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Difficulty V+
Length 3.6 Miles
Flow Range 1500 - 3000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 6 years ago 595 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 12/30/2005 3:49 pm

River Description

Standard put-in is at Babcock State Park on Glade Creek.

From the 2nd Footbridge down, named rapids include:
On Ramp
Off Ramp
Squeeze Box
Lunatic Fringe
(Real Mann's Confluence)
Ten Foot Pole
Mann Eater
Hammer Time
Double Play
Bouncing Betty
Pick a Slot
You Ain't Gonna Like This One
Liquid Drano

Gradient, mile by mile, in ft/mi. (from Topozone map): 180, 240, 240, 60/.6

From Jimmy Blakeney:
Just wanted to give an update on Manns Creek, West Virginia for the AW page:
If you run the creek now and have run it previously, you'll notice LOTS more little rocks in bad places. Not that there aren't clean lines, just that they are different now and with smaller margin for error.
ON RAMP is now portaged at lower levels due to the water changing course and making the normal line not so fun (usually a piton to flip into a pourover), but at higher levels (over 3 inches) you can run the nice boof on the right.
YOU'RE NOT GONNA LIKE THIS ONE changed a while back and now has a worse sieve, but is still run by some.
DRANO is the most dramatically changed rapid and even many of the locals portage on the right. It's still totally runnable, just worse consequences if you mess up. There's some new wood, but nothing unavoidable. The creek still kicks ass and is still one of my favorite local runs.
Brad Roberts noted on 2002-12-14:
According to Jimmy Blakeney on, there is now a short takeout at Keeneys Creek. Keeps the shuttle a bit shorter than driving around to Cunard. There is a road at river level on river right.


Rapid Descriptions


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Robert Farmer
10 years ago

Unguided first-timers should allow at least 10 hours for the run. The first descent took ten hours. Maybe super-hot boaters can do it faster, but if you don't know the rapids, prepare for a very long day down to the New River.

Gage Descriptions

Gauge info is the same as for Glade into Manns: If the Meadow is running over 1500 cfs, then Manns is probably running. There is a gauge at the putin on the left bank above the bridge above the Grist Mill. It is painted by a concrete structure about 50 yards upstream of the bridge.

About January 2004 heavy rains made some significant riverbed changes to Manns Creek. First off, the gauge is different (actually that changed a while back when the park people modified the gauge area). Zero is now more of a true "zero," with 6 inches getting pushy and 12 inches being really high.

Some of the locals run it at ungodly high water!

Directions Description

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Cheat Canyon Settlement Reached; Land Set Aside for Endangered Species

Charles Walbridge

After two years of intense negotiations an agreement reached to protect endangered species in the Cheat River Canyon. Allegheny Wood Products acquired roughly 5,000 acres in the Cheat Canyon below Albright, WV in 2003 for $9.75 million. When they began building roads and cutting trees the following year the government took no steps to enforce the Endangered Species Act. A lawsuit was filed in 2005 by Friends of Blackwater Canyon, the WV Chapter of the Sierra Club, and the Cheat Lake Environmental and Recreational Association. Although American Whitewater was not a party to the litigation we are gratified that an agreement was reached and commend both parties for their efforts.

Bryan Tudor


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