Raymondskill Creek - SR 2009 to Rte. 209

Raymondskill Creek, Pennsylvania, US


SR 2009 to Rte. 209 (Raymondskill)

Usual Difficulty V+ (for normal flows)
Length 1 Miles
Avg. Gradient 330 fpm
Max Gradient 400 fpm

First drop of Raymondskill Creek

First drop of Raymondskill Creek
Photo of Jen Paisner by Chasingrain.com taken 11/03

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Bush Kill at Shoemakers, PA
usgs-01439500 2.50 - 6.00 ft V+ 01h04m 2.3 ft (too low)

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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October 22 2014 (1548 days ago)
Wayne GmanDetails
Iron Staircase Falls is a mandatory Scout. This is the falls just below Graham Slam and above
Flirting with Disaster. A third of the drop is blocked at the base by large steel debris, the
remains of the old iron staircase adjacent to the drop was ripped down by a tree at high water. As
of the writing of this warning some have run the falls cleanly. Paddlers running into the remains
of the staircase risk likely being slashed or entrapped in your boat pinned against the steel.
September 9 2012 (2321 days ago)
mgoetter (153613)
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
November 27 2011 (2608 days ago)
Wayne GmanDetails
the Boof drop directly following flirting with disaster falls has a sneeky river left bank strainer
(log) tucked close into the drop. while it is in its current place a big boof will clear you
easily. If you cut the corner hard left and tip the bow down like a plug it will be totally in play
maybe catching you in the chest. Its reportedly caused swims already. The log was easy to miss in a
quick scout.
September 30 2010 (3031 days ago)
Wayne GmanDetails
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
April 3 2010 (3211 days ago)
Wayne GmanDetails
There is wood in Graham Slam (after the bridge rapid) on right and left and the following rapid,
Iron Staircase has a BAD strainer log on the Left. Our group yesterday ran both with center lines
through Graham Slam and we ran the hard bouncing RIGHT line at iron staircase. Mclovin actually
seal launched 10+ feet off the strainer into the pool for an easier though crazy looking "portage".
April 8 2008 (3936 days ago)
Mark ZakDetails
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.
March 2 2008 (3973 days ago)
David BrucasDetails
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
May 17 2006 (4628 days ago)
Jay SeilerDetails
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
May 17 2006 (4628 days ago)
Jay SeilerDetails
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.
May 13 2006 (4631 days ago)
Jay SeilerDetails
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"
January 9 2006 (4756 days ago)
Elijah LandisDetails
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
December 15 2003 (5511 days 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}
November 3 2003 (5554 days ago)
Kevin WilliamsDetails
We put in farther up-stream (at the second bridge over the creek- from the falls parking lot) I