Loyalsock Creek, Pennsylvania, US
2. US 220 to Forksville (Lower Loyalsock)
||I-IV (for normal flows)
Normal Line on the Haystacks
Normal Line on the HaystacksPhoto of Phantomboater by Jamie McGuire taken 03/09/03 @ 4.72'
Kevin Colburn posted an Access Alert
PLEASE park on the upstream side of the Route 220 bridge! A landowner on the downstream side of
the bridge has politely requested that paddlers use the other side because too many people have
begun parking on the downstream side. Let's maintain this good relationship with the landowner and
park on the upstream side!
Robert Mac Dowell shared:
One other thing that needs mentioning is the top notch play holes as you enter the park area, just
below the bridge to the cabins. These are first-class play holes, so save some energy for the last
jeff mitchell shared:
To be honest, I've never paddled the Loyalsock, but I'm very familiar with the creek. The premier
whitewater section is between the U.S. 220 bridge and Forksville; there is a damn at Worlds End
State Park you may be required to portage. The most famous rapids are the Haystacks, IV+ (possible
V in high water) which are large Burgoon boulders around which the creek swirls and drops a couple
of feet--it is a very technical rapid. It is located about 2-3 miles downstream from the 220
bridge. It's a popular swimming area in the summer.
There is also some trout fishing as you near Worlds End. There is another Class-IV rapid a few
miles downstream. Most rapids are II-III+, there aren't many large pools, the creek is almost
always dropping. Average gradient is 40-45 fpm, max is 60 fpm. Because there are no hydro dams on
the Loyalsock, you must wait for the creek (actually the size of a small river) to rise naturally.
The best times are during the spring snowmelt or isolated periods in the fall. The gauge on this
website is near the mouth of the Loyalsock and is not accurate for the portion of the creek b/w 220
and Forksville. The Loyalsock is a very beautiful stream. It flows through an undeveloped, isolated
gorge where there are many waterfalls, vistas, cliffs and rock formations. It has carved an "S"
shaped gorge at Worlds End about 800 feet deep. It is a place well worth your visit. I believe
there are kayak competitions in or around Worlds End in early spring.
jeff mitchell also posted:
the 'Sock b/w US 220 and Forksville is generally runnable when the gauge at Loyalsockville reads
4.5 feet. Access to the creek is not as critical an issue as w/ some streams. If you want to run
the Haystacks (ouch!) you'll have to put in at the US 220 bridge in Ringdale. There is private
property around the bridge, but a put-in shouldn't be too difficult. If it happens to be difficult,
drive .8 miles south of the bridge along 220, turn right onto Meade Rd. and park at the Loyalsock
Trail parking area--this is now public land. You'll have to carry to the stream down a steep,
rocky, but manageable bank to the creek. If you have no desire to run the Haystacks, there is a 2nd
access. Where 220 passes Laporte, follow 154 a few miles to Rock Run Rd., which will be on your
right; this rd crosses the creek and offers a 2nd access. Worlds End is the usual take-out.
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Last Updated: 2004-08-20 11:35:50