Canoeable Streams in Western Pennsylvania

The data on canoeable stage levels are from Canoeing Guide to Western Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia, Eighth Edition, 1991, Pittsburgh Council American Youth Hostel (Page numbers indicated in first column) (Also available from Amazon.com). The current stage data are retrieved from the USGS Water Data for the Nation site, courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey.

PageCanoe TripGage
(links to more detail)
ConditionLow HighStageFeet above Low
86Raccoon Creek, Raccoon to MurdocksvilleRaccoon Creek at Moffatts Mill, PAtoo low2.5 2.02-0.48
87Raccoon Creek, Murdocksville to State Route 151Raccoon Creek at Moffatts Mill, PAtoo low2.4 2.02-0.38
88Raccoon Creek, State Route 151 to State Route 18Raccoon Creek at Moffatts Mill, PAtoo low2.4 2.02-0.38
90Beaver River, New Castle to WampumBeaver River at Wampum, PAcanoeable3.54.75.031.53
91Beaver River, Wampum to Ohio RiverBeaver River at Beaver Falls, PAcanoeable3.94.95.681.78
92Connoquenessing Creek, Zelienople to Country Club, Route 65Connoquenessing Creek near Zelienople, PAcanoeable1.83.52.050.25
93Connoquenessing Creek, Country Club to FriscoConnoquenessing Creek near Zelienople, PAcanoeable1.73.52.050.35
94Connoquenessing Creek, Frisco to Ellport ParkConnoquenessing Creek near Zelienople, PAcanoeable1.63.02.050.45
96Connoquenessing Creek, Ellport Park to Ellwood City Sewer PlantConnoquenessing Creek near Zelienople, PAcanoeable1.63.02.050.45
97Connoquenessing Creek, Ellwood City Sewer Plant to Beaver RiverConnoquenessing Creek near Zelienople, PAcanoeable1.6 2.050.45
98Slippery Rock Creek, State Route 173 (Rock Falls Park) to Moores CornersSlippery Rock Creek at Wurtemburg, PAtoo low2.3 1.86-0.44
99Slippery Rock Creek, Moores Corners to US Route 19 (Kennedy Mills)Slippery Rock Creek at Wurtemburg, PAtoo low1.9 1.86-0.04
100Slippery Rock Creek, US Route 19 (Kennedy Mills) to Rose PointSlippery Rock Creek at Wurtemburg, PAcanoeable1.5 1.860.36
101Slippery Rock Creek, Rose Point to Breakneck (Eckert Bridge)Slippery Rock Creek at Wurtemburg, PAcanoeable1.02.01.860.86
104Slippery Rock Creek, Breakneck (Eckert Bridge) to Harris BridgeSlippery Rock Creek at Wurtemburg, PAcanoeable1.02.51.860.86
105Slippery Rock Creek, Harris Bridge to Ellport ParkSlippery Rock Creek at Wurtemburg, PAcanoeable1.33.01.860.56
108Wolf Creek, Grove City to Courtneys MillsSlippery Rock Creek at Wurtemburg, PAcanoeable1.64.61.860.26
115Yellow Creek (Butler County), Middle Lancaster to Little ConnoquenessingConnoquenessing Creek near Zelienople, PAtoo low3.0 2.05-0.95
116Shenango River, Pymatuning Dam to GreenvilleShenango River at Pymatuning Dam, PAcanoeable4.65.65.080.48
117Shenango River, Greenville to Hew HamburgShenango River near Transfer, PAcanoeable2.5 2.970.47
118Shenango River, Hew Hamburg to Sharpsville DamShenango River near Transfer, PAcanoeable2.5 2.970.47
125Little Shenango River, Osgood to GreenvilleLittle Shenango River at Greenville, PAcanoeable2.0 2.200.2
126Crooked Creek (Mercer County), Hartstown to OsgoodLittle Shenango River at Greenville, PAcanoeable2.0 2.200.2
140Allegheny River, Coudersport to SalamancaAllegheny River at Port Allegany, PAtoo low3.0 2.30-0.7
140Allegheny River, Coudersport to SalamancaAllegheny River at Eldred, PAtoo low4.6 3.02-1.58
142Allegheny River, Kinzua Dam to West MontereyAllegheny River at Franklin, PAcanoeable1.74.94.112.41
152Buffalo Creek (Armstrong County), Worthington to West WinfieldBuffalo Creek near Freeport, PAcanoeable1.62.61.670.07
153Buffalo Creek (Armstrong County), West Winfield to FreeportBuffalo Creek near Freeport, PAtoo low1.72.81.67-0.03
155Kiskiminetas River, Saltsburg to SalinaKiskiminetas River at Vandergrift, PAcanoeable3.58.04.130.63
156Kiskiminetas River, Salina to FreeportKiskiminetas River at Vandergrift, PAcanoeable 5.84.13 
157Loyalhanna Creek, Rector to LigonierLoyalhanna Creek at Kingston, PAtoo low4.55.31.86-2.64
158Loyalhanna Creek, Ligonier to Kingston DamLoyalhanna Creek at Kingston, PAtoo low3.25.31.86-1.34
159Loyalhanna Creek, Kingston Dam to LatrobeLoyalhanna Creek at Kingston, PAtoo low3.45.01.86-1.54
163Fourmile Run, State Route 130 to DarlingtonLoyalhanna Creek at Kingston, PAtoo low4.56.01.86-2.64
165Mill Creek (Westmoreland County), Waterford to LigonierLoyalhanna Creek at Kingston, PAtoo low4.56.01.86-2.64
166Conemaugh River, Johnstown to New FlorenceConemaugh River at Seward, PAtoo low3.0 2.26-0.74
