This description is for the section from Rockwood, PA to Markleton, PA which is about 7 miles long. The putin is on the river left/downstream side of the Rockdale Rd. Bridge in the center of Rockwood, PA where there's plenty of parking. At moderate to low water levels there are a few ledges that form play waves or eddies to catch, but nothing more than Class II+. At high water, it's a wash with powerful current that takes some boat control to leave the put-in. Take-out is on river left/downstream side of the Markleton Bridge if you have a PA Fish and Boat Comm. sticker or on river right/upstream side of the Markleton Bridge if you don't.
Area CampingOhiopyle state parkLaurel Hill state park
These state parks will not allow any rowdy-ness or ALCOHOL.
There are also a number of private campgrounds in the area.
NIce Intermediate class II. Ran on 10/06/2018 at approximately 2.60 ft. in perception swiftwater kayaks. My girlfriend and I are still learning how to read the water having only played on class I and one other class II the Middle Yough both great runs to learn on. I did take a swim on this stretch of river but not due to it being a technically difficult rapid more so due to inexperience and that I was running too close to my partner and wasn't able to read the best route until I took the wrong one lol. I guess everyone gets dumped at some point and that's a learning experience as well. A couple pointers for those planning on running this stretch of river there is no cell service in the area so make sure you screenshot directions before you leave to the take out at Markelton and from there to the put in at Rockwood. Plus directions home. We had to just kind of blindly follow one lane roads through corn fields following the lay of the land trying to stay close to the river to find the put in after dropping off the takeout vehicle. Also be aware that there is a PA Fish & Boat Commission official that regularly monitors the park at Markleton so make sure you have your PA Fish & Boat Commission launch permit stickers on your watercraft if exiting river left at the launch area or alternatively exit river right under the bridge to avoid any hassles. There is a 150 dollar fine for not having the stickers so keep that in mind.
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Permits are not required for this reach.
From the Markleton Bridge take-out, go east on Markleton School Rd. Markleton School Rd. will turn mostly north and continue on it for roughly 11.5 miles. Where it ends at Rockdale Rd., turn left (west) and follow Rockdale Rd. 0.25 miles to the Rockdale Rd. bridge. Just before the bridge (river left/downstream side of the bridge) turn left into the parking area. From Rockwood put-in go east on Rockdale Rd for 0.25 miles and turn right onto Markleton School Rd. Follow Markleton School Road South for roughly 11.5 miles to the Markleton Bridge.
Between Rockwood & Markleton
fun class 2+
Ed hangin low
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This past fall American Whitewater met with Ohiopyle State Park managers to discuss possible updates to their whitewater paddling regulations. The first topic was to change the rules governing raft sizes at different water levels to recognize the capabilities of self-bailing rafts. Shorter self-bailing boats will now be allowed to run the river at high water. Some small changes to the regulations will make Ohiopyle Falls more accessible to paddlers. A change in the way the gauge is interpreted should make the falls "legal" on more days. Although whitewater paddlers are only one part of the vast public that visits the park, every effort was made to accommodate them while avoiding user conflicts and safety hazards. Special thanks goes to Ken Bisbee, Ohiopyle State Park Operations Manager and John Hallas, a former Ohiopyle State Park Operations Manager who is now Director of State Parks. Click here to read the updated Ohiopyle River Regulations:
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