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Difficulty I-III
Length 19.7 Miles
Gauge Wapwallopen Creek near Wapwallopen, PA
Flow Range 85 - 3000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 231 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 08/20/2004 11:47 am

River Description

Kevin Colburn posted an Access Alert:

The putin to the Nescopeck is on a private dirt road off Route 98 in Drum, PA. During this wet season, the road takes a beating from all the boaters using this putin. A resident has requested that we use the hardtop road, where the bridge is closed, as our putin instead of driving up and down this dirt road. Please pass this on to all boaters who paddle the Nescopeck. And thanks for the courtesy.
Let's be good neighbors.

Gauge correlations above are from the Lehigh Valley Canoe Club, whose message board can be an excellent source for info on current levels in the region.

There's a small pond halfway through this reach, at 41.0483 lat, -75.923 longitude. I bet most paddlers run the stretch above or below the pond.

Rapid Descriptions


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David Su
5 years ago

There is a shorter 2.5mi. Class I-II fun run from Route 93 to the new bridge (under construction as of 3/20/13) where the Nescopeck crosses under Mill Hill Rd (at the end of Pecora Rd) which gets all the play shown in the site photos and without strainer per photo (@1.75' on the Wapwallopen gauge). Parking and access are easy near the construction site. River run map is here: LAND-OWNER ADVISEMENT: as we prepared to put in on the river-left bank of the Nesco on the upstream side of the bridge over Rt.93, where the obvious pull-off is, a gentleman claimed it was his property and advised us to put in at another place. The site is NOT posted. Instead we accessed on the right-bank downstream of the bridge, nearer the N.Main St. bridge.

Summary of Gauge Readings

If Wapwallopen is running 85 cfs or better, the Nescopeck should be running. In addition, if the Lehigh is 200 cfs or better, you can figure on a good level on the Nescopeck.

Gauge NameReadingTimeComment
Wapwallopen Creek near Wapwallopen, PA
AW Gauge Info
231 cfs 01h00m n/a

Directions Description

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Ohiopyle State Park Updates River Regulations

2018-03-30 14:00:00-04
Charlie Walbridge

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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Pennsylvania Dam Removal Conference to be Held January 31st.

2004-01-09 00:00:00-05
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.

Greg Cielosczyk