167Conemaugh River, New Florence to TorranceConemaugh River at Seward, PAtoo low2.44.02.26-0.14
170Blacklick Creek, Wehrum to HeshbonBlacklick Creek at Josephine, PAtoo low4.1 3.11-0.99
171Blacklick Creek, Heshbon to JosephineBlacklick Creek at Josephine, PAtoo low3.84.63.11-0.69
176Two Lick Creek, Homer City (State Route 56 Bridge) to Blacklick BridgeTwo Lick Creek at Graceton, PAtoo low2.5 2.37-0.13
179Yellow Creek, Ferrier Run Road to State Route 954 BridgeYellow Creek near Homer City, PAtoo low2.3 1.95-0.35
180Yellow Creek, State Route 954 Bridge to State Route 56 BridgeYellow Creek near Homer City, PAtoo low2.3 1.95-0.35
182Blacklick Creek, South Branch, Nanty Glo to VintondaleBlacklick Creek at Josephine, PAtoo low5.5 3.11-2.39
187Little Conemaugh River, South Fork to JohnstownConemaugh River at Seward, PAtoo low2.74.02.26-0.44
194Bens Creek, North Fork of Bens Creek to Stony CreekStonycreek River at Ferndale, PAtoo low4.0 2.59-1.41
196Shade Creek, Dark Shade Creek to Sony CreekStonycreek River at Ferndale, PAtoo low3.64.62.59-1.01
199Dark Shade Creek, Cairnbrook to Clear Shade CreekStonycreek River at Ferndale, PAtoo low3.6 2.59-1.01
202Crooked Creek, Creekside to SheloctaCrooked Creek at Idaho, PAcanoeable2.75.03.310.61
202Crooked Creek, Shelocta to GirtyCrooked Creek at Idaho, PAcanoeable3.04.73.310.31
204Crooked Creek, Girty to Cochrans MillsCrooked Creek at Idaho, PAcanoeable2.74.03.310.61
212Mahoning Creek, Big Run (Upper Bridge) to Punxsutawney (State Route 436 Bridge)Mahoning Creek at Punxsutawney, PAtoo low2.2 2.13-0.07
213Mahoning Creek, Punxsutawney (State Route 436 Bridge) to Lower Valier BridgeMahoning Creek at Punxsutawney, PAtoo low2.2 2.13-0.07
214Mahoning Creek, Valier to State Route 839 Access Area (Milton Loop Boat Launch)Little Mahoning Creek at McCormick, PAcanoeable1.92.62.670.77
221Little Mahoning Creek, Upstream of US Route 119 to State Route 210Little Mahoning Creek at McCormick, PAtoo low3.0 2.67-0.33
222Little Mahoning Creek, State Route 210 to McCormickLittle Mahoning Creek at McCormick, PAtoo low3.0 2.67-0.33
222Little Mahoning Creek, McCormick to State Route 954 (Smicksburg)Little Mahoning Creek at McCormick, PAtoo low3.0 2.67-0.33
223Little Mahoning Creek, State Route 954 (Smicksburg) to the 'Forks' Junction with MahoningLittle Mahoning Creek at McCormick, PAtoo low3.0 2.67-0.33
225Red Bank Creek, Brookville to SummervilleRedbank Creek at St. Charles, PAtoo low3.8 3.57-0.23
226Red Bank Creek, Summerville to New BethlehemRedbank Creek at St. Charles, PAtoo low3.85.53.57-0.23
227Red Bank Creek, New Bethlehem to Allegheny RiverRedbank Creek at St. Charles, PAtoo low3.66.93.57-0.03
229Little Sandy Creek (Jefferson County), Worthville to Mayport (Red Blank Creek)Redbank Creek at St. Charles, PAtoo low6.3 3.57-2.73
231Red Bank Creek, North Fork, Richardsville to Dr. Walter W. Dick Park in BrookvilleRedbank Creek at St. Charles, PAtoo low4.58.03.57-0.93
233Sandy Lick Creek, Reynoldsville to BrookvilleRedbank Creek at St. Charles, PAtoo low4.36.03.57-0.73
234Mill Creek (Jefferson County), Allen Mills to Port BarnettRedbank Creek at St. Charles, PAtoo low7.0 3.57-3.43
236Clarion River, Johnsonburg to RidgwayClarion River at Johnsonburg, PAtoo low2.2 2.18-0.02
237Clarion River, Ridgway to CooksburgClarion River at Ridgway, PAcanoeable3.0 3.430.43
238Clarion River, Cooksburg to Mill CreekClarion River at Cooksburg, PAcanoeable2.3 3.000.7
241Toby Creek (Clarion County), State Route 1013 to State Game Lands 72Clarion River at Cooksburg, PAtoo low7.0 3.00-4
242Toby Creek (Clarion County), State Game Lands 72 to Clarion LakeClarion River at Cooksburg, PAtoo low6.5 3.00-3.5
243Mill Creek (Clarion County), 2nd Bridge below State Route 949 to Clarion LakeClarion River at Cooksburg, PAtoo low6.5 3.00-3.5
245Millstone Creek, West Branch, Forest Service Road 130 to Clarion RiverClarion River at Ridgway, PAtoo low8.59.53.43-5.07
246Millstone Creek, East Branch, Gurgling Run to Loleta Recreation AreaClarion River at Ridgway, PAtoo low8.0 3.43-4.57
247Millstone Creek, East Branch, Loleta Recreation Area to Clarion RiverClarion River at Ridgway, PAtoo low6.0 3.43-2.57
248Spring Creek, Duhring to HalltonWest Branch Clarion River at Wilcox, PAtoo low2.5 1.35-1.15
249Spring Creek, East Branch, Pigs Ear to DuhringClarion River at Ridgway, PAtoo low7.0 3.43-3.57
250Bear Creek (Elk County), Forest Service Road 339 to Junction with Clarion at ArroyoClarion River at Ridgway, PAtoo low7.0 3.43-3.57
