Cheat River at Jenkinsburg Bridge

Masontown, West Virginia

The Jenkinsburg Bridge (also known as The High Bridge or Blue Hole) is an important access point for the Cheat Canyon. Paddlers use the site as a take-out for both the Cheat Canyon and Lower Big Sandy Creek. During hot summer days, the site is also a popular swimming hole. Visitors are reminded carry out their trash and to respect private property.

The parking area is privately owned. The site is primarily maintained by Friends of the Cheat. Bull Run Road often requires 4x4 vehicles to access the site either from Valley Point or Masontown. Please drive slowly and be considerate of others who live in or use the area.

Our monitoring location is located just upstream the mouth of Big Sandy Creek.

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 Jenkinsburg Bridge 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 Jenkinsburg Bridge

Masontown, 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 Jenkinsburg Bridge (also known as The High Bridge or Blue Hole) is an important access point for the Cheat Canyon. Paddlers use the site as a take-out for both the Cheat Canyon and Lower Big Sandy Creek. During hot summer days, the site is also a popular swimming hole. Visitors are reminded carry out their trash and to respect private property.

The parking area is privately owned. The site is primarily maintained by Friends of the Cheat. Bull Run Road often requires 4x4 vehicles to access the site either from Valley Point or Masontown. Please drive slowly and be considerate of others who live in or use the area.

Our monitoring location is located just upstream the mouth of Big Sandy Creek.

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

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Cheat River at Jenkinsburg Bridge 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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