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Difficulty I-II
Length 16.4 Miles
Gauge Loyalhanna Creek at Kingston, PA
Flow Range 400 - 5000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 818 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 08/20/2004 11:05 am

River Description

Lat / Longitude data are very approximate.

Zachary Frederick shared:

Start near the Darlington Inn, below Idlewild Park. Portage the causeway near Sleepy Hollow Tavern. Takeout before Kingston Dam. If you don't waste any time, this run should take about 1.5 hours.

There are 2 ledges/wateralls not long after you put-in (Buttermilk Falls?). Various other small rapids throughout. Not too much flatwater.

Rapid Descriptions


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Sean Lenhart
2 years ago

Ran this while at high water (causeway at sleepy hollow was closed). Would not recommend running it at much lower levels than that. There is a boat launch in Ligonier at the loyalhanna walking trail across the highway from Giant Eagle. Suggest to put in there as further up towards rector it blown down tree after tree as well as going through Rolling Rock Country Club and they were grumpy we floated down through their mansions. Also if you put in there you get to float through Idlewild park which is a highlight of the trip. After Idlewild through the hollow is where you get some decent rapids and 1 drop . The rapids are few and far between( Alot of flat water) so makes it a good beginners run. I recommend making the run but definitely do not start to far up!

Summary of Gauge Readings

Zachary Frederick shared:

3.5 feet seems to be an OK minimum level.

Gauge NameReadingTimeComment
Loyalhanna Creek at Kingston, PA
AW Gauge Info
818 cfs 01h09m

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