UPDATE: this trip is taking on a life of it’s own! There is now a good group of people planning to camp on Friday, 5/24 at Crooked Creek along with wilderness camping on Saturday, 5/25. If you think you might go, contact us directly via email or Facebook and we’ll get you on board!
REGISTER HERE, and we’ll send updates with final details on this paddle. You can also contact us with questions.
Pine Creek, which twists through the beautiful Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, was everything we hoped when we kayaked it for the first time last year.
We’re talking beautiful rock walls, lovely clear water, and some truly exciting water.
Speaking of which, let us emphasize – the water is exciting. That’s what makes this trip so much fun – parts of it are like a roller coaster through the best possible scenery. The rapids are no more than Class I or Class II, similar to the Delaware, and nothing terribly technical. But you’ll have a lot more fun if you’re prepared for the possibility that you might tip over, like three members of our party did last year.
It’s also deep enough to run only through May, usually. If the water is too low, we’ll switch to a different section, above the canyon, which should be high enough, though less thrilling.
Our Fearless Organizer, Bill Deaton, is planning this as a two-day trip, with a campout wherever we decide to pull off along the river Saturday night. (We were jealous of the folks we saw camping creekside last year.)
If the water is cold, anyone can rent a wet suit at the last minute from the outfitters. And if you want to make a longer trip of it, there are several campgrounds nearby, a very popular biking trail along the river, and some wonderful hiking trails above the canyon.
Paddle: as always, Canoe and Brew is a FREE event!
If you’d like to use the outfitter shuttle or boat rental, prices are as follows:
- Shuttle: $15 per head, including your boat.
- Kayak Rentals: $35 per person – all single-person.
- Canoes: $25 per person – requires two people at $25 each.
Note: if you need a boat, contact the outfitter NOW because they’ll run low on boats. If you just want the shuttle, there’s no need to contact the outfitter individually this time – just register here with how many of your group will use the shuttle.
SCHEDULE: Details are developing faster than I can update the website, so just contact us directly via email or Facebook and we’ll get you on board!
Rattlesnake Rock parking area (link to map here) to load boats.
Pine Creek Outfitters boat launch, Ansonia. (link to map here.)
Crooked Creek Campground (link to map here.)