251Little Toby Creek (Elk County), Brockway to Clarion RiverWest Branch Clarion River at Wilcox, PAtoo low2.0 1.35-0.65
252Mill Creek (Elk County), State Route 948 to Ridgway ReservoirWest Branch Clarion River at Wilcox, PAtoo low4.3 1.35-2.95
253Mill Creek (Elk County), Ridgway Reservoir to Clarion RiverWest Branch Clarion River at Wilcox, PAtoo low4.3 1.35-2.95
253Elk Creek, Daguscahonda to RidgwayWest Branch Clarion River at Wilcox, PAtoo low4.3 1.35-2.95
256Clarion River, West Branch, Rocky Run to JohnsonburgWest Branch Clarion River at Wilcox, PAtoo low2.03.01.35-0.65
256Clarion River, West Branch, Rocky Run to JohnsonburgClarion River at Ridgway, PAtoo low4.5 3.43-1.07
258Sandy Creek, Goddard State Park to RaymiltonOil Creek at Rouseville, PAtoo low4.0 2.71-1.29
259Sandy Creek, Raymilton to PecanOil Creek at Rouseville, PAtoo low3.0 2.71-0.29
260South Sandy Creek, State Game Lands 39 to PecanOil Creek at Rouseville, PAtoo low4.56.52.71-1.79
261East Sandy Creek, Van to Allegheny RiverOil Creek at Rouseville, PAtoo low3.5 2.71-0.79
265French Creek, Cambridge Springs to SeagertownFrench Creek at Meadville, PAcanoeable2.0 4.132.13
266French Creek, Seagertown to CochrantonFrench Creek at Meadville, PAcanoeable2.0 4.132.13
269Sugar Creek, Cooperstown to French CreekOil Creek at Rouseville, PAtoo low3.75.02.71-0.99
271Sugar Creek, East Branch, Wallaceville to CooperstownOil Creek at Rouseville, PAtoo low4.5 2.71-1.79
277Oil Creek, Centerville to TitusvilleOil Creek at Rouseville, PAtoo low3.05.02.71-0.29
277Oil Creek, Titusville to RousevilleOil Creek at Rouseville, PAcanoeable2.55.02.710.21
279Pithole Creek, Pithole to OleopolisOil Creek at Rouseville, PAtoo low4.05.02.71-1.29
285Salmon Creek, Forest Service Road 128 to Forest Service Road 145Clarion River at Cooksburg, PAtoo low8.0 3.00-5
286Salmon Creek, Forest Service Road 145 to KellettvilleClarion River at Cooksburg, PAtoo low8.0 3.00-5
291Kinzua Creek, Westline to Forest Service Road 150 (Meade Run)Kinzua Creek near Guffey, PAtoo low3.0 2.24-0.76
308Youghiogheny River, Confluence to OhioPyle (The Middle Yough)Youghiogheny River below Confluence, PAcanoeable1.83.52.290.49
311Youghiogheny River, OhioPyle to Bruner Run (The Lower Yough)Youghiogheny River below Confluence, PAcanoeable1.93.52.290.39
311Youghiogheny River, Bruner Run to South ConnellsvilleYoughiogheny River below Confluence, PAtoo low2.4 2.29-0.11
314Youghiogheny River, South Connellsville to DawsonYoughiogheny River at Connellsville, PAcanoeable2.14.52.630.53
315Youghiogheny River, Dawson to WhitsettYoughiogheny River at Connellsville, PAcanoeable2.14.52.630.53
316Youghiogheny River, Whitsett to McKeesport (The Bottom Yough)Youghiogheny River at Connellsville, PAcanoeable2.04.52.630.63
322Jacobs Creek, Chaintown to town of Jacobs Creek at Youghiogheny RiverYoughiogheny River at Connellsville, PAtoo low4.76.92.63-2.07
326Indian Creek, Jones Mills to Indianhead Lake on State Route 381Laurel Hill Creek at Ursina, PAtoo low2.0 1.20-0.8
327Indian Creek, Indianhead Lake on State Route 381 to Youghiogheny River at Camp CarmelLaurel Hill Creek at Ursina, PAtoo low2.0 1.20-0.8
328Meadow Run, State Route 381 to State Route 2011Laurel Hill Creek at Ursina, PAtoo low2.1 1.20-0.9
329Meadow Run, State Route 2011 to Youghiogheny RiverLaurel Hill Creek at Ursina, PAtoo low2.1 1.20-0.9
330US 40 Grantsville, Md. to Salisbury, Pa.Casselman River at Markleton, PAtoo low2.8 1.34-1.46
331Casselman River, Salisbury to GarrettCasselman River at Markleton, PAtoo low2.7 1.34-1.36
332Casselman River, Garrett to RockwoodCasselman River at Markleton, PAtoo low2.23.61.34-0.86
334Casselman River, Rockwood to MarkletonCasselman River at Markleton, PAtoo low2.13.51.34-0.76
335Casselman River, Markleton to Fort HillCasselman River at Markleton, PAtoo low2.03.51.34-0.66
338Casselman River, Fort Hill to HarnedsvilleCasselman River at Markleton, PAtoo low2.04.01.34-0.66
339Casselman River, Harnedsville to ConfluenceCasselman River at Markleton, PAtoo low2.04.01.34-0.66
340Laurel Hill Creek, Laurel Hill State Park to Whipkey DamLaurel Hill Creek at Ursina, PAtoo low2.1 1.20-0.9
341Laurel Hill Creek, Whipkey Dam to UrsinaLaurel Hill Creek at Ursina, PAtoo low1.93.11.20-0.7
339Whites Creek, Unamis to HarnedsvilleCasselman River at Markleton, PAtoo low5.0 1.34-3.66
349Redstone Creek, Smock to AlbanyRedstone Creek at Waltersburg, PAcanoeable0.8 1.300.5

