Mehoopany Creek - Stony Brook TO LR65006 in Mehoopany

Mehoopany Creek, Pennsylvania, US


Stony Brook TO LR65006 in Mehoopany

Usual Difficulty I-III (for normal flows)
Length 12.1 Miles

River Description

Lat/Longitude data are very approximate.
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Last Updated: 2001-10-21 12:19:55

Rapid Descriptions

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November 2 2009 (3364 days ago)
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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. Jeff Mitchell