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Difficulty I-IV
Length 9.5 Miles
Gauge Shohola Creek near Walker Lake, PA
Flow Range 140 - 1600 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 22 minutes ago 83.7 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 06/08/2020 2:12 pm

River Description


The Shohola is an odd river. It begins with a runnable (with multiple lines) 70ft waterfall/cascade. Then goes through a box canyon with class III to IV water for most of it's 1/2 mile length. Then, after another 1/2 mile or so of good whitewater, it goes through a very flat period where flatwater paddling is interspersed with a ledge occasionally. Finally, it finishes with some good slides and another box canyon with a good drop as it's entrance. The scenery is beautiful at times and nice the rest of the time. It's a fun creek.

It does pick up wood however, so keep your eyes ahead and scout the box canyons from the rim (if possible) before entering. This is easy on the first one (there's a trail along the rim on river right), and not too difficult from river right on the second one. Hiking out from this run if someone gets hurt can be tedious, look at the map before you get on.

Most people only run the top box now. It's the most bang for your buck. Just carry up the trail on river right and repeat offend.

If you run the whole thing, it can be a longish day, so get on early in the winter, when the days are short. 

There is also a lot of private land around here so be careful when scouting. Once a group of us was paddling on a rare, warm sunny day in April and we came around a bend to find a man lying naked on his lawn, sunning himself. He was a little surprised to see 7 of us paddle by.

There is now an online gauge on the Shohola itself, at Knealing Rd., above the last gorge, so that's the gauge to use now.

The gauge on the Bush Kill at Shoemaker used to be the main online indicator for this run.  It should be over 2.5', and gives a good correlation, but the Shohola drains a large swampy area above the lake and will generally stay up longer than The Bushkill. Sometimes for many days longer. If it's at 2.4 and dropping slowly, the Shohola will most likely still be up. 

Rapid Descriptions

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Daniel Siger
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1 year ago

There is a new USGS Gauge for this river located on the Shohola itself, 7 miles downstream of the put in for the upper box. It can be found at: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv/?site_no=01432495&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060,00010 170 on this gauge would be my estimate of a minimum level. 400 felt like a fun medium.

Gage Descriptions

Now there is a new USGS  gauge on Knealing Rd. in the middle of the run. 
Danny Siger suggests that 170 would be a likely bare minimum with 400 a good medium.

We paddled it recently at 146 cfs. The slide was very bouncy/bangy, but it went, and the gorge was certainly low, but I've run things lower. I did 3 laps. I think if you're looking for some creeking in the summer, we'd have to move the minimum down to 140cfs or so. 

About 62% of the drainage area measured at the gauging station is above the put-in. 
In theory, the flow going over the falls should be around 62% of the flow being measured at the gauge. 

So, in theory, if there's 200 cfs on the gauge, there
should be around 120 cfs going over the falls.

The gauge on the Bushkill at Shoemakers also gives a fairly good correlation, but the Shohola drains a large swampy area above the lake and will generally stay up longer than The Bushkill. Sometimes for many days longer.

Directions Description


Put-in: 

Put-in is typically on river right below the dam (to run the falls) or below the falls to run the top box. If you don't want to run the falls, or the top box, you'll want to put-in on river right, downstream of Rt. 6. Park in the small gravel parking lot on the upstream, river right side of Rt. 6. Cross Rt. 6 and follow the path on river right until you see a place where you can get to the water.

If you are planning on running the top box (but not the falls) follow the scenic trail along the river right side of the falls, then head down the gully which leads to the base of the falls. Watch out for ice in the winter and early spring.

Take-out: 

Taking out can be an issue. The road which crosses over the creek just a little ways before the Delaware would seem like a perfect place, but it is heavily posted. You can take out a few miles downstream on the Delaware, but a better option is to take-out under the railroad tracks and hike up the river right bank to the little road which crosses the tracks there. There is a turn in the road next to where it crosses the tracks and you should be able to park there.

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Pennsylvania Dam Removal Conference to be Held January 31st.

1/9/2004
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.
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