Description: This run begins off of Strawberry Road in Portage, towards Lilly. I have it marked to begin after a culvert and parking lot via the left. Needs scouted above but drops 300 more feet from put in to headwaters.
Benscreek is a freshwater fishable creek that typically does not flow. However when you get some major rain and snowmelt, this creek turns into a Class IV possibly V micro.
It appears to get pretty techncial immediately after put in and continues that nature all the way down. This creek is in ATV country, so there are some man-made bridge hazards to be aware of but none that should be too much of an issue..
When to paddle:The Little Conemaugh river's season ranges from March - June. It is runnable however all year long after rainfall, but does not hold water as well as the Stonycreek. This stream will run on a high day after intense rainfall and snow melt. I believe we took on 2 inches of rain and it ran after some (3 inches) of snow melt. When the Little Conemaugh gauge is above 3k, I would imagine this is probably running, but due to the way gauges work on the Little Conemaugh, the trout run gauge isn't one that updates itself but does have an active gauge on it.
Release timing: There are no releases on this reach, however there is a resevoir's upstream.
Hazards: There probably are strainers but I am working to remove them. Also there are bridges spanning this creek that need portaged.
Directions: You can put in off of Strawberry Road, or up a bit. Watch out for private property signs. Don't put in on private grounds.
Shuttle:Shuttle can be run a few ways with different takeouts
A: Park at Kicks garage off of route 53 inbetween Portage and Lilly and take out here.
B: Take out off of Jamestown road past the Rod and Gun Club before Noel's creek comes in.C: Continue all the way down
Strawberry Culvert put-in: 40.394555, -78.617414
Kicks Garage takeout: 40.402080, -78.639675
Put In: 2051.3
Take Out: 1724.3
Length: 1.5 miles
Total Drop: 327ft
Mile 1: 2051.3 - 1806.4 = 244.9ft
Mile 2: 1806.4 - 1724.3 = 82ft
Low water run: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYq9lb39Pgw&
For other streams in this watershed, check out:
Stony Canyon (III-IV)Stony Gorge (IV)Roaring Fork (IV)Shade Creek (III-IV)Paint Creek (V)Dark Shade Creek (IV-V)Clear Shade Creek (III)Quemahoning Creek (III)Little Conemaugh River - North (II-III)Little Conemaugh River - South (II-III)Trout Run (IV)
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Permits are not required for this reach.
From Portage, turn onto Dulancy Drive towards Stagers Store and stay on that past the coal mines into Benscreek. Eventually you will pass the mission and there will be a road to the right called Strawberry Lane. Take that up to the culvert.
You can park near Kick's off of Route 53 for take out.
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