Mill Creek (Allegheny R. trib.) - Lower Mill Creek

Mill Creek (Allegheny R. trib.), Pennsylvania, US


Lower Mill Creek (Dotter run)

Usual Difficulty I-II(III) (for normal flows)
Length 2.75 Miles
Avg. Gradient 120 fpm
Max Gradient 130 fpm

Mill Creek at low water

Mill Creek at low water
Photo by Steve Zerefos (KHCC) @ way too low

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Oil Creek at Rouseville, PA
usgs-03020500 5.00 - 10.00 ft I-II(III) 00h33m 2.82 ft (too low)

River Description

Mill Creek is a small, remote creek that drains into the Allegheny River. The creek bed is rocky and well defined, with long series of 1' to 2' ledges. There is one ledge drop, a five footer about midway. The creek near the put-in is deceptively small, but quickly developes into a 20' wide thrill ride. Be aware of strainers - they are always changing and new ones happen all the time. Also, when the creek runs up against one of the cliff walls, be aware of undercuts.

To get there: Take the route 208 exit from route I-80 (about mile marker 40) and take 208 east towards Emlenton. Once down beside the Allegheny, take the bridge across to Emlenton. Continue on this road as it bends left and climbs out of town. Turn left after the cemetary on Dotter Road. Follow this road, keeping to the left at intersections, over one tiny creek to the bridge over Mill Creek. This is the take-out. You'll know you're there if you can see the old stone bridge downstream from the current bridge. There is parking all along the road near this bridge.

To get to the put-in continue across the bridge and climb up out of the valley again. Take the first right, and follow it to another first right on Shotgun Club Road. Follow this road to the first intersection and turn right. The bridge for the put-in is about half a mile down this road, with a couple of parking spots.

StreamTeam Status: Verified
Last Updated: 2003-10-02 00:41:56


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