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Difficulty II(III)
Length 7.7 Miles
Gauge Muddy Creek at Castle Fin, PA
Flow Range 300 - 1800 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 25 minutes ago 213 [CFS] 👍 ℹ️ ⚠️
Reach Info Last Updated 01/26/2020 7:36 pm

River Description

This is the beautiful lesser known and run section of the Muddy but is still a quality run and maybe more suitable for beginners.  The creek is overall continuous class I with a class II-II+ section in the middle.  A blown out dam approaches class III, there is a shoot in the middle that can be run; scout. Be wary of protective landowner in this area and down venture too far off the creek rocks and don't hang out for long. A few more class II-II+ rapids after the dam and then the action dies down where the old Ma & PA line crosses the river.  Note the train wreck debris on river left. The river meanders a few more miles until you go under Rt 74. A road comes close to the creek by an abandoned road bridge. This is private property, if you take out here, do so with permission.  Otherwise, continue to Paper Mill Road a mile and a half downstream or run the lower Muddy.
Once you put on, you hit pretty continous class I-II ledges.  Orson Run comes in from the left beneath an old trestle.  From here, the creek is more class II with large boulders. There are 3 class II+ rapids but they are read and run.  When you see the water level out and homes on the right, watch for the 4' low head dam. Scout on the right side using the boulders next to the creek.  It is blown out in the middle and creates a runnable shoot.  After the dam, there are 2 more class II-II+ rapids and then the river levels out to class I for the remainder.
The dam is the biggest hazard but it is runnable. It can be walked on the right side.
But people should know, that the landowner there will come down if you hang out or go too far off the creek, so I recommend staying as close to the creek as possible and not to hang out
I think 600-800 is probably the optimum level. I would guess above 1200, it turns into a pretty big continuous wave train.


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Robert Danner
1 year ago

video of this stretch! Very fun in its own right!

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Directions Description

Directions - Put in - In Airville, PA turn off of Rt 74 onto 425 south and continue until you reach the bridge over Muddy. Small amount of parking on Owad Road. Take out - Paper Mill Road at Muddy Crossing - turn off of Rt 74.

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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.

Tony Allred Jr


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