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Casselman - 2) Markleton to Harnedsville (Confluence)

Casselman, Pennsylvania, US


2) Markleton to Harnedsville (Confluence)

Usual Difficulty II-III (varies with level)
Length 11.8 Miles
Avg. Gradient 40 fpm

Terminator Hole

Terminator Hole
Photo taken 05/23/11 @ 3.80 ft

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Casselman River at Markleton, PA
usgs-03079000 2.00 - 8.50 ft III 01h14m 5.09 ft (running)

River Description

This beginner-intermediate run is a stone's throw from the Lower Yough and is often runnable in the winter/spring when the Yough is too high for an intermediate paddler's taste. The flow is fast and mostly Class II in difficulty. The river is also fairly open, but one can find plenty of slalom play and good surfing throughout the run at medium levels.

There are two spots that approach Class III in difficulty. The first is a large munchy hole in the center of the river at a bend to the left, not long into the run. The hole is easily avoidable on the left. About halfway through the run the river necks down to a narrow river right chute that creates a fairly vigorous drop. This is a good place to surf and eat your lunch.

The Fort Hill to Harnedsville section is mainly class 2, with only one rapid approaching 3. A waterfall (Cucumber Run, I believe) comes in on the river left. This rapid is run to the river left side.


All the roads are accessible from Rte. 281.

Markleton Road off 281, pull off into the park on the right.

Fort Hill
Fort Hill Road off 281, pull off onto the sides of the road.


Take Route 523 off 281 and continue until the bridge, turning left into the dirt parking area.

John Kling helpfully gave the distances:
Markleton to Ft. Hill is 5.963 miles;
Ft. Hill to Harnedsville to 5.819 miles.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2012-03-22 15:56:48


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
11.8Harnedsville (Confluence) TakeoutN/ATakeout

Rapid Descriptions

Harnedsville (Confluence) Takeout (Class N/A, Mile 11.8)

For the longer run, you can take out here. See the Directions tab for the Fort Hill takeout (6.0 miles)

User Comments

Users can submit comments.
April 6 2017 (79 days ago)
SlimKayak (158802)
Ran this at 5ft and it was more of a class 3-4 river at some points. In some parts there were HUGE
holes, comparable to the lower yough at normal flows.
January 23 2017 (152 days ago)
James HuntDetails
On Jan 21, 2017 Kayakers were informed at the Markleton put-in that it is a PA Fish and Boat
Commission controlled river access and that a PA Un-Powered Boat Permit is required at both the
put-in and takeout. The fee is $18 for 2 years. The officer was threatening $150 fines if you did
not have the sticker. I don't think anyone got a ticket but there was a lot of discussion going on
between the Officer and the boaters. I think this is new as I have never seen any signs before or
heard of any problems.
September 8 2015 (655 days ago)
simonkrzych (155765)
7/9/15 flow was low, 2.7ft or about 900cfs. Quality class 2+ rapids throughout the run. This was
the last day of the trip. G, Ct, eli, josh, fab and jesse. Everyone was in an individual craft,
some light carnage.
May 8 2014 (1143 days ago)
TonyAllred (3101)
The bridge & approach construction has been completed and the Ft. Hill parking area has been
reopened. Checked (May 3, 2014).
June 16 2008 (3295 days ago)
john dukeDetails
see link for a video of this run.......... http://youtube.com/watch?v=4enKJDtVRTE

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