Difficulty I-II at this flow (I normally)
Length 2.1 Miles
Gauge Spring Creek at Milesburg, PA
Flow Range 3.50 - 6.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 51 minutes ago 4.36 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 07/25/2019 12:00 am

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.


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Directions Description

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Army Corps Study Threatens Lehigh River Boating

Bob Nasdor

Paddlers on the Lehigh River below the Francis E. Walter Dam and Reservoir are concerned that a planned study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its partners, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection will lead to a reduction in whitewater boating opportunities on the Lehigh. The study will evaluate the feasibility of various alternatives to optimize project operation. Aside from the project's authorized primary missions of flood risk management and recreation, the study will also consider water supply and water quality, to identify possible improvements to the existing structure, infrastructure, and operations that will support current and future demands within the region. The Army Corps is holding a public meeting on January 9, 2020 at the Mountain Laurel Resort in White Haven, PA from 6-8 p.m. to explain the study and hear public comments. American Whitewater, Appalachian Mountain Club, and other organizations are expected to file comments with the Army Corps prior to the September 29th deadline in order to share our concerns about the study and potential impacts on boating, the outdoor recreation economy, and the Delaware RIver Basin. We encourage our members to attend the public meeting to voice their concerns.

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Pennsylvania Dam Removal Conference to be Held January 31st.

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


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1206921 10/18/16 Aaron Fleishman added mcwave to rapids
1206922 10/19/16 Aaron Fleishman updated difficulty
1213401 07/25/19 Aaron Fleishman updated image position
1206917 10/18/16 Aaron Fleishman Initial stream entry
1206920 10/18/16 Aaron Fleishman initial stream entry
1206939 10/24/16 Aaron Fleishman updated rapids