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Difficulty II
Length 1.4 Miles
Gauge Waldy Run near Emporium, PA
Flow Range 40 - 500 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 21 minutes ago 19.7 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 05/15/2005 12:44 am

River Description

Yeah, that's right. A 120+ ft/mile class TWO. Gives you an idea of how continuous it is, but it's a pretty cool little creek! Little is definitely the operative word with maybe 1/2 the width of the Black Moshannon, but it drops in a hurry. There's absolutely nothing on it that warrants a class III rating, or really even II+, but it's nonstop from the put-in (a strip mine access road about 0.3 mi above the SR 879 Bridge) to the Susquehanna. It's pretty much a boulder garden with a couple of ledges about 1/2 way down that add some excitement. There's even more than a couple surfing waves here and there. It's a perfect run for that class II-III boater who is wondering what the fuss is about this strange boating style known as "creeking".

As of 3/04, there's no wood on the entire stretch except for some rhododendron hanging into the sides at some places. Very clear. There's also a road along the whole thing, so you can scout from your car if you want. There's nice parking both on the strip mine road put-in and at the take-out on a little side road that crosses the creek just before it dumps in the mighty Susquehanna. You could easilly shuttle people up all day long and just play on the little drops. It's a gem.

Rapid Descriptions


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Tom Jimeson
13 years ago

as of 12-15-05 High water has knocked out the fallen tree that crossed the creek. I paddled Deer Creek at 137 CFS and it was a really good time. If ever anyone wants to paddle it when it is running, e-mail me and I would gladly run it again.

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michael yankevich
14 years ago

As of 3/15/05 there is a downed tree blocking the stream about a half mile from the 879 bridge. This can easily be seen from the road.

Summary of Gauge Readings

This creek is located just north of I-80 between Clearfield and Karthaus on SR 879 and is an excellent combination to Mosquito Creek or Black Moshannon Creek

The gauge listed is 15+ miles away, so treat it with a grain of salt. Deer Creek looked to be a solid medium level when the Waldy Run gauge was at 60cfm and the black mo was 9" on the visual bridge gauge (also 15 miles away).

Gauge NameReadingTimeComment
Waldy Run near Emporium, PA
AW Gauge Info
20 cfs 00h21m Reference gauge (15 miles distant, 5.24 sq.mi.) is only a possible indicator of runnability. Visual inspection is necessary.

Directions Description

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Ohiopyle State Park Updates River Regulations

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