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Difficulty I-II
Length 8.3 Miles
Gauge Moshannon Creek (Red Mo) at RT53 Bridge
Flow Range 350 - 2500 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 20 minutes ago ~ 366.547 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 10/27/2016 10:29 pm

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'.

Rapid Descriptions

Right Hand Turn

Class - II Mile - 0.8
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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
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Small wave train as you come upon the confluence with the West Branch.

Confluence with West Branch

Class - N/A Mile - 5
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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


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