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Difficulty V+
Length 1.7 Miles
Gauge N/A
Flow Range
Reach Info Last Updated 10/01/2003 12:56 am

River Description

Rapid names include:
What a Way
Man o Man
Around the Bend
Tunnel of Love
Long and Twisted
Normally a Portage
Final Frontier
Pop Top

From there you will hit the confluence with Glade, and have a screaming high-water paddle out on Manns.

Brad Roberts shared on 2002-11-11:
From Boatertalk:
For those who run Mann's Creek, the river-left gauge has changed. They put a bunch of concrete in around the gauge rock, but the gauge still works. We ran it the other day at +8 inches, which seemed to us to be more like +3 inches on the "old" gauge. Some other people ran it around 0 and said that seemed more like -4. I'd say the gauge actually has changed for the better, with 0 being more of an accurate "low" level, and 8 inches (the top mark on the gauge) being more of a realistic top end. Most first-timers run it around -3 or 4, so now I'd say -1 or 0 would be good low levels.
Jimmy Blakeney

Rapid Descriptions


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Bryan Kirk
9 years ago

The Boatertalk quote, along with Robert's comment, are referring to Glade Creek to the confluence of Manns, then down to the new on Manns Creek. This AWA page pertains to Manns creek above the confluence, AKA Real Manns Creek, which is much less commonly paddled.

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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.

No Gage

Gage Descriptions

At the put in bridge.
Minus 2 is low.
Plus 2 is floodstage.

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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.

Mike Vanderberg


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