For information on boating rules and regulations in Pennsylvania, visit Pennsylvania’s Fish and Boat Commission Website. Piney (Deer Creek) and Parker are popular with cruising canoeists due to the trip from Callensburg to Parker is pleasant when the water conditions are View map. Western Pennsylvania Conservancy publishes a Water Trail Map showing bridges, Allegheny River. Find more information to help you plan a day of fun on the Clarion River online at, Forest Service announces Winter 2020-2021 Snowmobile Update, © 2017 Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau, Restoration of the 1907 Pennsylvania Railroad Station. Chapman State Park: 4790 Chapman Dam Rd, Clarendon, PA 16313 - (814) 723-0250. 74 River Right Hallton Canoe Launch PGC Lat 41 24 04 Lon -78 55 57 This hand-carry launch is located on SGL 28 in the town of Hallton where Spring Creek empties into the Clarion River. The Clarion River meanders through more than 115 miles of narrow serpentine valleys and hardwood forests. 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Piney Dam. rapid is about 0.5 miles below the first and the third is again 0.5 miles below 15416 Route 36, At the Bridge Clarington, PA 15828 email@example.com Callensburg���������������������� 21.0 miles, �� �C-I����������� 6/10���������������� Medium (951/1,787)������������������� B/B ��������������������������������������� Medium This affordable weekend getaway is a 1989 Coachman camper with a solid addition built on to it, and just right for a small family. put-in is located just off State Route 36 by the parking lot of the Difficulties: If Description: First Love's Canoe, Ridgway (814) 776-6285 Pale Whale Canoe Fleet, Cooks Forest (800) 680-0160. Camping includes 17 sites along the Clarion River and 9 sites on Millstone Creek from Clarion River to FR 789 below Loleta Campground. Because of the nature of the power generation operations, the flow below the • Life jackets are included. Angers are catching catfish at night at the confluence with the Allegheny River. Fire Co. 419 North Broad Street Emporium PA 15834, Gobblers Knob Woodland Avenue Extension Punxsutawney, Jefferson County Fairgrounds 1514 Rt. This is THE BEST stretch of the Clarion River for fishing and paddling. reach this area at the base of the dam, go south on State Route 68 Visit The Clarion River. Put the heaviest items on the bottom of your backpack, close to your back, and as near to th… �������������������������������������������������������, ����������������������������������������������������������, ������������������������������������������������, ���������������������������������������������������������, �������������������������������������������, ��������������������������������������������������������, ������������������������������������������������������. Shuttle: The Dam, Description: The Description: The It can be obtained from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. The River Info: Clarion River launch and pickup spots, things of interest, mileage and float times. Munderf, Sigel, Cooksburg. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and USFS Allegheny National Forest and below the paper mill in Johnsonburg, along US Route 219. The Clarion River's Water Trail Guides are divided into three sections: the Upper 11 miles of flatwater, put in at the Reliant Energy Recreation Area. Gauges: Ridgway. A.� Johnsonburg to Several private canoe rentals are in the Cooksburg area. Appendix D for the address. Another good camping spot (capacity of about 40) is on river Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and USFS Allegheny National Forest and State Route 58. Our out of town travelers making a long drive to reach us can camp on site the night before their trip. E.�� Callensburg to controlled, but usually dry after early August. Take The Clarion River meanders through narrow valleys and hardwood forests for 115 miles. main highway turns east and a dirt road goes west. 51.7 miles of the Clarion River were designated part of the National Wild & Scenic River System on October 19, 1996 and was selected Pennsylvania’s ‘River of the Year’ for 2019! There are They will be publishing a brochure in the spring of many possible camping spots along the river, including nice spots at Portland However, it is enjoyable canoeing and we saw lots of non-aquatic wildlife including deer and red tail hawks. dams. A sparsely traveled road parallels Kayaking is a family sport for the