Stonycreek River, Pennsylvania, US
|Usual Difficulty||III-IV (for normal flows)|
|Stonycreek River at Ferndale, PA|
|usgs-03040000||3.40 - 6.75 ft||III-IV||01h12m||2.73 ft (too low)|
This section has great play all over it. It primarily consists of ledges coming at you from all directions, though there are a few boulders thrown in as well.
Hazards: there are two man-made structures. The first is Border Dam, which has spikes that can put a serious hurt on your boat. Below 7' Ferndale, it's wise to walk this one on River Left. The second structure is Pipeline, just downstream of the dam. It's runnable via a tongue on river left; the hole in the center is punchable at most levels, as well.
Most of the good play occurs upstream of Border Dam, though there are play waves below.
Directions: The normal putin is on Rte. 601 in Foustwell; an alternate putin is a mile and a half upstream on Rte. 403 in Holsopple. The takeout is in Carpenters Park, on river left. From Hollsopple, take State Rte. 601 to Foustwell. Make a left before the bridge that goes over the Stony onto SR 4039. Follow this road for about 2 miles and under Rt. 219 (4-lane road). Just past Rte. 219 make a right onto Kaufman Church Road (there's a church on the corner). Follow for about a mile and a half and turn right at the stop sign onto SR 4022 (Carpenters Park Road). Follow over Rte. 219 (4-lane road) and down to the Stony takeout (Carpenters Park).
For other streams in this watershed, check out:
Conemaugh River (I-II)
Clear Shade Creek (III)
Quemahoning Creek (III)
Shade Creek (III-IV)
Stony Gorge (IV)
Roaring Fork (IV)
Dark Shade Creek (IV-V)
Paint Creek (V)
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.3||Test Tube Hole||III+|
|1.0||Three Ugly Sisters|
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