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Difficulty IV
Length 3.6 Miles
Gauge CASSELMAN RIVER AT MARKLETON
Flow Range CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 second ago N/A
Reach Info Last Updated 03/26/2010 10:32 am

River Description


This one is very technical class 4 (not as technical as Cucumber Run in general), with one real gem. It's sort of an s-turn slide dropping probably about 12-15 feet. A little tricky, but certainly not class 5 under normal water levels.

 

Description from Rd. 3001: The few first miles are boogie water and most of the focus is
on avoiding rocks. It seemed like it was too low, but we found out eventually that when the gradient picks up, there was plenty of water.

The first scout-worthy drop was the 8-foot drop (I'd say it's more like 6) into a big hole with a few guardian rocks at the top. We ran center, avoiding pinning rocks, and boofed over the hole easily.

The next drop was the best one. It's a sequence of two slides and it's worth it to scout the entire rapid. After some more boogie, there's a sketchy slot drop on river right. It's easy to scout, and two of us decided on a sneak which entailed beaching ourselves on the boulder creating the left side of the slot and gorilla-walking to the end and plopping off.

Then came the tunnel. It's steep and seriously intimidating and the log at the end of it makes it moreso, but at the level we hit it at we scraped bottom for the second half of the tunnel which slowed us down enough to have the wits to duck the log. There are some fun waves and easily avoided holes on the Casselman from there to Harnedsville.

 

Thanks to Jeff Macklin for the putin coordinates (verified by GPS) and others who left helpful descriptive comments.

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John Duke
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1 year ago

From Fort Hill Road to the Casselman River is only 1.8 miles.

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9 years ago

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11 years ago

Google map link. I'm assuming a paddle-out the Casselman would be easiest. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&saddr=Fort+Hill+Rd&daddr=39.807151,-79.318972&hl=en&geocode=Fb-PXwIduHpG-w%3B&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=1&sz=14&sll=39.807217,-79.317513&sspn=0.032374,0.054932&ie=UTF8&ll=39.815393,-79.301548&spn=0.064741,0.109863&t=p&z=13

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12 years ago

mcclintock runs under the road then a road follows the creek. you can put in on the road that follows the creek at a pull off or i have heard of a church you could park at. the run is more boogy water than anything but the gradient picks up toward the casselman. three big drops are pretty close together (2nd and 3rd truly run into each other). first drop has good class III boogy leading into about an eight foot drop run down the center just right of a rock in the middle. 2nd and 3rd drop has you driving right to left behind a midstream boulder then down a slide on the left side which sets you up for the 3rd part of the drop where the creek necks down and cascades down a slide with a nasty looking rock in the middle but it doesn't seem to cause any problems. you must drive into an eddy on the right after the drops. we took out after this and hiked to the casselman (few eddies and maybe only one or two smaller drops). i didn't look at the last quarter mile that we walked due to beta at the time, but check it out yourself. the whole time hiking i was wishing i had checked the rest out and ran it (hard hike).

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Pennsylvania Dam Removal Conference to be Held January 31st.

1/9/2004
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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