Tree is still blocking the hole in the rapid
as of 1/1/13 the run is all clear
If the Shenango gauge near Transfer reads above 225 cfs you might be able to paddle this reach, but this is not an extremely reliable indicator. I've seen barely runnable levels at Neshannock when the Shenango gauge reads about 500 cfs, so your best indicator is to go to the bridge at the take-out and look at the riffles just upstream. If there is enough water to float over them, then you're good to go.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.
Entering Neshannock Gorge
Guardains of the Gorge
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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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