Walnut Creek, Pennsylvania, US
|Usual Difficulty||I(III) (varies with level)|
|Avg. Gradient||20 fpm|
|Max Gradient||23 fpm|
|Walnut Creek Upstream Pool, near Erie, PA|
|usgs-04213152||250 - 2500 cfs||I||66h12m||236 cfs (too low)|
This 8 mile stretch has a few access points. The first stretch is the least desirable, containing the most likely spots for downed trees. The next access point is Veteran's Park on Love Rd. This is an excellent place to put in because it has a restroom for changing, a pavilion, tons of parking, and great access to the water. The next access area is not far downstream at the Grubb Rd bridge. Parking here is limited to one or two vehicles and access to the water is pretty good. The creek was run from here to Millfair on 2/24/16 and was found to have absolutely no creekwide strainers and only one tree 3/4 of the way across the creek, easily passable on the right. The creek from here is actually one of the most scenic stretches if you enjoy looking at beautiful homes such as A-frames and rustic houses mixed in with the forest. The next access point is the bridge on Old Sterrettania Rd. This is a couple of miles upstream of Millfair and is often used as a put-in for the Lower because it has a very nice surfing spot not far from the footbridge for the Asbury Woods Nature Trail. Scenic Buttermilk Falls enters in from the left on this section as well. If the tribs are running strong, you might huck it and run the 15 foot plunge into Walnut Creek. To my knowledge, it has not been run yet, but is very runnable.
If the strainers are clear on the Middle, you can safely run it up to 2,500 CFS and maybe higher, while the holes on the Lower begin to get lethal. This section poses no dangers like the tubes and portaging is a little easier around trees because the creek is in a broad valley and not in a gorge like the Upper and Lower.