This photo of Cherry River, taken after the most recent flood threat. Taken from the Bridge at the old Watergate. The Watergate Inn is now the Richwood Inn.
South Fork branch of Cherry
Second photo taken same day of the South Fork branch of Cherry.
Rainfall and snow in the mountains can have a heavy influence on Cherry river levels.
In the third picture water bubbling off the side of the mountain right out from my house here in Richwood.
|Photographer: Debbie Bond|
When: Tuesday March 4, 2008
Where: Richwood West Virginia
Submitted by: Debbie Bond
The Cherry River is located in Nicholas ( includes the incorporated communities of Richwood and Fenwick) , Webster, Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties in West Virginia. The Cherry River includes a total of 43 stream miles with the North and South Fork coming together at the Town of Richwood. The Cherry River is a major tributary of the Gauley River entering the Gauley River just upstream of the Summersville Lake. A big portion of Cherry River, lies within the Monongahela National Forest.
The Cherry River watershed has experienced severe floods, including ones in 1954, mid-1960's, 1980's, July 2001, and most recently two events in November 2003. In the November 2003 flooding events over 370 residences, 25 businesses, three schools, a nursing home, the Richwood Area Community Hospital, and city water and sewer lines were destroyed or severely damaged.
Since the November 2003 flooding, the Town of Richwood has held several rallies in support of flood control for their community and Richwood has had a number of close calls since November 2003. A proposal to build a dam on South Fork is still being studied by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Trout fishing memories on the Cherry River, I fished around the Cherry River in 1993. Did you know The Cherry River begins as two streams, the North Fork Cherry River and the South Fork of Cherry River, each begin in Pocahontas County and flows west-northwestwardly across northern Greenbrier County before converging in Nicholas County at the City of Richwood. The water weren't but a little more than knee to hip deep and between 20 to 60 feet across in most areas, and we went ramp hunting up the hill side and I might add that it was extremely good ramp hunting too. Nothing like catching a few trout, stuffing them full of ramps and butter, wrapping them in foil (seal the top and side edges} and griddle them directly over hot coals or you can brush the fish with butter or make your own marinade. Cook about 4 inch from hot coals 5 minutes. Turn; brush with butter or marinade, cook 5 minutes longer. Fish is done when it flakes easily with fork. I'm not too sure if you would like the ramps but I think their nothing better for seasoned good trout and I like the off aromas that can add to the flavor. We left Richwood with some super fishing memories, and newly formed life-long friendships.
Anthony <anthony-II at roadrunner.net>
Kansas City, Missouri
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