Codorus Creek, Pennsylvania, US
John Rudy Park to Codorus Furnace Road
||II(III) (varies with level)
The Codorus Creek is also called the inky stinky Codorus, because there is definitiely an
unpleasant smell and taste to the water. For one, PH Gladfelter (pulp and paper company) dumps
"treated process" water into the Codorus Creek miles upstream. This gives the
water the light chocolate color. In addition, directly below the PA-24 bridge, a waste water
treatment plant dumps treated water into the Codorus from river right. The water quality is
acceptable for plant and fish (according to PA DEP), however a few people have gotten sick from
taking in two much water on this creek. At lower levels, the Creek definitely smells, at higher
levels it is not as noticeable.
With all that said the creek is still a fun beginner to intermediate level creek.
From the South, on I-83 North - Take exit
22 to PA-181 North George Street. Go 1.8 miles North on PA-181, then turn right onto Emig
Road. From the North, on I-83 South - Take exit 24 to PA-238 East toward
Emigsville and go one mile. Turn right onto PA-181 and follow it for 0.4 miles then turn
left onto Emig Road. Both: Follow Emig Road for 0.6 miles, then
turn left onto Mundis Race Road. After about 0.8 miles arrive at John Rudy Park. Look
for parking at the Administrative area of the park and walk your boat to Codorus creek on the
other side of Mundis Race Road. The old put-in at the Sewage Treatment plant has been
closed and marked "No Parking" by the plant operators.
From the Put In at John Rudy Park, go east on Mundis Race Road for about 0.5 miles. Turn
left (North) onto PA Rt 24 (Sherman Street Extended) and go for approximately 4 miles. You will
come to a tee in the road. Turn Right onto Codorus Furnace Road. Follow this road for approx. 3
miles. You will go down a hill and at the bottom you will cross over the Codorus Creek at the
take out bridge. After you cross over the take out bridge turn right, continuing on Codorus
Furnace Road and travel another 50 yards. Parking is available on your left at the stone Codorus
The first mile is mostly flat water.
The first rapid has no name, but lets call it "Entrance" (If you know another name
comment below). It starts out with a nice little surfing hole at the top (on river left) of
the sloping rapid. at the bottom of the rapid, catch the river right eddy and try your luck at
the surfing wave/hole attached to this eddy.
Buckshot Rapid (III-)
This Rapid can be run straight down the center, boofing off the rock in the middle. At higher
levels (>York, 4.3 ft; Pleasantville, 840 cfs), there is a slightly sticky hole below the boof
rock. You can also run a fun slot move on river right from the top and then work back into
the center flow and catch the boof rock. This rapid got its name because shotgun pellets
from above can rain down on the river. There is a shooting range (clay pigeons) on top of
the canyon wall. It is a little unnerving when it happens and you don't know why.
Don't worry, no one has been hurt by the pellets.
Upper Dees Rapid(III)
Start this rapid in the center, drop over the first ledge and try to catch the left or right
eddy. In the next drop is a rock that has water rooster tailing off of it. This rock is not a big
concern and at or above 400 cfs can be paddled over; but to avoid it set right angle and go to
river right. Below the first set of right and left eddies is a second set of right and left
eddies that allows you to surf a river wide wave. Below this is a large rock with a channel
(slot) running through it. Most paddlers go to the right of the rock, but going left or
through the center slot are options. The hardest move is going through the rock. A
slightly sticky hole is on the other side of the center slot. On the river right side of
the rock , you can try your luck with stern squirts and cartwheels of the edge of the rock.
Lower Dees Rapid(III)
Lower Dees is separated from Upper Dees by a moving water pool of about 100 yards, in which Dees
Run comes in from river right. Start this rapid in the center and work right. You can catch
the river left eddy in front of the huge rock in the center of the river and from this eddy, you
can surf a small dynamic wave. When you peel out of this eddy, you need to work towards
river right so you do not get hung up on the rock. Below this is a pool. This a neat
Trout Run Rapid or Dead Dog(II-)
This is a minor rapid, but it has an awesome squirt line on river left behind a sloping rock. You
will know you are there because on river right there is a huge rock sticking out of the bank and
Trout Run comes in from the right behind this rock.
For more information, see Keystone Canoeing by Gertler, E.
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Last Updated: 2018-08-09 10:40:02