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Me and a couple buddies Just ran the lower slip for the first time on saturday april 9th 2011, it was at 2800 cfs. Totally bigger waves than i expected but it was a ton of fun!! Definitely not all class II runs at these leves. The last rapid had some pretty huge waves at these levels and my friend almost lost his kayak in this section. As of saturday i did not see any strainers in the main channel of the creek...just fun fast water.
Harris Bridge is now OPEN.
Use the USGS Wurtemburg gauge for an online indicator. Consider 130 cfs absolute minimum, with about 400 cfs the minimum for a fun run.
Another gauge is available online at the USACE Beaver/Ohio site. There is a correlation to the McConnell's Mill stick gage: McConnell's Mill = Wurtemburg * 1.4 - 1.7 . 0' is minimum; 2.0' is getting high. (People do run it below the suggested min and above the suggested max, of course. Consider the above when determining your fun levels.)
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The fun wave!
High water boogie water
Typical lower Slip rapid
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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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