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