Philadelphia Canoe Club

Lower Yough
 Date

 Trip Name / Location  Difficulty  Contact Info (for more details, scroll to descriptions at the bottom of this page)
 3/18Tohickon CreekIIIJoe Cunningham
joepaddles@gmail.com
Tohickon Creek
 3/29 Lower, Lower Lehigh I-II Looie:
Looielooie1@yahoo.com
 Lower, Lower begins at Glen Onoko, take out is at Dunbars. About 6 miles of flowing, some class 1 and 2 rapids. Easy warmup.
 3/30 Nescopeck II-III Looie:
Looielooie1@yahoo.com
 If water holds until Wednesday, weather looks nice, sunny, 50s.
 4/15 Mullica RiverFlatwater Heidi Schulze
 hmschulze@verizon.net
 
 4/30 Batsto River Flatwater Steve Levick
salevick@aol.com
 
 5/13 Manumuskin Creek FlatwaterDoug & Debbie Wechsler
carrwechsler@verizon.net
 A tributary of the Maurice River. Round trip from the put-in.
 5/19-5/21  Stony River Festival
Johnstown, PA
 III/IV  Joe Cunningham
joepaddles@gmail.com
www.benscreekcanoeclub.com/rendezvous 
 5/27 Lehigh River II/III Joe Cunningham
joepaddles@gmail.com
 
 5/27-5/28  5/29Lower Yough  III/IVTom Barrett tj.barrett@verizon.net  Lower Yough
 5/27-5/28 North Branch Potomac II/III Beth Fast
befast@verizon.net
 North Branch Potomac
 6/11  Lehigh River II/III Ron Watson
ronwatson1234@gmail.com
 
 Every Wednesday 
 June 15 - 
 Labor Day
 Weekly Flatrock Trips  I/II  Training@philacanoe.org  Click Here
 6/17 - 6/18 Stonycreek River III/IV Ron Watson
ronwatson1234@gmail.com
Stoneycreek River
 6/24 Lehigh RiverII/III  Looie Vorhees
looielooie1@yahoo.com
 Meeting at White Haven at 10 am.
 7/8 Pine Barrens Stream TBD Flatwater Heidi Schulze
hmschulze@verizon.net
 
 7/9 Lehigh River II/III  Ron Watson
ronwatson1234@gmail.com
 
 7/15 Pine Barrens Stream Trip Flatwater Looie Voorhees
looielooie1@yahoo.com
 
 7/22 Lehigh River II/III Aaron Weilerstein
aaronw22@verizon.net
 
 7/22 Schuylkill River; Potts-town-Linfield Flatwater Charlie Day
cday3416@verizon.net
 
 7/29-7/30  Stonycreek River  III/IV Ron Watson
ronwatson1234@gmail.com
 
 7/29 Wading River Stand Up
Paddle Board
 Looie Voorhees
looielooie1@yahoo.com
 Stand Up Paddle Board on moving water (Wading River). This is not a lesson, must have attended a class or be experienced. Also helpful to know how to navigate a flowing, twisty stream.
 7/29 Lehigh River II/II TBD 
 8/6 Lehigh River II/III Ron Watson
ronwatson1234@gmail.com
Stoneycreek River 
 8/4-8/6  First Timer's Lower Yough
Ohiopyle, PA
 III/IV Joe Cunningham
joepaddles@gmail.com
 Lower Youghiogheny
 8/12 Lehigh River II/III  TBD 
 8/19  Lehigh River  II/III TBD 
 9/2-9/4  Labor Day Yough
Ohiopyle, PA
 III/IV Aaron Weilerstein
aaronw22@verizon.net
 Lower Youghiogheny
 10/13-15 Trap Pond State Park; Camping Flatwater Heidi Schulze
hmschulze@verizon.net
 
 10/21 Rancocas River Flatwater David & Marion Brown 

Trip Schedule

PCC members coordinate trips down a number of different  rivers each season.  Some require different skills to run. Trips are listed by river, class and date. Select the trip that you are interested in for more information about the trip, and how to contact the trip organizer.Trips are added all the time, so check back here or on our calendar or forums often!  Click here for River Descriptions

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PCC Goes On Trips!  

The Philadelphia Canoe Club takes trips all over - locally, the US, Canada, and points further abroad..All trips are open to anyone, as long as they can paddle safely with us!

If you want to come along with us, feel free to find a trip you are interested in, and contact the person in charge of the event. In some cases, you can even sign up for the trip online. If you have questions about what you need for a specific trip, see the trip description, and consider contacting the listed contact for the event

In addition to one-and multi-day trips, there are short paddles leaving from the Club on a number of Wednesdays and Thursdays in the late afternoon. Non-members are welcome and equipment is available for rental. Check the list for dates, and—as for all trips—contact  the leader in advance.

