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Difficulty I
Length 6 Miles
Gauge Two Lick Creek at Graceton, PA
Flow Range 250 - 1500 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 3 hours ago 634 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 06/09/2018 4:48 pm

River Description


Overview:  This is a largely quiet creek excellent for kayaking with approximately 4 places with Class I riffles and one class II hydraulic (after Rt 119 bridge, can be avoided).  The first half of this creek is mostly through wooded areas; the second half has some highway noise.  The end of the trip has you float through homer city. 
 
Put in:
 
Waterworks Park, Indiana PA, 15701 (small park off of Waterworks Road, Indiana PA).  Once you park, the carry in is about 50 feet right in front of the parking lot past the pavilion. 
Take out (6 miles later):
Homer City PA, there is a small park where some community garden plots are and a small parking lot.  This park is 1/4 mile south east of Ideal market on Water street.  There is a trail to the river.  
There is no shuttle service available. 
Gauge:  Use USGS water gauge for Graceton, PA. 
Two Lick Creek is enjoyable at water gauge 3.0 and higher, although there are some shallow spots. 
After crossing the Old Route 119 Highway south bridge (approximately mile 5 of the 6 mile trip), there is one class II hydraulic hole in the center of the river.  Easy to run straight through; no obstructions or stones surrounding it.  This hydraulic is present if the water level is 3.2 or higher, typically.  
Around mile 4 of the trip, as you are along Route 119, the river splits.  The left hand way is blocked entirely by a fallen tree, but you can portage around with a 30 foot carry.  The right hand side has a fallen tree on half of the river; if you keep left you can avoid this hazard.   Given this obstruction, I would not recommend paddling this river over 4.0 feet unless you have scouted it in advance.
Note: There is a low-head water dam hazard at the Homer City power plant (mile 7 of this river trail).  Trail is kayakable beyond the take out point listed above, but you need to portage around the dam.

 

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Class 2 hole

Class - II Mile - 5
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After crossing the Old Route 119 Highway south bridge (approximately mile 5 of the 6 mile trip), there is one class II hydraulic hole in the center of the river.  Easy to run straight through; no obstructions or stones surrounding it.  This hydraulic is present if the water level is 3.2 or higher, typically. 

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Army Corps Study Threatens Lehigh River Boating

1/3/2020
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.

1/9/2004
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.
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