Wapwallopen Creek, Pennsylvania, US
SR 3013 to Rt. 239
||I-IV(V+) (for normal flows)
First drop on Wapwallopen
First drop on WapwallopenPhoto of Graham Seiler by Jared Seiler @ 220cfs
This is a very pretty run through mostly placid waters that occassionally shows a flare of temper
with some large waterfalls. The rocks are sharp and the drops are spectacular and sketchy. It is
possible to run the creek and portage all of the big drops but bring your "A" game if you
plan on dropping some of the falls.
Starting at the SR 3013 bridge, the creek flows along at a mostly flat pace through some pretty
woodlands. About 3/4 of a mile into the run, you will come to the first falls, Theatre. Here, the
creek cascades about 30 feet over a series of ledges that land on a slide. Run right and make sure
you keep your bow up off the first 8 foot clapper and then launch the 10 footer onto the slide.
Some small runout drops carry you a pool at the bottom.
A few small drops bring you to Anarchy, the second major drop. This drop is extremely scary and
gets walked more often than it is run. It is a 20+ foot waterfall onto a pillowed boulder that
needs to be boofed on the left followed immediately by a 10 foot falls. You need to drive across
the falls and launch sideways to the current. Landing flat and sideways is the only possible way to
avoid smashing yourself on the boulder at the bottom. Make sure you take a solid boof stroke,
floating off this drop willy-nilly would be disastrous! Run the 10 foot falls that follows in the
The next rapid is a neat slide dropping 10-15 feet that should be run down the left. Right after
this, the creek splits around a rock island. There is a cool 8 foot boof on the left or an intense
drop into a large hole on the right. Both options are quite enjoyable!
For the next mile, the creek goes back to a Class 1 pace with a few downed trees to walk around.
Before you know it, you'll see a railroad bridge and a large horizon line. This is Big Daddy Boner,
the last major drop on the creek and it is a BIG'UN. The creek falls 45 feet through a narrow
notch, smacking all sorts of rock on the way down. For all intents and purposes, this drop is
unrunable. Portage on the right. A half mile of Class 1 will carry you to the Rt. 239 bridge.
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Last Updated: 2006-11-30 03:09:32