Difficulty I-III
Length 6.6 Miles
Gauge Lehigh R bl Francis E Walter Res nr White Haven PA
Flow Range 4.40 - 8.40 FT
Flow Rate as of: 17 minutes ago 4.64 [FT] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 09/27/2019 2:23 pm

River Description

For more information, see Keystone Canoeing by Gertler, E.

Rapid Descriptions


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Gary Gentile
3 years ago

A detailed description of this stream can be found in the "Lehigh River Paddling Guide," which can be purchased online at http://www.ggentile.com/nonfiction_books.html. Scroll down to the appropriate title.

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11 years ago

The way to gauge this is more closely related to the Stoddartsville gauge, it should be over about 400 cfs for Bear Creek to be running.

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11 years ago

Put in is under the 115 bridge. Mostly a class III run with the falls at the Bear Creek Road a IV at higher levels. 2 floods over the past few years have washed most of the fallen trees away so the route is more open.

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Army Corps Study Threatens Lehigh River Boating

Bob Nasdor

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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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.

Alex Barham


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1209889 06/20/18 Alex Barham Location
1198307 10/05/10 Thomas O'Keefe photo added
1213756 09/27/19 Alex Barham updated image position
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