Notes:

  1. The low column represents the lowest possible stage reading at which the canoe trip is runnable. The high column, if available, represents the highest possible stage reading at which the canoe trip is runnable. These data are from Canoeing Guide to Western Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia, Eighth Edition, 1991, Pittsburgh Council American Youth Hostel. Some of the low and high data are more reliable than others. The book mentions when the data are tentative. You should check the book before relying on the data in the above table. The Canoeing Guide has valuable information about each canoe trip. I highly recommend that you use the book along with this table. I've listed page numbers from the text for your convenience.

  2. You should consider the flow rate as well as the stage when you determine if a stream is runnable. Appendix F in Canoeing Guide to Western Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia gives detailed information about using gage data.

  3. The Army Corps of Engineers maintains an excellent page about the Youghiogheny River's condition at the Yough Weekend Recreational Outlook page.

  4. Each gage in the gage column links to the USGS page for that gage. This page gives flow rates, graphs of gage data over the past week, and other useful information.

  5. If you are interested in only a few particular river trips, you can retrieve just those trips' data using their page numbers. For example, to get the data for the Casselman River trips, pages 331 through 339, go to http://www.learningdesign.com/cgi-local/rivergage?page=331,332,334,335,338,339.

  6. The author of this program accepts no liability for the reliability or applicability of this data. Check the two sources of this data for their liability statements, if they have any.

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P.S. I don't have much experience in canoeing these rivers, so I'm the wrong person to ask about their navigability. Check the Canoeing Guide of Western Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia.