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Difficulty V+
Length 1.9 Miles
Flow Range 1500 - 3000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 6 years ago 595 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 12/24/2005 4:37 am

River Description

Named Rapids include:
Gristmill Falls
Pillage & Plunder

These rapids are above the second footbridge allowing an easy retreat if you find yourself in over your head. There is a road that is access to rental cabins that you can use to walk back to the parking lot.

Shortly afterwards you will hit the main stem of Manns Creek and continue down to the New River just across from Cunard. Standard takeout these days is at Keeneys creek. Makes for a reasonable shuttle.

Rapid Descriptions

Grist Mill Falls

Class - IV Mile - 0
Some people put on below the falls because it can be tricky to run and eazy to get hurt. There is a very clear launch piont in the center of the falls. However what you don't see is the water pushes hard away from the launch pad and toward the left. This is where you don't want to be. There is sort of a V notch/crack in the lip of the drop that wants to flip you then spit you over the lip of the falls. The landing is not very deep.


Class - III Mile - 0.1
After Grist Mill Falls there is a large pool that is formed by and old spillway. Eazy 10 ft boof. From here the creek goes down hill and fast!


Class - 5.0 Mile - 0.6
After some fast water you will come to a fast moving, small pool. Take out on the left to scout. This is a three part drop. The first is a 4 ft boof over a large hole into very airated water. Dig in hard to avoid a huge backender. after you pull away from the hole you will see a large curler going around a rock. Brace into it and ride that around. Next will be a horizon line. Boof left off of the 5 ft drop to catch the eddy at the bottom or straight and continue down hill.

Pillage and Plunder

Class - 5.0 Mile - 1.2
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Class - 5.0 Mile - 1.5
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16 years ago

Just wanted to give an update on Manns Creek, West Virginia for the AW page:


About two months ago 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

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17 years ago

From Nov. 2002

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

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17 years ago

A huge group ran Mann's the saturday of Gauley fest at +2 inches. Sept 20 2003. Probably the biggest crowd Manns has ever seen.

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17 years ago

From Boater Talk:
Date: Dec 15 2002, 01:18
From: jblakeney

Updates for those running Manns:
Level today (Dec14th) was +3.5 inches, a great level, comparable to around zero before the gauge changed. Now zero is a more like a true zero, with -1 being about minimum.

Lunatic Fringe has several trees down across the whole creek just below the drop. You can see them from river left set up eddy, but be careful if you run it. We've been running it but it is possible to be pushed into the trees if you screw up.

You Ain't Gonna Like This has changed. We've been portaging it a lot, only running it when it's higher due to a big sieve opening up (which someone pinned in very badly earlier this year). Scout/walk river left.

A few other trees, but nothing too bad. You can read trip reports of the past three days on the creek at
WWW.PROKAYAKER.TV, go to calendar.

Have fun!

Jimmy Blakeney

Gage Descriptions

If the Meadow is running over 1500 cfs then Glade into 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

We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

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