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Difficulty I
Length 0.1 Miles
Gauge Schuylkill River at Philadelphia, PA
Flow Range 1000 - 4000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 56 minutes ago 1280 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 01/29/2006 8:10 am

River Description


We paddled our kayaks over a 20 ft waterfall/dam illegally on the Schuykill, just upstream of Philly. You can see the dam from Rt 76. Super fun. That is a record for me and waterfalls. Gotta lean in towards the dam and brace on which ever side you're leaning your boat. Kinda scary from the top, but going over the edge felt like going down a body slide at a waterpark. Real smooth. Got it all on video.

As always, be very careful around dams.

The Philadelphia Canoe Club has permits to run this legally, which it does often. There are several miles of of Class I-II whitewater from here to the Belmont Avenue Bridge. Anne's Rock Rapid, which offers good high-water pop-ups, is just upstream. Then there's another mile of flatwater to the Canoe Club, which is at the junction of Wissahickon Creek and the Schuylkill. The club is just off Ridge Avenue, before the entrance to the Schuylkill expressway.

Rapid Descriptions


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Philadelphia Canoe Club
13 years ago

We wanted to correct an inaccuracy in the previous posting. The Philadelphia Canoe Club does not have a permit to run the Dam. It has been illegal to run the dam since 1997. Although the dam was design to allow safe decents by experience paddlers at some levels, other levels can be very dangerous if not fatal. The Philadelphia Canoe Club advises to obey the law and portage the dam.

Gage Descriptions

Very limited info on this one. Lower flows are strongly recommended.

A nasty recirc begins to form on the river-left side about 4000 cfs. As the flow rises toward 6000, the recirc gets bigger and extends further from the left side. Scout and take all precautions, especially at high water!

Directions Description

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Date Flow Result Factor  
2008-06-28 Low Fatality Other Read More
1992-03-31 High Near Miss/Rescue One Boat Trip Read More
1990-08-26 Medium Fatality One Boat Trip Read More



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Pennsylvania Dam Removal Conference to be Held January 31st.

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.

Matt Muir


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