Just saw ur PM -- thought I'd post here so more could read:
The Cheat Canyon is a great raft run... it is mostly run during the spring and late fall bc it does not run often during the summer... with that being said -- it is running right now... bc the headwaters got soaked this wknd.
The guage that AW refrences has been changed in the last year and now reads 10ft more than the visual guage on the 'put in' bridge in Albright WV. So when I talk about levels it will still be in the context of the 'standard' bridge guage.
This run's difficulty is level dependent:
2-2.5 ft Takes many of the biggest holes out of play. < Coliseum/Particle Accelerator is always there - regardless of flow > A seasoned raft crew could stumble down the cheat @ this level with a few scouts and minimal risk.
2.5 -3.5 ft brings the rest of the 'big ones' in play... big nasty, high falls, Coliseum/Particle Accelerator, pete morgans, .... best to have someone with you that knows where they are...
3.5 -5 ft I have hardboated it at this level, but never pushed rubber on it... if the cheat is this high, then all the creeks are typically running... so, more fun elsewhere... serious buisiness @ this level -- swims are very long - holes are big -- commercial companies high water cutoff is 5ft these days... they used to run it higher... but now the companies go upstream and run the tamer Cheat Narrows -- a good high water alternative
above 5ft... I have never been on the Cheat Canyon @ this level... I would hardboat it with the right crew... but I don't think I would raft it any time soon.