Welcome! This is a new website we developed for our gang of guys that love to camp and whitewater canoeing. Every spring, we come out to this beautiful area of West Virginia, called the Smoke Hole Canyon to canoe the South Branch of the Potomac River. The canyon run is 15 miles with lots of Class II and a few Class IIIs. We call this the Manly Canoe Trip!
Anyway, this is where we can post commentaries in the blog below and upload photos.
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Glen's cell # is 304-358-3253
Click here for River gauge for Petersburg, WVA
The 2018 trip was April 9th weekend at Big Bend again. We had Charlie, Tony, Dave, John, Bill and a new friend, Bob! Great weather low 80s and no rain! Charlie, Tony and Dave did the upper section from low water bridge to BB, like 5 miles on Friday, seven miles on Saturday. The water was very low but doable. Charlie tried out his new kayak and tipped on this very tricky ledge. The next day, Tony and Dave tipped on same ledge! But Charlie walked his kayak around it!
As usual, there was great food, Friday night appetizer of hot Italian sausage, then blackened salmon cooked over fire on red cedar plank! Of course Saturday, we had Dave's famous steak on a stick and asparagus! Then Dan surprised us by showing up at 8 pm which was awesome!
Click here for video by John
Click here for video by Charlie of Dave tipping on the ledge
The 2017 trip was on April 28th weekend, Charlie could not canoe because his knee was still healing from a total knee replacement end of Oct last year. We camped at Big Bend and weather was good except a surprise thunderstorm on Sat morn at 4 am. Dave and Tony were only canoeists this year. Good times with Jahn Sapper and Bill Smith and great food!
Manly Trip 2017
Posted by: - 04/28/17 @ 2:21PM
We camped at Big Bend and weather was good except a surprise thunderstorm on Sat morn at 4 am.
Dave and Tony were only canoeists this year so they ran the section north of BB starting from the low water bridge down to the campground. Charlie could not canoe because his knee was still healing from a total knee replacement end of Oct last year.
Good times with John Sapper and Bill Smith and great food!
Manly Trip 2012
Posted by: - 04/03/12 @ 11:24AM
Hey Guys, what a great trip this year eh? kinda makes up for geezing n not going last year. We really lucked out with the weather and had 3 great days of canoeing, including a trip into the Smoke Hole Canyon! The regular primo site was taken by of a herd of drunken rafters but the next site was great also. So, take a look at the pics I uploaded in the photo gallery (link above).