Whitewater canoeing and kayaking requires training, and some specialized safety gear. To come along on one of our whitewater trips, you will need to have taken some previous training, either from one of our courses, or elsewhere. Skill level may also be a factor, as more difficult sections may require more training or experience. If you want to join us, and are just starting out, contact us about some training. If you have experience, and think you'd like to join a trip, contact the leader of that trip, to make sure the trip is a good fit for your skill level. 

To join us.. Contact the trip leader for the trip event you are interested in joining. Trip leaders MUST be contacted by all participants prior to event. You can NOT just show up at the put-in.

  1. In your email or phone message, identify trip by name of river and date.
  2. List full name(s) of all paddlers with contact phone numbers.
  3. List type and number of boats you will bring.
  4. If you have any concerns, please notify trip leader in advance.
  5. If you decide to cancel, please notify trip leader prior to event.

PCC Trip and Insurance Policy

Weekly Flatrock Trips

Meet at the club on Wednesday's at approximately 5pm to paddle the Schyulkill from Flatrock Dam to the Club.  Participation requires that you have taken a class with us or have successfully paddled whitewater with us in the past.  

Typically we start doing Wednesday night Flatrock paddles on the first wednesday after Memorial Day, and end them the Last Wednesday before Labor day.  

You don't need to have your own gear, you can rent gear and a boat for $10.

Non ACA members will need to pay additional $5.  

For more info contact training@philacanoe.org



Whitewater River Descriptions:

Please Note:This document represents one person's opinions about the character and difficulty of some of the rivers frequently paddled by the Philadelphia Canoe Club. It is emphatically NOT a guide, but more a grouping of relative difficulty using the writer's subjective interpretation of the AWA River Classification Scale.
Please consult the AWA Safety info, and Whitewater Accidents and Close Calls database which can be found on their website, under Safety.Readers should note that regional interpretations exist, and have changed over time. Ed Gertler's book Keystone Canoeing, and the Middle States volume of Appalachian Whitewater more thoroughly cover many of the rivers and streams covered here. Club members also boat a wide variety of rivers not listed here; rivers are listed either because we have them on the trip schedule, or because they are common whitewater reference points for area paddlers. The rivers listed here are rated at moderate levels (ie, the lower end of "that's a decent level") ; rivers frequently become harder with more water. River levels rise and fall, rapids change, strainers can appear overnight.Please have skills and equipment appropriate to the situation, or be willing to accept the consequences. Ratings are intended to be fairly conservative for the mid 1990s. Remember that 30 years ago Cucumber Rapid on the Lower Yough was listed as a Class 5. Higher and lower river levels offer different challenges, and a paddler who has only boated small creeky stuff will tend to be startled by the New or Ottawa.

The following rivers are rated on the AWA rating scale. This scale can be accessed through the AWA website AWA.org. If the numbers don't mean anything to you, it is a good idea to check in with local paddlers to get an idea of what you might be getting involved in. Streams within about 2 hours of Philadelphia may have a brief comment attached; out of state streams are indicated.
  


