Deer Creek - Above SR 879 to W. Branch Susquehanna R. confluence

Deer Creek, Pennsylvania, US


Above SR 879 to W. Branch Susquehanna R. confluence

Usual Difficulty II (for normal flows)
Length 1.4 Miles
Avg. Gradient 120 fpm
Max Gradient 130 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Waldy Run near Emporium, PA
usgs-01542810 40 - 500 cfs II 01h08m 6.7 cfs (too low)

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.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2005-05-15 00:44:09


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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January 3 2006 (4725 days ago)
Tom JimesonDetails
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.
March 15 2005 (5019 days ago)
michael yankevichDetails
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.

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