Ran lower 6 miles (Morris to Blackwell in Spring 2005 at 120 cfs (about 1.9 ft. on BlockHouse Creek gauge). A fun, easy class II run. About 6" to 1' higher might make it a very good run.-- Steve Guthrie
Paddled from Lick Run/Babb Creek to Rattlesnake Rock (Pine Creek) 01-12-12. Launching at the confluence of Lick Run the first 3 - 4 miles held one signature rapid and many undercut ledges. Strainers were as expected, portaging around 10 or more, lost count. The lower section, below Morris, widened out but still offered great waves with the addition of the Stony and Wilson Creek. Strainers turned into sweepers and the pace picked up, taking only half the time to cover the same distance as the upper. The mile freeze down on Pine to Rattlesnake Rock canoe access offered a view of 4 bald eagles. Entire trip top to bottom took around five hours with the local Blockhouse Creek gauge around 190cfs. Great wilderness run !
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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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