Schuylkill - Flat Rock Dam

Schuylkill, Pennsylvania, US


Flat Rock Dam

Usual Difficulty I (for normal flows)
Length 0.1 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Schuylkill River at Philadelphia, PA
usgs-01474500 1000 - 4000 cfs I 00h41m 3410 cfs (running)

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.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2006-01-29 08:10:21

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User Comments

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May 8 2007 (4273 days ago)
brumbelow (145314)
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.