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Difficulty V+
Length 1 Miles
Gauge Bush Kill at Shoemakers, PA
Flow Range 2.50 - 6.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 23 minutes ago 2.49 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 04/19/2011 8:03 pm

River Description


Check out this video of Raymondskill on You Tube!   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUHG-ig6GpI

There is a 20 foot falls called Hackers Falls and a long fun slide above the SR 2009 bridge. These can be accessed by hiking a mile in off a hiking trail. To get here, follow SR 2009 to a T intersection and turn right. Cross Raymondskill Creek and follow the signs for the hiking trail to the right.

Starting at the SR 2009 bridge, the action starts immediately with a 15 foot cascade which can be run on the right or in the middle. Around the bend is another good 15 foot slide also run down the right. After a pool, there is a steep series of ledges dropping another 15 feet. Soon, you will be out scouting Flirting With Disaster. This is a 25 foot drop onto a slide that goes off another 8-10 footer at the bottom. It gets run fairly often but is a scary drop. Not far downstream, you will find a slide into an 8 foot ledge with some trees in the drop. The trees are avoidable but be careful.More small slides and ledges carry you the BIG attraction, Raymondskill Falls.
Raymondskill Falls is a series of 3 cascades/waterfalls dropping close to 150 feet. If you wish to walk around the whole shooting match, it is best to get out on the left, where there is a trail. The first falls is a 50 footer into a cliff on the left with a large tree that is wedged in the falls itself. Portage on the right. The second falls is a 40 foot cascade into a pool. This part is quite SIK but is runable. A lot of water hits the wall on the left so take care to stay in the middle. The third falls is a junky lipped 40-50 footer into a shallow pool. Most paddlers don't run any part of this but those seeking one more thrill can run the middle falls and take out on the left bank. A short carry up the hill takes you to the parking lot.

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Jay Seiler
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12 years ago

The drop on this run which most boaters refer to as "the Portage" in the middle of the run after the double drop "Iron Staircase" that was never thought to be runnable, was successfully run today. The drop is a 20ft slightly off vertical drop, pretty much freefalling, onto a sloped slab which ramps about 15 ft ending with a 6 foot boof into the pool below. A boater swam the drop by accident last fall after swimming above the falls and could not make it to the bank in time and somehow was not seriously injured, which made us think that it could be done. Today it was successfully run in a kayak twice by Eli Landis. He cracked his boat the day before and decided to risk completely demolishing the boat by ghost running the boat over the drop first to find the right line. After the boat cleaned the line we decided it could be done but the transition at the bottom would be too abrupt. Eli told us he was going to run it and after all of us hinting towards trying to talk Eli out of it, he went up and did it anyway. He made it look so good it convinced all of us to give it a go. It has now been run 6 times, all clean lines. Eli decided to call it "Flirting with Disaster"

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Jay Seiler
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12 years ago

Raymondskill ran at a medium high level today. The Bushkill gauge peaked at around 2.3. I ran Flirting with Disaster and afterwards because of the higher water decided it was more suitably named than at lower water. It was more of a "within inches of Disaster" today. Higher water pushed me further left at the bottom than my 2 previous runs @ around 2.1(Bushkill). The wall on the left at the bottom really comes into play at higher levels. Watch your elbows and eyes. Scout and use good judgement on this one. It couldn't have a better name.

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Jay Seiler
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12 years ago

Here is a Description I put together based on information I have gathered over the last 5 years of kayaking the Raymondskill. The Take-Out is located on SR 2009 off of Rt.209 N. You cross the creek on 209 and take an immediate left following signs towards Raymondskill falls. There will be a parking lot on your left a little ways up the hill and a walking trail from the parking lot leading down to the falls. Drop a car at the lot, and then continue up the hill on SR 2009 crossing the creek once, passing Silver Spring on your right eventually you

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Elijah Landis
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13 years ago

you can run it down to 1.9 from the top or 1.7 from the bridge. It gets scrapy but verticals vertical especialy when nothing else is going

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BradR
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15 years ago

From 209 turn onto Raymondskill Rd.you will pass the Take-out on the left
use second parking lot {bath room changing room on site}take a look at
bottom ledge it can be a nasty hole and a mistake here it could be your
last.Left out of the parking lot you will cross over the bridge drop then
come to a stop sign.Turn right on Milford road{state road 2009 ?}.you will
cross Raymondskill{100 feet}with in a mile you will come to a dirt road on
the right{3rd guard rail ?}there is a small state park sign, follow to end
take trail on left,to top of hill then first trail to right.

Raymond Skill Rd, Milford, PA 18337 {this will get you close}

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matt
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6 years ago

Here is a video of hacker falls @ 2.52 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOR2IXAGA-c

& Flirting with disaster @ 1.89, if I lived closer I wouldn't have run it at that level (seemed a little low) but after a 2 hour drive I couldn't pass it up. Planning on getting back to it when the gauge reaches 2.5 again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-V9exP5Ndy0

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Mark Zak
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10 years ago

Ran it last Saturday at 2.10. Although it was low all the drops were still good to go. The drop right under the bridge had a really shallow landing and one member of our group pitoned pretty hard. If you're running it at this level just make sure you use good paddle signals to make sure you dont land on your pitoned buddy. At this level it was more of a class IV plop and drop, but with the absolute must make eddy before the unrunnable big one, it deserves respect. I think next time we'll set someone with a line at the final must make eddy just in case.

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David Brucas
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11 years ago

Guage at 2.47 steady today. Newbie run for two of us. Taken down from the top by veterans Jeff Ackerman and Wayne "GMan". Perfect 1st time level. Just the right amount of adrenaline without the extreme.

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Kevin Williams
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15 years ago

We put in farther up-stream (at the second bridge over the creek- from the falls parking lot) I wouldn

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Wayne Gman
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8 years ago

Someone put their eyes on the iron staircase and it was greatly cut down and all points(jagged limbs) cut off down to a low water mark. the huge trunk remains but is much more managable. Good river Karma to someone

Summary of Gauge Readings

If the gauge of the Bushkill at Shoemakers is running around 2.5 feet or higher then Raymondskill should be running.

Gauge NameReadingTimeComment
Bush Kill at Shoemakers, PA
AW Gauge Info
2.49 ft 00h23m n/a
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