Red Moshannon Creek, Pennsylvania, US
|Usual Difficulty||I-II (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||18 fpm|
|Moshannon Creek (Red Mo) at RT53 Bridge|
|virtual-57690||350 - 2500 cfs||I-II||00h33m||~ 1311.66 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.|
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'.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.8||Right Hand Turn||II|
|5.0||Confluence with West Branch||N/A|