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Difficulty II
Length 0.4 Miles
Gauge French Creek near Wattsburg, PA
Flow Range 4.90 - 10.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 4.8 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 03/21/2009 10:12 am

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This is some of  the only known whitewater in the French Creek watershed, but is indeed pretty good.  You can park at an old factory just after crossing the creek going north on Route 8.  The trip is so short that it is best to walk your boat and surf your way through the ledges from the railroad bridge and take out about 150 yards above Route 8 where the ledges terminate.  The carry is short as you walk your boat up the right hand bank, cross the factory lot, walk up Market Street and take the railroad tracks and put in on the other side of the bridge.  The ledges get better as you head down from the railroad bridge.  The last one can have a huge hole in the center of the creek when the water is up nicely, so these ledges don't likely wash out.  It has very nice features for doing doughnuts.  There are places to do enders too if there is plenty of water.  With this in town run and nicely structured ledges, it almost has the feel of a customized streambed surf park.  The gauge is a good educated guess, but I wouldn't count on it being exact yet.  It is on the main branch of French Creek about 15 miles north and is about the same size.  The guage will likely read significantly higher than it should be in the months of March and April due to melt off from Peek n' Peak ski resort which will only affect the main branch.

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The gauge is a good educated guess, but I wouldn't count on it being exact yet.  It is on the main branch of French Creek about 15 miles north and is about the same size.  The guage will likely read significantly higher than it should be in the months of March and April due to melt off from Peek n' Peak ski resort which will only affect the main branch.

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Army Corps Study Threatens Lehigh River Boating

1/3/2020
Bob Nasdor

Paddlers on the Lehigh River below the Francis E. Walter Dam and Reservoir are concerned that a planned study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its partners, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection will lead to a reduction in whitewater boating opportunities on the Lehigh. The study will evaluate the feasibility of various alternatives to optimize project operation. Aside from the project's authorized primary missions of flood risk management and recreation, the study will also consider water supply and water quality, to identify possible improvements to the existing structure, infrastructure, and operations that will support current and future demands within the region. The Army Corps is holding a public meeting on January 9, 2020 at the Mountain Laurel Resort in White Haven, PA from 6-8 p.m. to explain the study and hear public comments. American Whitewater, Appalachian Mountain Club, and other organizations are expected to file comments with the Army Corps prior to the September 29th deadline in order to share our concerns about the study and potential impacts on boating, the outdoor recreation economy, and the Delaware RIver Basin. We encourage our members to attend the public meeting to voice their concerns.




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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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