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Difficulty I-IV
Length 26.8 Miles
Gauge Lackawanna River at Archbald, PA
Flow Range 100 - 1000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 28 minutes ago 161 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 03/11/2001 8:10 am

River Description

Lat / Longitude data are approximate, from TopoZone.

Rapid Descriptions


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10 years ago

Best levels for this stretch start at 3' (or slightly less) up to about 5', when it starts to get pushy. Surf waves at Mellow Park (Peckville) are friendly at around 3'-4'.

Gage Descriptions

Gage is for Archbald, in the upper parts of this reach. For the lower parts of the reach, check the Old Forge gage.

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.

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Army Corps Study Threatens Lehigh River Boating

Bob Nasdor

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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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.

Matt Muir


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1213561 08/28/19 n/a Swap put-in / take-out locations (take-out is upstream of put-in)
1191413 03/11/01 n/a Swap put-in / take-out locations (take-out is upstream of put-in)