Shohola Creek - Shohola Falls Park to Mouth (at Delaware R.)

Shohola Creek, Pennsylvania, US


Shohola Falls Park to Mouth (at Delaware R.)

Usual Difficulty I-IV (for normal flows)
Length 9.5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 65 fpm
Max Gradient 220 fpm

Surf on the Shohola

Surf on the Shohola
Photo of Matt Sasson by Stephen Strange @ 2.6

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Bush Kill at Shoemakers, PA
usgs-01439500 2.50 - 6.00 ft I-IV 00h54m 2.69 ft (running)

River Description

Shohola Cr., from Shohola Falls to mouth

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.

This run can be a longish day, so get on early in the winter, when the days are short.


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.

Hiking out from this run if someone gets hurt can be tedious, look at the map before you get on.

The gauge on the Bush Kill at Shoemaker 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.
Middle Atlantic River Forcast Center's Quantitative Precipitation Forcast. (The next 24hrs)
Middle Atlantic River Forcast Center's Quantitative Precipitation Forcast.(The following 24 hrs)
The onsite gauge is painted on the river-right, upstream side of the Knealing Rd. bridge abutment. It is very faded and barely readable.

It should be at 2.4'

See above for more indications of runnability.

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. 


There is 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 naked on his lawn, sunning himself. He was a little surprised to see 7 of us paddle by.

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.
Hero route alert! There are a few lines down the falls, but the most interesting I've heard of is to take all of the small ledges down the right until the big final ledge. Then, instead of dropping off of it, go left and drop down into the curtain of water, behind the big rock sitting on the bottom ledge.

This is called the white room and I haven't tried it.

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Last Updated: 2008-04-12 22:26:43


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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April 23 2013 (2100 days ago)
waterbabynyc (153672)
Ran the Shohola from waterfall down thru the second box canyon on 4/21/13. Level was 2.36. Some,
but tolerable, scraping through the flats, but wouldn't want to run it much lower. While the beams
from the broken construction bridge (October 2011-aftermath of Hurricane Irene) appear to be
removed completely there is still some wood to be on the look out for in the class 3 rapid after
the top box; lots of wood in the flat section (about 3 non negotiable portages); and there is wood
in the second box canyon before the take out- recommend scouting it, not sure how it will play out
at different levels.