From "Keystone Canoeing" by Ed Gertler:
Below Martic Forge, the Pequea bends to the right, and the walls of a rock-ribbed, hemlock-lined gorge envelope the stream. At its heart roars an exciting, twisting flume wrought by two narrow, three-foot drops, squeezed very closely together. A bunch of riffles and easy rapid round out this tiny whitewater delight.
Suzy's hole is the only signifcant rapid at most flows. It's a 2-part ledge drop that provides some good creeking practice. It's about half-way from the put-in to take-out, with a warning sign notifying of the rapid ahead.
Permits are not required for this reach.
Site of the old Martic Forge Hotel
Suzy's Hole ~550 cfs
Suzy's Hole - First Drop - Normal Flows
Suzy's Hole - Second Drop - Normal Flows
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This past fall American Whitewater met with Ohiopyle State Park managers to discuss possible updates to their whitewater paddling regulations. The first topic was to change the rules governing raft sizes at different water levels to recognize the capabilities of self-bailing rafts. Shorter self-bailing boats will now be allowed to run the river at high water. Some small changes to the regulations will make Ohiopyle Falls more accessible to paddlers. A change in the way the gauge is interpreted should make the falls "legal" on more days. Although whitewater paddlers are only one part of the vast public that visits the park, every effort was made to accommodate them while avoiding user conflicts and safety hazards. Special thanks goes to Ken Bisbee, Ohiopyle State Park Operations Manager and John Hallas, a former Ohiopyle State Park Operations Manager who is now Director of State Parks. Click here to read the updated Ohiopyle River Regulations:
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