  • Penna&New Jersey Whitewater runs

  • Schuylkill below Flat Rock Dam to Philadelphia Canoe Club - 1+ at low summer levels. Higher levels offer more playing. Very high levels can be nasty for swimmers. (As of February 1997, all paddlers must carry around Flat Rock Dam or risk a heavy fine.)
  • Lehigh at 1000 cfs or less Walter Dam to White Haven 2 White Haven to Rockport 2-3 Rockport to Jim Thorp 2-3 from 1000 to 2500 cfs the sections of the Lehigh becomes more vigorous, with better playing, but longer swims. Levels above 2500cfs require a solid roll and appropriate skills. The Lehigh is scenic, crowded during scheduled releases, and can be cold in spring and fall.
  • Lower Black Creek 3-3+ at medium flow
  • Nescopeck below Rte 93 2+ at 1'. Lots of small stream maneuvering among many rocks set among rhododendron and hemlock. Due to coal mine drainage, this is a good one for the opening day of trout season.
  • Muddy Creek 2 (3, 5?) medium level Scenic and small, with one portageable drop much more severe than anything else on the river.
  • Lambertville Wing Dam 2+ at less than 4' on Riegelsville USGS gauge (1-800-431-4721) Always enough water, though frequently too high. Widely used training and play rapid, with multiple play spots, strong currents.
  • Scudders Falls on the Delaware offers good to excellent play from around 7000 CFS at Trenton up to maybe 50,000 CFS. It has changed recently, and probably will again. Formerly known primarily for its surfing wave, that wave has turned, as of 2007, into a good play hole for cartwheels, spins, loops and the latest hole move du jour. The hole is playable up to about 20,000. Above that level various play features along the fall line closer to the Pennsylvania come in. Occasional break ins have occurred, generally when few people are around. 
  • Darby Creek 2+
  • Mill Creek 3- small stream prone to strainers. Runs infrequently for a short time after hard rains.
  • Wickecheoke (NJ) 3 (4) The first 3 or 4 drops are the hardest. Below the covered bridge is generally 2+, with possibility of strainers. Needs substantial rain.
  • Lockatung (NJ) 3-4 at 8.5' (one mandatory dam carry, and a 12' waterfall which can be run on the right at some levels. This is a scenic Jersey creek about half the size of the Tohickon, with higher gradient.)
  • Tohickon 3+ at 2' There is a lot of playing on this creek, which runs for a day or so after hard rains, particularly outside of foliage season. Scheduled releases in March and November are generally extremely crowded. Gets more difficult above 3.5, and floodstage is at 5'. Above 3.5' the last half becomes more continuous, and swims can become long and thoroughly unpleasant.
  • Geddes Run 4-5 This Tohickon tributary stops running within maybe 2 hours after a long hard rain. This should always be scouted for strainers, due to the high velocity of the water and scarcity of useful eddies. One probably mandatory portage due to very high vertical pin potential.
  • Lower Youghiogheny 3+ at 2.5' Becomes pushy and harder above 4'
    Surf West Virginia
  • Cheat Canyon (W.Va.) 4 at 2' to 3'
  • New (W.Va.) 4 at 2.5'. Big, generally open rapids with lots of play and attendant big waves, big holes and strong eddy lines
  • Lower Gauley (W.Va.) 4 at 2500 cfs
  • Upper Gauley (W.Va.) 4-5 at 2500 cfs
  • Cheat Narrows (W.Va.) 3-
  • Middle Fork Tygart (W.Va.) 4 at 4'
  • Arden section of Tygart (W.Va.) 4 at 4'
  • Tygart Gorge (W.Va.) 4 (4+) at 4'
  • Lower Big Sandy (W.Va.) 4-5 at 6.2'
    Other States
  • Top Yough (MD) 4-5 at 2.2'
  • Upper Yough (MD) 4-5 at 2.1'
  • Deerfield, Monroe Bridge (Massachusetts) 3+ at 900 cfs
  • Black River (Watertown, NY) 4 (4+) 2500cfs
  • Ottawa (Ontario/Quebec) 4 at 3'


FLAT / MOVING RIVER DESCRIPTIONS:

