Where to Whitewater Boat
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Lehigh Gorge: The Lehigh River carves through the park in a steep-walled canyon. It is one of the most scenic rivers in America and features Class II-III whitewater boating. Explore Lehigh Gorge for more information and a list of licensed concessionaires.
McConnells Mill: Slippery Rock Creek is a Class II to IV river, depending on water level. Spring and fall are the best times for boating. Boaters generally start from Rose Point (US 422 bridge), outside of the park boundary, and boat to Eckert Bridge, covering 2.5 miles with a portage around the dam at the Old Mill. It is illegal to “run” the dam. Boaters must stay at least 50 feet from the boil at the base of the dam. An additional 3.5 miles of whitewater from Eckert Bridge to Harris Bridge can extend the run for boaters to 6 miles. Rafts, canoes and kayaks are not available for rent in the park. Explore McConnells Mill for more information.
Nockamixon: Water is released from the dam on the first full weekend of November and the third weekend in March. The release provides an opportunity for whitewater enthusiasts to experience the thrilling run down Tohickon Creek to the Delaware River. Class IV rapids are sometimes achieved.
Ohiopyle: A focal point of the area is the more than 14 miles of the Youghiogheny [yaw-ki-gay-nee] River Gorge that passes through the heart of the park. The "Yough" [yawk] provides some of the best whitewater boating in the Eastern U. S. as well as spectacular scenery.
There is a fee to reserve a launch time at Ohiopyle State Park. Explore Ohiopyle for more information and a list of licensed concessionaires.
Ralph Stover: When high water conditions exist, Tohickon Creek offers a challenging course for closed deck canoes and kayaks. Water releases from Lake Nockamixon occur on the first full weekend of November and the third weekend in March. Explore Ralph Stover for more information.
Worlds End: Whitewater boaters may use Loyalsock Creek at any time of the year, although the area by the swimming beach is closed during the summer. The best water is March to May. Due to rapid fluctuations in water level, kayakers should inquire about conditions before coming to the park. The stream is NOT suitable for open canoes.