Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: South Central PA
Bikes: 1990 Trek 1400 7spd; 2001 Litespeed Arenberg 10 speed
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Any river that relies on snowmelt will have to wait until early sping (wear a neoprene suit). A river that has periodic dam releases can be run most of the year.
In PA, the "grand canyon
" (Pine creek, Near Wellsboro) is class II (one class III rapid) and is reliably "up" in April. I run that in open canoe fairly regularly. The Lehigh
near Jim Thorpe
is more of a solid class III and has periodic dam releases. The Yough in Ohiopyle State park is Class II - Class IV depending on the section.
If you venture further into WV (as previously mentioned), you have (arguably) the most challenging rivers in the East. The upper Yough (class IV and V), the Cheat (class IV and V) and New Rivers. The eastern border of WV has the more canoe-friendly whitewater (class III and below) such as the upper Potomac, the Shenandoah River and other.
Pine Creek in April 2002:
Upper North branch of the Potomac WV, the day that my older brother and younger brother found out they were incompatible in a canoe