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Difficulty IV-V
Length 1.1 Miles
Gauge Stonycreek River at Ferndale, PA
Flow Range 5.50 - 10.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 4.56 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 01/14/2018 7:09 pm

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)
Clear Shade Creek (III)
Conemaugh River (I-II)
Quemahoning Creek (III)

Rapid Descriptions


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Rob Farmer---I did this several years ago, and for me it did not meet the hype in Appalachian Whitewater, Volume 2. But it was very low when I caught it. There were some man-made hazards/trash in one spot. I was disappointed. I parked near a bridge at the put-in, next to a water company pumping station or something, and the police hassled me slightly upon my return in the dark. Well, he did end up holding my flashlight, but, still, this area is the only area where I seem to get stopped by the police regularly while engaged in strictly paddling-related activities. When this is up, the Stony is way-cranking, fer shure.

Summary of Gauge Readings

The Ferndale gage is well downstream on the Stonycreek, not in the Shade Creek system, and thus must be used as a rough guide only.  You have to do a look-see to see if it's running.

Gauge NameReadingTimeComment
Stonycreek River at Ferndale, PA
AW Gauge Info
4.56 ft 01h10m n/a

Directions Description

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Ohiopyle State Park Updates River Regulations

2018-03-30 14:00:00-04
Charlie Walbridge

This past fall American Whitewater met with Ohiopyle State Park managers to discuss possible updates to their whitewater paddling regulations. The first topic was to change the rules governing raft sizes at different water levels to recognize the capabilities of self-bailing rafts. Shorter self-bailing boats will now be allowed to run the river at high water. Some small changes to the regulations will make Ohiopyle Falls more accessible to paddlers. A change in the way the gauge is interpreted should make the falls "legal" on more days. Although whitewater paddlers are only one part of the vast public that visits the park, every effort was made to accommodate them while avoiding user conflicts and safety hazards. Special thanks goes to Ken Bisbee, Ohiopyle State Park Operations Manager and John Hallas, a former Ohiopyle State Park Operations Manager who is now Director of State Parks. Click here to read the updated Ohiopyle River Regulations:

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Pennsylvania Dam Removal Conference to be Held January 31st.

2004-01-09 00:00:00-05
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.

Matt Muir


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