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.
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:
170 on this gauge would be my estimate of a minimum level. 400 felt like a fun medium.
7 years ago
by Carin Tinney
Permits are not required for this reach.
Shahola Falls - Left Line
Upper Gorge, Shohola Creek
Thumbnail of Vertical Line at Shohola Falls
Shohola vertical line
The First "Box Canyon"
Surf on the Shohola
Put-In at the end of the first gorge
Upper box on Shohola Creek
Raingauge Map for Shohola Cr.
If someone gets hurt on a river, or you read about a whitewater-related injury, please report it to
American Whitewater. Don't worry about multiple submissions from other witnesses, as our safety
editors will turn multiple witness reports into a single unified accident report.
Log into the American Whitewater website and you can contribute to river descriptions,
flow and access tips, and maps associated with runs you've done. You can even add new
runs to the inventory!