Your recipe for soaking up fun includes just one ingredient … water!  And Greater Preston has more than its share of H2 Ohhh!

Beautifully transparent mountain streams and long, lazy rivers are perfect for canoeing, whitewater rafting, fishing, and kayaking. The Cheat River and Big Sandy Creek have become prime locations for whitewater rafting and kayaking enthusiasts, producing rapids ranging from class III to class V. For beginners wanting to experience a similar thrill, Little Sandy is more your game.
Avid Fishermen will want to check out the Cabela’s King Kat Fishing Tournament & Kid’s Fishing Rodeo (June) and the WV Bass Tournament (July).  Anglers love the backwaters of Little Sandy Creek and Cheat Lake!
Jet ski or relax on your motorboat for miles and miles along the Cheat River. Don’t forget to bring the tubes and skis!
Go ahead, dive into the mystery, magic and exhilaration of Preston County’s beautiful waterways!


Chestnut Ridge Park
Over 16,000 acres of recreational woodlands. Fishing, swimming, and paddle boating are all perfect summer time activities for the family. Rt.1 Box 267, Bruceton Mills, WV 26527.
304-594-1773 | Website

Little Sandy
Little Sandy Creek is located on the Cheat River. This spot is a fisherman’s dream, whether you enjoy fly fishing, spinning, or baitcasting. Your leaf worms will hook the rockie, the catfish will be biting your crickets, and the rainbow will be grabbing your leeches. Find this location at 39.70591 latitude, and -79.62755 longitude into your GPS device.

Boat Rental

Padlz Canoe and Kayak Rentals
Located next to the scenic Bruceton Dam. Rentals are for two hours and include life preservers and a short demonstration on the serene Bruceton Mills Lake.
304-777-3665| Website

White Water Rafting and Boating

Cheat River and Big Sandy Creek, Albright
Over 30 rapids encompass the Cheat Canyon, making it a premier Spring run with rapids Class III or better. Large boulders provide spectacular views for those on the Cheat River. Whitewater enthusiasts come from every region of the country to kayak, raft, and canoe these waters. The Cheat River Watershed is the largest free flowing watershed in the Eastern United States. The Cheat River Watershed is the largest free flowing watershed in the Eastern United States, and flows into the Mississippi River Watershed.


Cheat River Outfitters
Discover the best whitewater rafting in the region on the Cheat River! Our wild caving, rock climbing, and paint ball courses are also very popular! Class V whitewater rafting on the spectacular Cheat Canyon and Big Sandy. Wild to mild. Kids and group rates. March through November. 12 miles South of I-68. Rt. 26 Albright, WV 26519. 
1-888-99-RIVER | Website