Nice photos of the Wapwallopen! Phil Malatin and I ran it in around 1990 and initially negotiated Powder Hole by throwing our boats off and then climbing out on the old steelworks and jumping off. There were footprints painter on the steelwork at that time to show where to jump without hitting rocks. We then felt bolder and did the "20-foot freefall". The jump was scarier than the kayak run! I remember we called the one slide that was run on the left the "particle accelerator" because you went so fast. Seeing your photos makes me want to run it again.
Luckily, this creek has a gauge on it near the town of Wapwallopen. The creek holds water well in the spring but rises and falls very quickly during other times of the year. Although 75 cfs is considered a minimum, you'll want it to read over 100 before driving there (since it can drop real fast). Over 200 cfs is VERY beefy!
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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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