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Cheatriver8730

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I drive over Cheat lake a bunch, often 4 or more times a day.  Couple of days ago the lake was about as low and clear as I have ever seen.  Took several photos with my phone.


Looking downstream toward the I68b bridge
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Upstream toward the Canyon
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More people need to see this. I have seen a number of people run aground right there. When the water comes up they do not realize the center of the lake is super shallow in that area. Google earth has a photo of the lake in 2012 that shows it almost that low and it was clear then as well. Remember those shallow areas and where the channel is when you fish it as well. 
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I noticed how low it was the other day... very strange/neat
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The water table is dictated by two factors, one is the inclement weather, two is the demand for electricity. The water table isn’t any lower than normal it just appears that way because the mouth of the lake is at mont château. The lake in this area is filling up with silt. The pictures posted are proof, 61 year resident of cheat neck not cheat lake. Only a cheat necker would understand the difference between cheat lake and cheat neck.
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The water table is dictated by two factors, one is the inclement weather, two is the demand for electricity. The water table isn’t any lower than normal it just appears that way because the mouth of the lake is at mont château. The lake in this area is filling up with silt. The pictures posted are proof, 61 year resident of cheat neck not cheat lake. Only a cheat necker would understand the difference between cheat lake and cheat neck.


Not sure I agree with you there... that area will be under 5-ish feet of water at summer pool.


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The dam has federally mandated minimum level at which it must keep the water, which are variable by season. (I think it some sort of federal permit)

Today the level is 859.75. On Tuesday it was approaching the lower limit of 857, but it didn't dip below the allowable minimum.

https://www.cheatlake.com/cheat-lake-water-level

Cheat Lake Water Level Limits:

  • Spring (April): 863' - 870'

  • Summer (May - October): 868' - 870'

  • Winter (November - March): 857' - 870



And to Texag's point, that area will be under 8+ feet of water at summer pool (minimum 868' during summer, and it is currently at around 859').

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Not sure I agree with you there... that area will be under 5-ish feet of water at summer pool.



That same area used to be under 10 feet + of water in the 60's.

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The dam has federally mandated minimum level at which it must keep the water, which are variable by season.



That is correct, because of the summer boating and public recreation water levels are at a higher levels. Here's the problem at the current of infiltration the lake will be unnavigable for pleasure boating in that area in ten years.

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Y'all are both right, actually.

The lake is at almost the lowest it is ever allowed to be, and it probably doesn't get that low every year, so in the short term, there isn't a big concern the way I see it.

On the other hand, sediment deposition isn't going to stop in the general vicinity of the I-68 bridge. The pattern it drops out could follow one of two patterns...if it continues to drop on top of the existing "sandbars" it will cause the lake to get shallower and shallower until perhaps an island is formed. It could also simply cause the "sandbar" areas to increase in size, while holding depth relatively constant.

In reality, both will probably happen. The shallow areas will grow in size and will get more shallow. That said, I don't think it will be "unnavigable for pleasure boating in ten years". I've been in Morgantown for 17 years, and I don't see a significant difference in that sandbar size now compared to when I first arrived. Maybe in 20 or 30 years there may be issues at summer pool, but probably not before then.

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http://wvhistoryonview.org/?f%5Bgeographic_sim%5D%5B%5D=Cheat+River+%28W.+Va.+and+Pa.%29&page=3
There were always islands or high spots in these areas even prior to the flooding.
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Before the dam was built people live along the river, like my family. The picture taken up towards the canyon was once a thriving community. There was a ball park and a nail factory, ice plant they used sawdust to pack the ice. The cove under the Greer Manson once had a iron furnace. My roots run deep in this community.
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I didn’t mean to start an argument;-). I just thought the lake looked really cool and extraordinarily clear. You could easily see the bottom 10-15 feet down. The photos don’t really do it justice.

For some reason low water in early spring/late winter results in very clear water in the Cheat. Maybe lack of algae or plankton?
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There’s no argument. I’m just explaining why it look’s low when it’s been at these levels many times in the history since the dam’s creation. The first islands started to appear in the early 70s at winter low pools. I remember ice skating on the lake at the whippoorwill when I was a kid around 11 or 12. I was water skiing in the summers. The lake was void of bass and crappie. Mont château was a public swimming beach and a restaurant. The whippoorwill was a bar. The lake in that area is filling up with sediment because the mouth of the lake begins at the château. The canyon has been funneling out silt for 90 years.

The rock they call squirrel rock in the picture I dove off when I was a teenager. I also jumped off the old iron Bridge. My buddy John drove his truck Into the river and nearly drowned at the Cheat neck side of the iron Bridge. Another buddy of mine believe it or not rolled his car over on the iron Bridge. Those are my wilder days.

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Those were cool pictures in that link. Glad that was shared.
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