Lehighton levels - best indicator of higher water in gorge
- Streamflow: 2160 ft³/s
- Gage height: 4.41 ft
About 3000 cfs, class 3, as water starts to flow thru trees on the banks making getting out from swims much trickier and therefore swimming more consequential. Though mostly avoidable, holes are getting pretty substantial.
Minimum Water Flow Level * 600 cfs (as usual depending on the tolerance for scrapiness). Locals often run lower or play at Glen Onoko.
Maximum Water Flow Level *13000 cfs.
KCCNY runs trips/events on all or part of 4 sections of the Lehigh. However, only the Upper, from White Haven to Rockport, the Lower, from Rockport to Glen Onoko need be mentioned here as only they can reach 3 or harder levels.
The Army Corps of Engineers, which controls the Francis E. Walter Dam, annually announces plans for projected release levels for weekend releases.
This is a popular of the releases, and utilized by rafting companies, who employ experienced guides to accompany their trips.
In addition, the Lehigh is often runnable following a hard rain. It is an excellent introduction to Class II-III water (again, depending on river levels) for those ready to take that step.
Evacuation Plan * Park Rangers patrol the river and adjacent trails and could be summoned if emergency assistance is required. There is a former rail-bed and now a bike trail suitable for vehicles and patrolled by the Park Rangers on the river right side from White Haven to Glen Onoko.
Cell phone service is spotty in the gorge. During release weekends, help can often be summoned by one of the many bikers on the rail trail.
- Lehigh Weekend - Sat, Jun 10 - Sun, Jun 11 - All Day