This photo needs editing.
Difficulty I-II
Length 25.9 Miles
Gauge Conemaugh River at Seward, PA
Flow Range 200 - 5000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 19 minutes ago 368 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 10/15/2015 5:43 pm

River Description

American Youth Hostels, Guide to Western Pennsylvania Rivers

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)
Clear Shade Creek (III)
Quemahoning Creek (III)
Little Conemaugh River - North (II-III)
Little Conemaugh River - South (II-III)
Little Conemaugh River (II-III(V))
Trout Run (IV)

Rapid Descriptions


default user thumbnail
Nathan Marcus
2 years ago

6-30-2018. Had a Great float from New Florence to West Penn trail at the end of Westinghouse Road(18miles). Flow was at 1200 cfs. We spotted a Bald Eagle a mile into the trip and floated past a Great Blue Heron rookery with over 40 birds after the 22 HWY bridge in Blairsville. All the class I/II rapids were fun and easy to navigate and were broken up with long flat water and numerous bridges. But I have to AGREE with the other boaters about the rapid before Boliver/Robinson. This hole is a Beast and should be scouted before you attempt it. We didn't have spray skirts and took on enough water to sink 2 of 3 kayaks! But everything was retrieved, just in time to meet a group of young locals who were jumping from a 15 foot cliff near the old Robinson/Bolivar bridge. This route is growing in popularity as we past 7 other kayakers and 1 canoe. A trip from Johnstown would have been ideal but there is no easy way to portage around the low head dam at Seward Power Plant.

default user thumbnail
Sean Lenhart
3 years ago

Hit this run again 8/18 after some serious rains in the head waters. This river turns into a completely different animal at these flows(850cfs). Awesome experience new flo to bolivar. Last rapid turned into a beast ( giant hole left side to avoid)

default user thumbnail
Sean Lenhart
3 years ago

Best defined as a lazy river. Majority of the time the rapids are classified as class 1 however can reach class 2 when the area has had alot of rain. You can split this run up differently but alot of the river is not accessible by trail or road. Put in Seward, take out New Florence is a boring section and a low head dam that is apparantly illegal to run but i dont really see why but listened anyway and went through the jungle of portage. Next section from New Florence to bolivar is my favorite section so far. 1 rapid towards the end cork screwed me down through the river so it does have some power even when you start to underestimate it. But overall flat easy river. *Btw, there is still drainage into this river cause you can tell it is too warm, but ph test kit came in healthy so i continue to run it.

Gage Descriptions

Tell us about this gauge by leaving a comment.

Directions Description

We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

No Accident Reports



article main photo

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.
article main photo

$36.2 Billion Required to Fix Dams

Jason Robertson

"All dams fail"? A new peer-reviewed study by the Association of State Dam Safety Officials finds that a minimum of $36.2 billion is required to upgrade or repair existing dams.

Matt Muir


Ricky Hazlett


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1191390 05/16/01 n/a n/a
1205333 10/15/15 Ricky Hazlett