River Mile 149 – Manhattan Access Ramp

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Manhattan K-177 Bridge Access
Manhattan, KS

River Mile: 150.7

GPS:  N39.17450  W96.55358
River Right

Take I-70 to the Manhattan exit #313 and head north on K-177 approximately 8 miles. Just before you cross the Kaw River bridge turn left on McDowell Creek Road. Take McDowell Creek Road 100 yards and turn right onto a packed gravel road that takes you under the K-177 bridge and down to the Kaw.

Access Info:
The gravel parking area is out of view from the highway. This well developed, lighted area offers parking for 5-8 cars, some in the shade of the bridge. Concrete ramp is 20 ft wide and extends 30 feet out into the river.

Float Info:
The next access is Linear Park Access 1.8 mile downstream and is about .4 miles up the Blue River on river left. The St. George Access is at river mile 137, 12 miles down stream on river left. This is a nice beginner’s paddle with city services nearby at both ends, though at 12 miles it is one of the longer day-trips.

The first access upstream is Ogden at river mile 163.4. As you approach the Manhattan ramp from the west, there is often a sandbar at the toe of the ramp which you must skirt.

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