Just ran the Cowanshannock for the first time today, actually got two laps in. I was pleasantly surprised with the run. It had a nice creeky feel with plenty of different lines to take. Although it is not that long of a run, the rapids are very continuous and it has some nice gradient. My one comment that I would like to make is regarding the shuttle. Because this is a short run, its worth doing some laps, but instead of driving all the way up near 66, behind the mini mart area, you can just drive up to where the iron bridge (that is gated off) crosses the creek and park there. There is a little campsite here and I don't know how much it gets used, but from here it is only a short walk upstream (river right) side of the creek via bike trail to Buttermilk Falls. Today we just walked up above Buttermilk Falls and put in on river right. You do miss a couple of little rapids/ waves to surf but it definitely beats driving all the way up to float all the flatwater. It really cut down on the shuttle time and made running laps much easier and quicker.
Also, there was some wood in the creek, we didn't have to portage anything but just wanted to advise anyone doing this creek that there are blind turns and you do need to make sure that these are clear of wood.
8 years ago
by Steve Kroser
Dave Woten gives the beta:
With no USGS gauge on this creek, a visual is the only way to know navigability for sure. We often use Slippery Rock Creek and rain/snowfall to the North to judge if it is running. If Slippery Rock has risen a few feet or there has been a good rain and or snow melt to the North, your chances are good. There is talk of a gauge on the 28/66 bridge but I have never seen it because I put in a little downstream of the bridge.
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Cowanshannock Creek @Greendale 8.0 mi. to Route 66, 3.0 mi. to Allegheny R.
Buttermilk Falls right line
Having a Blast
Buttermilk Falls, right line
Last bigger rapid
Just about done
Rapid towards the end
Bridge Rapid, Look Out For Wood in this area
A look ahead at the next rapid
First bigger rapid after alternate put in
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