The Cheat Narrows River
The Cheat river is one of the largest uncontrolled watersheds in the eastern US. With over 912 sq miles of drainage, it is a big river system by the time it gets to the Narrows. The Cheat Narrows gets it's name from the river being funneled through a narrow break in the river canyon. Because of this and the lower gradient then the Cheat Canyon this section can be rafted at a wide range of water levels. Most of the rapids in this section are formed by the river tumbling over big rock bars creating lots of friendly waves. The Cheat Narrows is also a great section to ride when the Canyon is over 6 Ft, very large waves and very fast currents. Starting in flatwater and ending in flatwater the Narrows is around 6 miles long depending on starting point. Fresh clean mountain water makes this section a wonderful place to be in the summertime, lots of great swimming spots.The perfect trip for the beginner rafter and young kids, as well as those who just want a fun easy time on some mild whitewater.
This is a 4-6 mile trip depending on water levels and can be done in guided rafts or inflatable kayaks. In the summertime less waves more pools. A great way to spend the day. This is a wonderful family trip as it offers something for everyone.
There are several class 2 rapids, with 3 class 3 rapids depending on water levels. When the water is up to just rafting levels there may be an easy, fun exciting class 4. In the early spring this section of river is mostly waves and pools.
Available Cheat Narrows Trips
Cheat Canyon Photos (click on photo to enlarge)