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Difficulty II-III
Length 3.2 Miles
Gauge Wills Creek below Hyndman, PA
Flow Range 700 - 5000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 57 minutes ago 149 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 09/30/2003 3:45 am

River Description

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

Kevin Williams 2003-04-07 12:41:20
Wonderful little creek that runs into Wills above Railroad Cut Falls. Starts out with perhaps the most picturesque drop I�ve run- a class IV 10�, two step fall under a covered bridge! A few distinct class III drops and consistent class II boogie water in-between. Gorgeous scenery and pretty much natural surroundings. I don�t have a good gauge reading to go from but if you put-in (above or below the covered bridge) the class II busy water right below should be easily runnable or else you�ll end up with a shallow run. Wills was around 5.5 the last time I ran Brush. The two times I�ve run this creek I�ve combined it with a run down Wills although you could take-out above Railroad Cut Falls. Careful not to drift into the falls (class V), eddies run out before you think they do. Look for an S turn (left) in the creek with reddish rocks on the right and a rocky beach on the left. Scout from the railroad- portage left and walk down until you have a good embankment. Apparently this one is full of rebar and nasty sharp things. I�ve run it at 5.5 down the right and across the nasty hole on the third ledge and seen it run all the way down the left with varying degrees of success.

Rapid Descriptions


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Chris Preperato
5 years ago

As of June 2014, there were 3 strainers we portaged, and one that was dicey. River was running bankfull (Wills was at 2500ish and dropping), so two of the strainers could probably be ducked at lower flows. They were all obvious from above.

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Greg Lipps
7 years ago

A little video of the run There were 3 strainers we had to portage around, but overall it was a beautiful run with a really fun rapid in the middle.

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8 years ago

Brilliance for free; your parents must be a sweetheart and a certified geiuns.

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Chris Preperato
9 years ago

There is a tree across the stream about 1/3 way down the stream, its a little tough to see from upstream, but at the low level we paddled Brush, it was easy to eddy out before. We were able to get under it, but with more water you'd have to carry on the left. At high water the left channel would probably have enough water to paddle down and avoid the tree.

Gage Descriptions

Minimum flow based on a recommendation by Steve Ettinger.

Directions Description

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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.

Nathan Blatchley


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