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Difficulty I
Length 2.1 Miles
Gauge Spring Creek at Milesburg, PA
Flow Range 3.50 - 6.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 25 minutes ago 5.09 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 10/24/2016 8:28 pm

River Description

For a year-round paddling experience close to State College, you cannot beat Spring Creek.  The first thing to note is that the stream is spring fed, which means the level is almost always good for paddling, even when the area experiences a drought. The run from Tussey Mountain Outfitters (TMO) to Bald Eagle Creek in Milesburg is a 2-mile paddle, therefore the shuttle is a quick 10 minutes along Rt. 144; very convenient for an evening paddles after work. Next, at the beginning of this run is Sunnyside Paddle Park, an official Olympic Slalom Training site where whitewater slalom gates are hung throughout the year. There are numerous rock weirs for training and eddy hopping. Additionally, there are some good surf/play spots along that stretch of creek:
  1. at the bottom section of the Sunnyside Paddle Park
  2. McWave/McHole, just upstream from McCoy’s Access
  3. at the top of the last stretch of rapids into Milesburg, about 100 yards below the Community Park bridge

Rapid Descriptions

Sunnyside Paddling Park

Class - I Mile - 0
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Sunnyside Paddling Park, featuring several eddy features, slalom gates, and a small hole feature is at the start of this stretch.


Class - I Mile - 1.2
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Small surf wave/hole, with good eddies on both sides. Not super deep, but good for some side-surfing. Can park and play this one by using the McCoy Access. This access is PFBC-controlled.


Summary of Gauge Readings

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Spring Creek at Milesburg, PA
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5.09 ft 00h25m

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Ohiopyle State Park Updates River Regulations

2018-03-30 14:00:00-04
Charlie Walbridge

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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Pennsylvania Dam Removal Conference to be Held January 31st.

2004-01-09 00:00:00-05
Kevin Colburn

There will be a one day conference on January 31st in eastern Pennsylvania that will address dam removal and rehabilitation in the state and region. It is likely that this very affordable conference would be helpful to paddlers interested in working on dam removal projects in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. Registration for the conference is due by January 23rd.

Aaron Fleishman