class 3 whitewater river not yet submitted for approval for insured trips to ACA for official KCCNY trips.

Address (the put in for rivers)
501 Main St
White Haven
PA, 18661
United States


The Lehigh is a great beginning whitewater river with frequent and well attended summer releases.
River Classification *II – III

Lehighton levels - best indicator of higher water in gorge

  • Streamflow: -999999 ft³/s
  • Gage height: 2.79 ft
Streamflow Graph Gage height Graph
USGS

Below 3000 cfs, class 2+.
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.
Nearest City and State *White Haven, PA
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.

Description *
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.

Final release amounts and durations for white water events will be determined and posted on the Army Corps of Engineers Lehigh Dam webpage and Facebook pages the Wednesday prior to the event.

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.

 

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