This is a short whitewater stretch on a long flatwater river. It comes up rarely and drops quickly, so it's rarely paddled. StreamKeeper Lee Thonus says "There is a 2 mile stretch along Narrows Rd (Rte 234) that looks like it would start with a class 2 section, hit 3-4 for a while, then revert to class 2 at the sawmill. Most of the surrounding land is heavily posted and aggressively enforced. The landowners apparently do not mind boaters as long as you let them know ahead of time. When it is high enough to boat it is too high to fish and they are jealously guarding their "private" trout stream."
there is a stretch a 1 mile above Bridgeport that passes through state leased properties and houses, which a private angling club manages. There are 7-8 small, 1-1.5 foot creekwide ledge drops built with railroad ties, creating small fish "pools".
As you get into Bridgeport, the main road bridge underdeck has a nasty piece of wire rope that hangs down, snagged in debris and pulled to river left--be very conscious of this.
Here is the USGS gauge for the Conewago Creek (West) http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?01574000
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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.
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