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.
Just wanted to give an update on Manns Creek, West Virginia for the AW page:
MANNS CREEK HAS CHANGED (4/8/04)
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
From Nov. 2002
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.
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.
From Boater Talk:
Date: Dec 15 2002, 01:18
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.
12 years ago
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 ÂzeroÂ, with 6 inches getting pushy and 12 inches being really high.
Some of the locals run it at ungodly high water!
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Gladiator from downstream
Point of No Return - Pete Iscaro
Goliath 10' Boof From Upstream - Pete Iscaro
Goliath 10' Boof - Pete Iscaro
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Final Boof Pilage & Plunder - Pete Iscaro
Entering Lunatic Fringe - Peyton Love
Gristmill Freefall - Peyton Love
Crack Entrance Boof - Peyton Love
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