Canoeing Guide to Western Pennsylvania

Ninth Edition - 2005

 Compiled by Roy R. Weil and Mary Shaw

and

The Western Pennsylvania Canoeing Community


Published by the Pittsburgh Council
Hostelling International
Pittsburgh Council
PO Box 53067
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219
 We are in the process of doing the final edits and hope to have the guide available sometime in spring 2008.

Check back here around the middle of April to find out how to order a copy.

 

There is a draft version of the new guide available at http://www.canoedraft.shaw-weil.com.  We ask that you read about rivers that you have recently canoed and let us know if the writeup is corect and /or any changes.


Table of Contents

 On Judgment and Personal Responsibility................................................ vi
  Introduction ......................................................................................... 2
Canoeing in Western Pennsylvania
  Varieties of Paddling Opportunities ................................................4
  National Wild & Scenic River System..............................................8
  The Pennsylvania Scenic Rivers Program .....................................10
  The Pennsylvania Water Trails Program.......................................13
  Legal Matters ..................................................................................... 15
  The Federal Dam Relicensing Program .........................................18
Canoe Safety
  Whitewater Hazards to Life ............................................................ 19
  High Water Hazards......................................................................... 20
  Checking Water Levels..................................................................... 21
  Hazards of the River Bank ............................................................... 24
  Hospital Locations ............................................................................ 25
  Clothing.............................................................................................. 25
  American Whitewater Affiliation Safety Code ............................. 27
  International Scale of River Difficulty............................................37
  Canoeing Safety Rules...................................................................... 39
Organizing Canoe Trips
  Equipment Checklist ........................................................................ 40
  Favorite AYH Trips for One Day Canoeing .................................. 41
  Leading Canoe Trips ........................................................................ 43
  Shuttle Logistics ................................................................................ 45
How to Use This Guide
  Kinds of Information in this Guide ................................................47
  Detailed Description of Guide Entries ...........................................47
  River Tables ...................................................... 48
  Ohio Watershed......................................................................................... 77
  Allegheny River Watershed................................................................ 163
  Monongahela River Watershed......................................................... 367
  Miscellaneous Rivers ....................................................................... 466
Appendices
  A) Western Pennsylvania Boating Lakes..................................... 502
  B) Canoeing Associations............................................................... 506
  C) Local Canoeing Groups and Schools....................................... 507
  D) Sources of River Information ...................................................509
  E) Sources of Gauge Information ..................................................514
  F) Gauge Readings and Water Levels ..........................................517
  G) Help Improve this Guide.......................................................... 544
  Trip Report Form ................................................................... 545
  River Index....................................................................................... 547

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