The Lower Mehoopany is from Stony Brook to Forkston and it is about 6-7 miles long. Most paddlers take out at the PA 87 bridge on the right, where there is also pull-off parking.
The Mehoopany is upwards to a Class III+ creek, with one Class IV in high water. From Stony Brook, you will encounter a long boulder rapid that is a lot of fun. A sidestream cascades in from the right and the Mehoopany bends to the left with many surf waves over smooth bedrock. Be aware just downstream is the most difficult rapid on the Lower Mehoopany, a ledgy slide with big diagonal waves. You can portage left or right (left is most common). Possible high water sneak on the right. This feature is locally known as "The Rocks" and can be Class IV in high water.
Below to the next bridge is one long, incredible rapid- waves after waves. Not technical; a few little holes here and there. A true joy to paddle. Cliffs are often on the right with little cascading sidestreams.
Down to the second bridge, the gradient eases, though the creek is still fairly continuous with wave trains and fastwater. After the second bridge, expect wave trains and swift pools. You will pass an incredible wooden staircase on the right that climbs the mountain.
Strainers are a possibility, though they rarely cross the entire creek. No significant braiding as the main channel is always obvious. Rapids are formed over a descending bed of cobbles and small boulders.
This is a very fun creek, particularly in higher flows. One of the best in the region. It flows in a steep walled valley with broad mountains; few cottages are along the creek; it is mostly undeveloped. Enjoy.
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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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