See the Benscreek Canoe Club Stonycreek Watershed Page.
For other streams in this watershed, check out:Stony Canyon (III-IV)Stony Gorge (IV)Roaring Fork (IV)Shade Creek (III-IV)Paint Creek (V)Dark Shade Creek (IV-V)Conemaugh River (I-II)Quemahoning Creek (III)
We did this in September during a flash flood (Ferndale gauge was at 6.5' and rising)...where we got flashed off Dark Shade and ended up here instead. We put in at the bridge on Crumb Road (after some weird turns on back roads). The river was clearly bankfull, but I wouldn't say it was flooded. The first few miles were moving flatwater with the occasional riffle. One river-wide tree we had to portage.
Then, the river picked up to the occasional class II rapid for a little while, and then the last mile or so was fairly consistent class III rapids. Some cool wave trains and LOTS of water coming in from the side streams. There was probably 200cfs at the put-in and about 800 by the take-out. The final dam had a fairly terminal looking hole on the right, but a fairly obvious line on the left that was a III+ move. Would have been easy to take out above it though and portage.
It's a good run as a back-up for when other runs are flooded out, since being on Dark Shade or Stony Gorge as the river rises high can be dangerous
Rob Farmer---I did this about 10 years ago and remember that it was a nice, very small stream of mostly Class 2 with a few Class 3s. There is an artificial ledge where a pipeline crosses just above the highway and confluence. I ran it; most portaged; it was scrapy. Ten years ago, there was some bulldozing going on along the shore, so there might be houses along part of it now, but I don't know for sure. We enjoyed it, but it requires very heavy rains and probably snowmelt. The western approach to the put-in is crazy-icy at times in the winter; best to find the eastern approach if in doubt.
The Ferndale gage is well downstream on the Stonycreek, not in the Shade Creek system, and thus must be used as a very rough guide only. You have to do a look-see to see if it's really running.
Permits are not required for this reach.
We have no additional detail on this route.
Use the map below to calculate how
to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.
If someone gets hurt on a river, or you read about a whitewater-related injury, please report it to
American Whitewater. Don't worry about multiple submissions from other witnesses, as our safety
editors will turn multiple witness reports into a single unified accident report.
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.
Log into the American Whitewater website and you can contribute to river descriptions,
flow and access tips, and maps associated with runs you've done. You can even add new
runs to the inventory!