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Difficulty I-II
Length 17 Miles
Gauge Pine Creek at Cedar Run, PA
Flow Range 850 - 20000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 4 hours ago 783 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 11/03/2017 5:06 am

River Description

The "Grand Canyon" of Pennsylvania canoeing.

The only notable whitewater section (Class ll), Owasee Rapid, is located 3 miles from the put-in at Ansonia. At normal levels, this can be run in a 17' canoe if one has some whitewater experience. The rapid can be scouted and portaged on a gravel bar on river left and is also marked by signs upriver.

The put in location is on Marsh Creek, about 1/2 mile from the confluence with Pine Creek at the Ansonia access to the Rail Trail. There may be access much closer to the confluence, on an (unnamed?) road south of route 6. Pine Creek Outfitters is about 3/4 mile west, and offers shuttle service, an dperhaps amore convenient put in.

You can add four miles to the trip by taking out in Slate Run, PA.

Rapid Descriptions


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7 years ago

Pine creek outfitters says 1.8 ft to run in a kayak Source

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Cory Bryant
12 years ago

There is a small but fun wave called the Mixmaster. Its a few miles north of Camel. You can see the wave from a boat launch, but park along the road where the rail/trail crosses the road (rt 414) and walk out the boater path. min 800 max 1800 cfs.

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Date Flow Result Factor  
2017-05-06 High Fatality Read More
1988-03-26 High Fatality Inadequate Equipment Read More



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Army Corps Study Threatens Lehigh River Boating

Bob Nasdor

Paddlers on the Lehigh River below the Francis E. Walter Dam and Reservoir are concerned that a planned study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its partners, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection will lead to a reduction in whitewater boating opportunities on the Lehigh. The study will evaluate the feasibility of various alternatives to optimize project operation. Aside from the project's authorized primary missions of flood risk management and recreation, the study will also consider water supply and water quality, to identify possible improvements to the existing structure, infrastructure, and operations that will support current and future demands within the region. The Army Corps is holding a public meeting on January 9, 2020 at the Mountain Laurel Resort in White Haven, PA from 6-8 p.m. to explain the study and hear public comments. American Whitewater, Appalachian Mountain Club, and other organizations are expected to file comments with the Army Corps prior to the September 29th deadline in order to share our concerns about the study and potential impacts on boating, the outdoor recreation economy, and the Delaware RIver Basin. We encourage our members to attend the public meeting to voice their concerns.

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Pennsylvania Dam Removal Conference to be Held January 31st.

Kevin Colburn

There will be a one day conference on January 31st in eastern Pennsylvania that will address dam removal and rehabilitation in the state and region. It is likely that this very affordable conference would be helpful to paddlers interested in working on dam removal projects in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. Registration for the conference is due by January 23rd.

Steve McLuckie


Robert Miller


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1208416 11/03/17 Steve McLuckie updated length, access location
1193620 02/08/03 Robert Miller n/a