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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.)
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.
6 years ago
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