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Difficulty II
Length 7 Miles
Gauge French Creek near Phoenixville, PA
Flow Range 5.50 - 10.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 55 minutes ago 5.18 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 06/04/2003 11:22 pm

River Description


Generally speaking this is a relatively easy beginner creek to paddle. It is very flashy. After a good rain it tends to go up very quickly and go down very quickly. However, when it is up there are a variety of small waves to surf as well as a number of eddy lines to play in. The senery is quite good as wll. However, be on the lookout for fisherman (which should not really be a problem at the runnable levels as well as strainers. The river does not have any real tight bends in it so you should be able to keep an eye out for any potential concerns. About three miles down you will come to a series of two low head dams. The first can be portaged either side but may be able to be run if the water is high enough because it gets washed out. However, the second one has a walk bridge across it and should be portaged on either side. This is private land at a camp so be careful to respect the owners. There may be difficulty getting on the river at the putin as there is very little parking. However, just check out the bridges down stream and you should have no problem. I will update this as soon as I can get other putins identified.

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Summary of Gauge Readings

The gauge is about 7 miles down stream and the stream is very flashy. However, it should be reliable.

Gauge NameReadingTimeComment
French Creek near Phoenixville, PA
AW Gauge Info
5.18 ft 00h55m n/a
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Directions Description


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Date Flow Result Factor  
2003-06-18 n/a Fatality High Water Read More

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Ohiopyle State Park Updates River Regulations

2018-03-30 14:00:00-04
Charlie Walbridge

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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Pennsylvania Dam Removal Conference to be Held January 31st.

2004-01-09 00:00:00-05
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.
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