Black Fork to Parsons)
Cheat River - Glady Fork, Randolph County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 9.9 miles long (US 33 Bridge to CR 12 bridge Close to Sully)
Blackwater River, Tucker County, 8 miles away
      Class III-V - 7 miles long (North Fork Confluence to Hendricks)
Cheat River - Laurel Fork, Randolph/ Tucker County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 13 miles long (US 33 Bridge to Cheat River Dry Fork)
 Ski Areas Near Otter Creek:
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 14 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 16 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 33 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 42 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 57 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 60 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 60 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 61 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 68 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 69 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
 Hotels Near Otter Creek:
Iron Road Inn, Elkins , 16 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites ELKINS, Elkins , 16 miles away
Hampton Inn Elkins, Elkins , 17 miles away
ELKINS INN AND SUITES, Elkins , 17 miles away
Super 8 Elkins, Elkins , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Otter Creek:
Five River Campgrounds, Parsons, 5 miles away
Bear Heaven Campground, Elkins, 7 miles away
Horseshoe, Hambleton, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Otter Creek:
Green Mountain Trail, Tucker , 1 miles away
Big Springs Gap Trail, Tucker , 2 miles away
Bennet Rock Trail, Tucker , 2 miles away
Otter Creek Trail, Randolph , 3 miles away
Moore Run Trail, Randolph , 3 miles away
 Public Lands Near Otter Creek:
Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia , 10 miles away
Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia , 26 miles away
Tygart Lake State Park, West Virginia , 29 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Otter Creek:
Golf Holly Meadows Golf Course, Parsons , 5 miles away

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