Cheat River at The Narrows (Lower)

Rowlesburg, West Virginia

The Narrows is a popular reach of the Cheat River located downstream of Rowlesburg. During normal flows, the Narrows offers Class II and III rapids that becomes increasingly more difficult as you paddle downstream. Our monitoring location is located at "Fascination Alley" just downstream of "Calamity Rock". It is also a popular spot for squirt boaters to practice their mystery move!

The parking area is a gravel pull-off along Route 72. Please be careful pulling off or merging with traffic.

Check out the American Whitewater page for more information on paddling The Narrows. http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/2346

Note: this is not a designated swimming area. Swim at your own risk.

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . Friends of the Cheat updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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MONITORING FREQUENCY

Cheat River at The Narrows (Lower) is sampled monthly from January 1st to December 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Friends of the Cheat staff, interns, and volunteers monitor water quality in this region. Friends of the Cheat monitors river recreation sites of the Cheat River.

Sites are monitored for E. coli and total coliform as well as temperature, pH, and conductivity.

Bacteriological samples are analyzed using the IDEXX Quanti-Tray/2000 method through a partnership between Friends of the Cheat, Dr. Dorothy Vesper's Lab, and the Institute of Water Security and Science at West Virginia University. Funds to purchase the IDEXX system were provided by The Appalachian Freshwater Initiative, supported by the National Science Foundation under Award Number 1458952.

Samples are collected throughout the year. Water is monitored twice per month during peak river recreation months (April – September) and once per month during the off season (October – March).
Samples are generally collected on Wednesdays and results are posted on Fridays.

Advisory issued when E. coli concentration is greater than 410 CFU/100 mL.
A beach is Green when E.coli is less than 410 CFU/100 mL.
A beach is Red when E.coli is equal to or more than 410 CFU/100 mL

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Cheat River at The Narrows (Lower)

Rowlesburg, West Virginia

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . Friends of the Cheat updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   

The Narrows is a popular reach of the Cheat River located downstream of Rowlesburg. During normal flows, the Narrows offers Class II and III rapids that becomes increasingly more difficult as you paddle downstream. Our monitoring location is located at "Fascination Alley" just downstream of "Calamity Rock". It is also a popular spot for squirt boaters to practice their mystery move!

The parking area is a gravel pull-off along Route 72. Please be careful pulling off or merging with traffic.

Check out the American Whitewater page for more information on paddling The Narrows. http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/2346

Note: this is not a designated swimming area. Swim at your own risk.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Cheat River at The Narrows (Lower) is sampled monthly from January 1st to December 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Friends of the Cheat staff, interns, and volunteers monitor water quality in this region. Friends of the Cheat monitors river recreation sites of the Cheat River.

Sites are monitored for E. coli and total coliform as well as temperature, pH, and conductivity.

Bacteriological samples are analyzed using the IDEXX Quanti-Tray/2000 method through a partnership between Friends of the Cheat, Dr. Dorothy Vesper's Lab, and the Institute of Water Security and Science at West Virginia University. Funds to purchase the IDEXX system were provided by The Appalachian Freshwater Initiative, supported by the National Science Foundation under Award Number 1458952.

Samples are collected throughout the year. Water is monitored twice per month during peak river recreation months (April – September) and once per month during the off season (October – March).
Samples are generally collected on Wednesdays and results are posted on Fridays.

Advisory issued when E. coli concentration is greater than 410 CFU/100 mL.
A beach is Green when E.coli is less than 410 CFU/100 mL.
A beach is Red when E.coli is equal to or more than 410 CFU/100 mL

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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