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Difficulty II+
Length 6.3 Miles
Flow Range 700 - 5000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 day ago 116 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 11/30/2010 12:05 am

River Description

The first 4.2 miles is class I, so many paddlers only do the final 2.1 miles, starting at Shorbs Mill Road (39.73262°,-77.29755°).

Ed Evangelidi shared:
This is a good creek to combine with a Marsh Creek paddle, only do it first as it drops faster. This creek has longer but easier rapids than Marsh Creek and the longest and hardest rapid is at the end and is hardest at low water. Strainers seem to fortunately fall in the slower water sections generally. There is a good visual gauge at the takeout road. Look at the downstream right side. There is a groove in the concrete and the groove equals 3 inches of usable water. Make sure you take out above the dam. There is another small dam just below the takeout that is easy to run but is hard on boats.
For more information, see Keystone Canoeing by Gertler, E.

Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

There is a good visual gauge at the takeout road. Look at the downstream right side. There is a groove in the concrete and the groove equals 3 inches of usable water.

Directions Description

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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


Stephen J. Ettinger


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1198811 11/30/10 Matt Muir Added coords and 2nd state; fixed for Matt ing.
1191435 05/11/05 Stephen J. Ettinger n/a