Red Moshannon Creek - 1 - Peale Bridge to Route 53 Bridge

Red Moshannon Creek, Pennsylvania, US


1 - Peale Bridge to Route 53 Bridge (Red Moshannon, "Red Mo", Race Course)

Usual Difficulty II (for normal flows)
Length 7.5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 28 fpm

Red Mo Race 2012

Red Mo Race 2012
Photo taken 03/31/12 @ 1.00 ft

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Moshannon Creek (Red Mo) at RT53 Bridge
virtual-57690 350 - 2500 cfs II 00h27m 0 cfs (too low)

River Description

The classic Central PA introduction to class II whitewater!  The tainted Moshannon Creek is affectionally known as "Red Mo".  If you love the whitewater features of Spring Creek in Bellefonte, PA, Red Mo is the next logical step in the progression.

The last weekend of every March, Tussey Mountain Outfitters organizes Pennsylvania's longest running downriver race...

Red Moshannon Downriver Race
This race is held in the Spring on a remote 7.5 mile section of Moshannon Creek.  It starts at Peale Bridge near the town of Grassflat PA, and ends at the Route 53 Bridge near the town of Moshannon PA.  At moderate levels and typical temperatures for this time of year, this section is rated Class II.

There are classes for solo and tandem open canoes, kayaks, and decked canoes.  Racers can also participate in the "poker race" by picking up cards along the race course - the best hand wins.

The Red Mo Race was begun in 1967. The Penn State Outing Club Canoe Division ran the race from 1967 to 1980. There was no race in 1976. The 1981 race was jointly sponsored by PSOC and Tussey Mountain Outfitters. TMO has run the race since 1982. Boat classes have varied over the years and the race history reflects the awards made in each year.

Sierra Club column - "Helping Out on the Red Mo"


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-02-13 20:14:30


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
2.8Tiffs RiffI
2.9Mammoth RockII
3.0Preacher's IslandIHazard
4.2Zig ZagII
5.0Magnavox RocksII
5.2The SlotII
5.5Four Pines IslandI
6.0Slant RockII
6.7Chicko's RockIIPlayspot
7.3Twinn RocksN/A

Rapid Descriptions

Put-in (Class I)

Put-in river-left just below the Peale bridge. 

Tiffs Riff (Class I, Mile 2.8)

The first "action" after 2+ miles of warm up.   Wavetrains on river-right where most of the flow pushes.

Preacher's Island (Class I, Mile 3.0)

The clear path is river-right of this island.  This is the popular destination for "on-river" spectating  carnage at Rattlesnake Rapid on race day!

Magnavox Rocks (Class II, Mile 5.0)

Rocks the size of a Magnavox TV river-right on the outside of a slight turn to the left. 

Four Pines Island (Class I, Mile 5.5)

Looks to only be 3 pines remaining. Keep river-left. 

Slant Rock (Class II, Mile 6.0)

The biggest hole on the Red Mo.  The Slant Rock is river-left and the hole is left of center.  Playable if you can attain.  Some brave folks have been seen jumping off this rock, but it would appear to be a fairly shallow landing.    

Chicko's Rock (Class II, Mile 6.7)

Stay river-left to miss the "action".  Beware of Chicko's that lurks submerged in the middle of the river halfway through the rapid.  

Twinn Rocks (Class N/A, Mile 7.3)

Stay river-right and "split" the Twinn's because this is the finale!

Take-out (Class I, Mile 7.5)

Take-out river-left under or just past the bridge.

User Comments

Users can submit comments.
March 29 2015 (1395 days ago)
bobthebirdman (157235)
Bridge Gauge 1.5 made for an awesome trip. Very little scrapping.
May 5 2011 (2819 days ago)
aharchak (153059)
The gauge on the Rt 53 bridge is 2 ft today May 5, 2011 at 6:00 PM and this is a nearly ideal water
level to run the Red Mo. I am told that it is runnable down to about 1 ft on this gauge but that
you can expect to be scraping a lot of rocks along the way.
May 5 2011 (2819 days ago)
Jon NelsonDetails
An attempt to add to the flow information for the Red Mo. This comes from Don Frew: Red Mo cfs at
Rt 53 Bridge = (West Branch Karthus - West Branch Hyde (lag 12 hrs) - Clearfield/Dimeling (lag 12
hr))*0.4492. Not a lot of experience yet with this -- but we think that 400 cfs is about 0 feet;
800 is about 1.0 ft; 1000 cfs is about 2.0 ft; 1200 cfs is about 2.5 ft; and 2000 cfs is about 3.0
ft. If you post the bridge gage reading here, along with the date and time of the run, this info
can be added to the date base. Thanks.