Shavers Fork Coalition





The Shavers Fork of the Cheat River is a large tributary of one of the longest remaining free-flowing rivers in the eastern United States. An incredible diversity of plant and animal life exists in the watershed due to its geology, mountainous topography, and geographical location. Over the course of its 84 miles, the river rages through Class V rapids, descends through dramatic canyons, meanders by historic communities and ghost towns, and provides some of the finest fishing in the state of West Virginia. The watershed is densely forested with over 65% in public domain as the Monongahela National Forest and is home to the globally unique Mixed-Mesophytic forest. The Shavers Fork of the Cheat River has been found to contain characteristics for possible inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic River System and continues to be home to many proud mountaineers.

The Shavers Fork Coalition, organized as a non-profit watershed organization in 1997,is a  watershed organization dedicated to the "ecological health, natural appeal, and cultural heritage of the watershed. Incorporating the interests of a diverse stakeholder base the organization works to promote the appreciation, enjoyment, understanding and sustainable management of this unique mountain resource."  We think that the dedication of our inclusive membership will make the Shavers Fork a place of special recognition in the Mountain State.

The Shavers Fork Coalition has provided  workshops and trainings for local residents, sponsored cleanups and on-site watershed improvements, and strives to act as an informative source of watershed issues. By expanding the traditional base of support for river issues we are  seeing the benefits from the diverse members of our community.

The Shavers Fork Coalition relies on concern and support from interested individuals throughout the region. For more information on the Coalition or how you can contribute to its efforts call 304-636 4736 or write to:

Shavers Fork Coalition, PO Box 2777, Elkins, WV 26241 - or email:

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Lower Shavers Fork in Spate
Lower Shavers Fork in Spate

photo by by Zach Henderson


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Below Bemis

Below Bemis

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Shavers Fork Coalition
P.O. Box 2777
Elkins, WV 26241
(304)-636 4736
FAX: (304)-636 4736


Updated 1/22/15