This is a really beautiful and challenging reach close to Erie. Like many other Erie tribs, this creek is in an isolated shale gorge with cliffs usually on one side or the other and bald eagles. If the ledge at the putin looks a little boney, but doable then you should be fine. If it doesn't look boney then you are in for a fast exhilerating run! Warm-up rapids start right at the putin with fun Class II's for the first couple of miles. After this the run picks up with some more serious ledges and then a wide falls. The falls is about 5 feet high and drops into a common pool with the Gage Gulf (Belson Creek.) Both creeks almost parallel each other just before they both drop into the pool with waterfalls separated by a very thin shale wall. Immediatly downstream the creek becomes extremely narrow and surrounded by cliffs on both sides. Once leaving the pool there is no turning back and you are committed to running this Class V box canyon called The Flume of Doom!
Western New York Area Reaches
Beaver Meadow Creek Canadaway Creek (1.) Canadaway Creek (2.)
Canaseraga Creek Cattaraugus Creek Cattaraugus Creek, S. Branch
Cazenovia Creek, W. Branch (1.) Cazenovia Creek, W. Branch (2.) Chautauqua Creek
Clear Creek, N. Br. Conesus Creek Eighteenmile Creek
Eighteenmile Creek, S. Br. Ellicott Creek Genesee (Letchworth)
Honeoye Creek Keshequa Creek Little Chautauqua Creek
Murder Creek Niagara Oak Orchard Creek
Oatka Creek Rushford Lake Outlet Sugar Creek
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Put in on the north bank of the creek on the downstream side of the Route 9 bridge.
Take out in Lake Erie or Route 5 at the Fish and Boat Commission parking area. If you want to surf waves on the lake it is only 100 or 200 yards from the parking lot.
This is a brand new gauge located on Walnut Creek, PA and is about 25 miles southwest of Twentymile Creek. It should be accurate most of the time except for localized thunderstorm activity. Generally, the headwaters of Twentymile get a little more rainfall and snowfall than Walnut. This is especially true during lake effect events. Many of the subtitles in the pictures use the levels from the Brandy Run gauge that used to be the linked to this reach.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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Scouting 1st day of spring
Scouting the thaw
Flume of Doom in a playboat!
Flume of Doom tossing another one
Flume of Doom from the Top
Iron Bridge Falls
Enjoying a breather
A smaller hole in The Flume
The big one from above
Crux hole of The Flume of Doom
Heading into The Flume!
Junction at close-up
Big falls on sidestream
Beautiful sidestream falls
Small ledge near the put in
Twentymile Put In
Two Beautiful Streams
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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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