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Difficulty I-III
Length 4.7 Miles
Gauge Tohickon Creek near Pipersville, PA
Flow Range 200 - 10000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 19 minutes ago 1070 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 11/06/2017 2:51 pm

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Dave Hathaway
5 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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8 years ago

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10 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.

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Army Corps Study Threatens Lehigh River Boating

Bob Nasdor

Paddlers on the Lehigh River below the Francis E. Walter Dam and Reservoir are concerned that a planned study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its partners, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection will lead to a reduction in whitewater boating opportunities on the Lehigh. The study will evaluate the feasibility of various alternatives to optimize project operation. Aside from the project's authorized primary missions of flood risk management and recreation, the study will also consider water supply and water quality, to identify possible improvements to the existing structure, infrastructure, and operations that will support current and future demands within the region. The Army Corps is holding a public meeting on January 9, 2020 at the Mountain Laurel Resort in White Haven, PA from 6-8 p.m. to explain the study and hear public comments. American Whitewater, Appalachian Mountain Club, and other organizations are expected to file comments with the Army Corps prior to the September 29th deadline in order to share our concerns about the study and potential impacts on boating, the outdoor recreation economy, and the Delaware RIver Basin. We encourage our members to attend the public meeting to voice their concerns.

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Pennsylvania Dam Removal Conference to be Held January 31st.

Kevin Colburn

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Lack of Tohickon Releases in 2001 Explained

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.

Tony Allred Jr


Matt Muir


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1208427 11/06/17 Tony Allred Jr 11-7-2017 - cleanup
1191465 02/06/01 n/a 10-7-2017 - Corrected Gauge based on comments
1208420 11/06/17 Tony Allred Jr 11-7-2017 - cleanup