Red Moshannon Creek - 2 - Rt. 53 Bridge to Karthaus (West Branch)

Red Moshannon Creek, Pennsylvania, US


2 - Rt. 53 Bridge to Karthaus (West Branch) (Lower Red Mo)

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 8.3 Miles
Avg. Gradient 18 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Moshannon Creek (Red Mo) at RT53 Bridge
virtual-57690 350 - 2500 cfs I-II 00h29m ~ 458.184 cfs (running)
This is a VIRTUAL gauge based on Don Frew's estimation. Equates to about 1.0' to 3.5' at the RT53 bridge.

River Description

Located below the race section of the Red Mo (Peale Bridge to Rt. 53 Bridge) is what is known locally as the Lower Red Mo. While most of the Class II rapids are found along the upper stretch, the scenery is hard to top on this stretch. The river begins to enter a remote canyon, lined with tall green hemlocks and pines. The entire length is polluted by Abandoned Mine Drainage (AMD), which has stained the streambed and given the waterway its "Red" nickname. Due to this drainage, the stream cannot sustain a fish population.

After about 5 miles, the Red Mo creek joins up with the big, wide West Branch of the Susquehanna River. From here, continue down about 3 miles on the West Branch on a very long, flat, straight section. The takeout is on river-right, just before the bridge in Karthaus.

For this section to be runnable, you generally want the painted gauge on the Rt. 53 bridge abutment to show at least 0.75'.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2016-10-27 22:29:41


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.8Right Hand TurnII
4.8Rooster TailII
5.0Confluence with West BranchN/A

Rapid Descriptions

Right Hand Turn (Class II, Mile 0.8)

Right hand turn with a big rock on left side that is slightly undercut. Makes for some fun waves/wave trains.

Rooster Tail (Class II, Mile 4.8)

Small wave train as you come upon the confluence with the West Branch.

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