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Difficulty I-III
Length 4.7 Miles
Gauge Perkiomen Creek at Graterford, PA
Flow Range 200 - 10000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 30 minutes ago 455 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 11/06/2017 2:51 pm

River Description

Lat / Longitude data are very approximate.

Rapid Descriptions


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7 years ago

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Dave Hathaway
4 years ago

Ran this yesterday after a solid 1-2" hit the Quakertown area. Water was high! (Graterford gauge was 5000cfs... but eventually hit 9000 later in the day. The Tohickon gauge was 400cfs... but eventually hit 1200.) 90% of my kayaking experience has been on the Tohickon but was my first time on this upper part. At this level, it is a more serious creek than the lower would have been. It is narrower and has more "consequences" if you're forced to swim (rocks, holes, trees growing in the creek). That said, if you feel very comfortable on the lower, try to get on this part because it was a blast! (Edit: We did not put-in at Thatcher. Rather, we put-in at the Richlandtown overpass. Apparently, this cuts off a lot of flat water.)

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9 years ago

I've run this section when the gage near Pipersville for the Ralph Stover to Point Pleasant section read 1500cfs. My best estimate is that the actual flow at that time for this Quakertown section is probably around 600-700cfs. Anyway, It was mostly class I-II for the first half of the run Then became more steady class III after that up to the lake. Parts of those class III sections were pretty continous (ie: sections comparably as long as race course on the Ralph Stover section of the creek. ( a lot of fun). If I recall a lot of it was just read and run - basically just running down the center - not much to worry about. I probably wouldn't recommend running it at much less than the 1500 cfs gage reading though - takes some serious rain to get there. So to some up - the second half of this run can be very fun, I hope I was clear in my evaluation.

Summary of Gauge Readings

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Gauge NameReadingTimeComment
Perkiomen Creek at Graterford, PA
AW Gauge Info
455 cfs 00h30m
Tohickon Creek near Pipersville, PA
AW Gauge Info
150 cfs 00h30m

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Lack of Tohickon Releases in 2001 Explained

2001-11-13 00:00:00-05
Jason Robertson

American Whitewater has received the attached explanation from the Bureau of State Parks for why there were no releases on the Tohickon this Autumn.
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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.

Tony Allred Jr


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