Blacklick Creek, S. Branch - SR 271 in Nanty Glo to Vintondale

Blacklick Creek, S. Branch, Pennsylvania, US


SR 271 in Nanty Glo to Vintondale (S. Fork Blacklick)

Usual Difficulty II-III (for normal flows)
Length 7.1 Miles
Avg. Gradient 45 fpm
Max Gradient 105 fpm

S.B. Blacklick

S.B. Blacklick
Photo by Rand McFarland (KHCC) taken 01/18/10 @ 4.50 ft

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Blacklick Creek at Josephine, PA
usgs-03042000 1000 - 4500 cfs II-III 01h08m 283 cfs (too low)

River Description


When the Blacklick @ Josephine hits 2000cfs the South Branch is the place to go. The prime section is tight, techincal and very busy. The reach breaks down into three parts. Part 1: If you putin at SR 271 in Nanty Glo you will have two miles of easy swift water though a pretty rhododendron and hemlock valley for a pleasant warm up (once you leave the levees of Nanty Glo behined). Part 2: The  whitewater begins after the first bridge at Twin Rocks. There is a good putin here with parking. The next 2.5 miles average a 70 ft/mi drop. The crick is pool drop, but the pools are short. Part 3: After the Rosebud mine bridge the crick eases up and is swift water for the next 2.5 miles to the takeout at the confluence of the North & South branches. Take out is possible at this mine access bridge but problematic as there is constant coal truck traffic across it, and and litte parking. It could enable multiple runs at the rare times when the crick is up.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2014-05-28 21:37:41


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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June 24 2014 (1673 days ago)
Harry SteeleDetails
Paddled on 6/19 at +4500 cfs. What a ride! Pleasantly surprised with the continuous rapids. Even at
higher water the rapids on this creek would not wash out. Strainers always a concern but Rand gave
us heads up about the two major ones. Spread the word about this gem.
June 23 2014 (1674 days ago)
majiroska (154456)
6/20/14 paddle - Verify that the 2 river-wide strainers mentioned below are still there.
May 21 2014 (1707 days ago)
Randall McFarlandDetails
I ran S. B. Blacklick 16 April with Josephine @ 4160cfs and it was a rocket ride, one 2.5 mile
rapid that got a bit spicy every so often. This was Twin Rocks to Rose Bud, we continued and took
out at the confulence. There were two river wide strainers on the right side of islands one just
above Rose Bud and one just below. Both were visible from above and we were able to eddy without