  • Batsto River An excellent run through the undeveloped heart of wild Wharton State Forest. Put-ins at Rt. 206 or Quaker Bridge {more popular, but with a difficult access road). Not an easy shuttle--consider using an outfitter. Take out at Batsto Lake Canoe Launch. 
  • Batsto Lake to River—Round Trip   A pretty Pine Barrens lake and river, and an easy paddle, going upstream a couple of miles, stopping for lunch and maybe a swim, then back down to the put-in; no shuttle needed. Meet at Batsto Village Visitors Center and drive together to the Batsto Lake Canoe Launch.
  • Batsto-Mullica Loop   No Shuttle. Walk from take-out to put-in. Easy sections of Batsto (downstream) and Mullica (upstream).
  • Brandywine Creek   Shaw's Bridge Park to Woodlawn Wildife Preserve. Eleven miles of beautiful scenery in a Wyeth painting. Fairly easy paddle with swifts and 3 dams to negotiate. Gradient: 4 feet per mile.
  • Brandywine Creek (West Branch)   Corcorans Bridge to Shaw's Bridge park.  This trip, just under 7 miles, provides a picturesque portrait of a delightful section of rural Chester County. It features swifts, ledge drops and some rock gardens that require maneuvering, but the few rapids are mild. Landmarks include Northbrook Canoe Outfitters and a slice of the King Ranch with its Texas Longhorn cattle. Gradient: 5.27 feet per mile.
  • Cedar Creek   Girl Scout camp to Lanoka Harbor. One of our very favorite rivers. Challenging early on, but most of it is fairly easy, depending on water level. A must for those who have not run it. Average skills.
  • Cedar Creek--Upper   One of the twistiest rivers you'll ever be on. Very pretty stream. A challenge you'll enjoy.
  • Delaware River (Water Gap)   Dingman's Ferry to Kittatinny - This 27 mile section is within the National Recreation Area and is a free-flowing river graced with much scenic beauty. The water is clear and clean with abundant fish and wildlife. The current is swift in places with some class I rapids and ledge drops. Gradient: 1.85 feet per mile. This trip is a two day paddle with camping one night usually at the Hamilton Canoe / Camping Site on the New Jesey side.
  • Great Egg Harbor River  Weymouth Furnace to Lake Lenape. Fairly easy pine barrens river. Some tricky turns early on, easy middle and Lake Lenape at the end, where, if the the wind is in your face - Hell. If it's at your back - Heaven.
  • Great Egg Harbor River   Penny Pot to Weymouth Furnace. Moderately twisty, interesting stream of intermediate length. Paddlers need average or intermediate skills. Lot of swim and snack spots.
  • Lake Nockamixon   Paddle around the shores of this pretty lake. Practice your paddling skills. Have a picnic. Easy and fun- filled day.
  • Manumuskin Creek, Cumberland Co. A tributary of the Maurice River, this is a beautiful tidal creek surrounded by a wide freshwater marsh. It is not a Pine Barrens creek. There is no shade. We paddle up with the tide and back down against the tide. The put-in is muddy at low tide when we start. No shuttle needed.
  • Marsh Creek State Park--Family Day Come with your kids for a day of paddling and picnicking at Marsh Creek State Park. Pretty Lake. Teach, learn...Fun for all.
  • Maurice River   Here it is, with its poison ivy, its many carry-overs, its beauty and its incredible fun. Long trip. Don't make evening plans.
  • Mullica River   Pine Barrens through several habitats. Water level determines length - long or very long. A Wild and Scenic River.
  • Musconetcong River   Fascinating, exciting Class I-II river with ledge drops almost every 50 yards. Very rain dependent, Can be a scrape or a swift run.
  • Octoraro Creek   Class 1+ stream in southern Chester County, PA  into Cecil County, MD. Numerous ledge drops, swifts and rock gardens. Gradient: 9 feet per mile. Subsurface rocks can make this a challenging 15 mile run.
  • Oswego River   One of the prettiest and easiest streams in the Pine Barrens. Begins on Oswego Lake and ends on Harrisville Pond.
  • Penn's Creek   Mostly open, average current, some pretty scenery, some built-up areas.
  • Pennypack Creek   Krewstown Road to Rhawn Street - Pennypack Creek is a delightful urban waterway in one of Philadelphia's protected natural areas. This 3.6 mile section is entirely within Pennypack State Park. The creek is a small, low-volume stream dotted with rocks, shallows and swifts. Conventional wisdom suggests the Pennypack is unavigable, but if you don't mind scraping, it is worth the effort. The scenery along the creek is charming with hiking and equestrian trails lining the wooded banks. A 4-foot dam just upstream of Roosevelt Blvd. will have to be carried.
  • Pine Barrens Streams Several Pine Barrens streams already appear in this listing, but there are others, too. And the choice of a stream may depend on water conditions expected on the day of a trip. So if you find a trip listed as "Pine Barrens Stream TBD," contact the Trip Coordinator for details.
  • Rancocas River Go from Clark's, in Pemberton, NJ to Historic Smithville (learn about its unique bicycle railroad); if the water is running fast, continue on to Mt. Holly. An attractive trip with very little development along the way. Great fall foliage.
  • Schuylkill River, Mont Clare (Phoenixville) to Valley Forge  Put in at Lock 60 Park, take out at Betzwood Ramp, Valley Forge Park, a distance of about 8 miles. This is a very pretty part of our home river, with good water quality.
  • Schuylkill River, Pottstown to Linfield  This is an attractive portion of the Schuylkill River starting some 40 miles upstream from Philadelphia, with good water quality. Expect numerous riffles and easy Class I rapids and be prepared for a Class II standing wave at the former Vincent Dam.
  • Toms River   From the edge of the Pine Barrens into a city. Clean and pretty. A long trip but well worth it. Average skills needed.
  • Upper Tohickon Creek Dam Release - swift but mainly flat water, with a rollicking Class II wave train at the end. Experienced paddlers. Cold weather & water clothing necessary.
  • Wading River   Very popular river with lots of rentals, noise - yet a great paddle.  A pretty river with lots of places to stop including a dam. It's all there. Can be a very long trip.
  • Westecunk Creek   A Little gem of a trip. Begins as a twisty little river but slow, after a great lunch spot, opens up to a marsh, then to open bay. Lots of waterfowl. A challenge.
  • Wading River a popular and easy stream with several segments to choose from.  Full Moon Trip   Hawkin to Evans Bridge -  Paddle under the light of the full moon through the pine barrens on an intimate 5.2-mile section of the Wading River. Put-in is at Hawkin Bridge on Tulpehocken Creek after a bumpy night-time drive over sandy Friendship Road. Take-out is at Evans bridge on Route 563. This is a trip you won't soon forget.


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