This run takes a large rain to pop up and doesn't last long, but it is easy to get to for an after work paddle. Bring shoulder pads and a full face if you plan to run the main event, it is a sharp shale shelf.
Put in at either of the river parks upstream of Delaware Ave/443. Take out at the Rt.32 bridge in the parking lot on river right.
Water quality is decent, but expect to see a lot of debris from the Irene flood towards the bottom. There is at least one F150 in the stream.
Read and run shale slide. No major holes until very high water.
Either a slide on river right, or a jumbly drop on river left. Be wary of the "decapitator" rock on the extreme right end of the drop as it could cause injury or a pin. Scout and portage on river left.
The run-out to the main drop at The Meat is a fast-paced set of holes and waves that feed into a retentive hole which can body-surf a swimmer even at medium flows. Boof or get ground along the shale bottom.
There is no gauge, but an extended hard rain will bring this up. The bottom of the creek is affected by the Hudson tides, so if it were at or above the high tide mark at low tide that would be a very good sign.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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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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