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Difficulty I
Length 6 Miles
Gauge Two Lick Creek at Graceton, PA
Flow Range N/A CFS
Flow Rate as of: 20 minutes ago 788 [CFS] ℹ️
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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Ohiopyle State Park Updates River Regulations

2018-03-30 14:00:00-04
Charlie Walbridge

This past fall American Whitewater met with Ohiopyle State Park managers to discuss possible updates to their whitewater paddling regulations. The first topic was to change the rules governing raft sizes at different water levels to recognize the capabilities of self-bailing rafts. Shorter self-bailing boats will now be allowed to run the river at high water. Some small changes to the regulations will make Ohiopyle Falls more accessible to paddlers. A change in the way the gauge is interpreted should make the falls "legal" on more days. Although whitewater paddlers are only one part of the vast public that visits the park, every effort was made to accommodate them while avoiding user conflicts and safety hazards. Special thanks goes to Ken Bisbee, Ohiopyle State Park Operations Manager and John Hallas, a former Ohiopyle State Park Operations Manager who is now Director of State Parks. Click here to read the updated Ohiopyle River Regulations:

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Pennsylvania Dam Removal Conference to be Held January 31st.

2004-01-09 00:00:00-05
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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