Clear Shade Creek - Crum Road (Iron Bridge) to Shade Creek

Clear Shade Creek, Pennsylvania, US


Crum Road (Iron Bridge) to Shade Creek

Usual Difficulty III (for normal flows)
Length 5.5 Miles

Last Drop

Last Drop
Photo by Patty Hachick taken 04/23/06 @ 4.97, 1930cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Stonycreek River at Ferndale, PA
usgs-03040000 5.25 - 10.00 ft III 00h33m 3.6 ft (too low)

River Description

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)

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-01-14 19:08:41


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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January 9 2012 (2565 days ago)
Chris PreperatoDetails
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