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Upper Gorge (Run 2) Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Lehigh River

Upper Gorge (Run 2) Info
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Put In:  White Haven
Take Out:  Rockport
Difficulty:  Class II , Class III
Gradient:  26 ft/mi
Run Length:  9 miles
Flow Information (phone):  Lehigh Gorge State Park; 717-427-1861
Good Level:  750 to 2,000 cfs 5,000 to 10,000 cfs for experts
Season Comments:  March, April, May
Primary Season:  Special release dates in June and early fall
Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  This section of the Lehigh offers a variety of rapids and some nice surfing waves as the gorge deepens.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Lehigh River State Park
Wilderness:  No
Location:  In the Mid-Atlantic (PA), 100 miles Southwest of Harrisburg
Shuttle Logistics:  Put-in: From I-80 take Hwy 940 through White Haven, making a sharp right turn into town and head downhill. After crossing the railroad tracks, turn right into a shopping center and drive across the parking lot to a dirt road which parallels the right bank of the river. After about a half mile there's a trail that leads to the river.

Take-out: Accessed via paved road 4010 above Black Creek. The paved road 4010 starts out as road# 2055 from I-80 south of White Haven and eventually becomes 4010.

Towns near Upper Gorge (Run 2) Kayaking

Jim Thorpe Pennsylvania
Nesquehoning Pennsylvania

Other Resources

Northeastern Kayak Clubs
  • Apalachian Mountain Club-DVC
  • Benscreek Canoe Club
  • Buck Ridge Ski Club
  • Lehigh Valley Canoe Club
  • Philadelphia Canoe Club
  • Three Rivers Paddling Club