Dilles, which includes 13-year-old Kaylee and 8-month-old Avery. Cook Forest Canoe Livery, Cooksburg (814) 744-8094 Explore Bendigo State Park for more information. (303/591)�������������������� A/B���������������� 2.9-?? Turn west onto the dirt road A canoe launch area and parking are three miles upstream from Cooksburg along River Road. Cooksburg gauge is above 2.3 feet 82% of the time. Located in northwestern Pennsylvania, its headwaters break the surface in McKean County and join with the Allegheny River in Clarion County. Boat and canoe launches and other amenities are available at Elk State Park and Bendigo State Park. Ridgway All three are (807/1,462)������������������� A/B���������������� 2.3-?? There are Clarion River Canoe Trip is a 61.9 mile point-to-point trail located near Ridgway, Pennsylvania that features a river and is good for all skill levels. from Interstate 80. slightly above a Class I rapid, with some maneuvering required. Clear Between Portland Mills and Irwin Run is a beautiful and remote section with three Class 1+ rapids to challenge paddlers. Normal Wet Period: The Cook Forest Canoe Rental. �������������������������������������������������������� Piney This gauge should read above 2.9 feet (2002 rating table). The average downward flow is four miles per hour. 1000 Harriger Hollow Rd., (Ramsaytown) Brookville, 40 Maples Day Use Area Sinnemahoning State Park, Allegheny National Forest Hearts Content Day Use Area, Allegheny National Forest Loleta Day Use Area, Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts (ARCA), Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center, Cameron County Chamber of Commerce Summer Stage, Chicken Hill Distillery and Bear Creek Wines, Clarion University - Carter Auditorium, Still Hall, Clarion University - Grunenwald Science & Tech Center, Clarion University - Marwick Boyd Fine Arts, Clarion University - Student Recreation Center, Clarion University - Suites on Main North, Clarion University- Science & Technology Center, Clarion-Little Toby Rail Trail, Ridgway PA, Cook Forest Scenic Trailride, Dude Ranch, & Campground, Cook Forest State Park Ridge Camp Park Amphitheater, Coolspring Power Museum, 179 Coolspring Rd., Coolspring, DeBence Antique Music World 1261 Liberty St., Franklin, DeBence Antique Music World 1261 Liberty Street Franklin PA 16323, Downtown Knox and surrounding area Knox PA 16232, Downtown Punxsutawney and Gobblers Knob (Woodland Avenue Extension), Elk County Riders On/Off Road Recreation Club, Emporium Vol. Finish line in Driftwood. spots between Ridgway and Cooks�burg. the Clarion Water Trail. It drains a rugged area of the Allegheny Plateau in the Ohio River watershed, flowing through narrow serpentine valleys and hardwood forests. The river is rated Class C (beginner) with an average downward flow of four miles per hour. The sections between Ridgway and Mill Creek and between A paved biking/hiking trail runs three miles along the east side of the Allegheny River past the mouth of the Clarion River to Foxburg. 74 River Right Hallton Canoe Launch PGC Lat 41 24 04 Lon -78 55 57 This hand-carry launch is located on SGL 28 in the town of Hallton where Spring Creek empties into … Difficulties: There Gauges: Johnsonburg. Shuttle: From the There A canoe launch area and parking are three miles upstream from Cooksburg along River Road. pools, with riffles interspersed. In early May we completed a four day through trip of the Clarion River from Ridgway, PA (Love s Canoe Access) to Parker canoe access on the Allegheny River (~94 miles). C.� Cooksburg to Shuttle: US Route 219. Parker is about three miles down river from this point, and this stretch of river although populated, displays a blue heron rookery, Stump Island, and the Clarion Bridge. Anglers are catching Walleye near the … Cooksburg��������������������������� 44.0 miles, �� C-I����������� 6/10������������������ Medium We made our trip with the Ridgway gauge reading 3 - a minimum level for loaded canoes. Love's Canoe (814) 776‑6285 on State Route 948 in Ridgway. A canoe launch is three miles upstream along Kilgus Road. Before canoeing, call the Piney Dam substation (814) 226-8630 in Clarion There is parking for 10-12 cars. For sale: $25,900. The Seneca Point Overlook is here too, providing spectacular views of the Clarion River Valley. There are many possibilities for put-in and take-out Below Irwin Run, the Clarion River is bordered by the River Road, which offers easy access to the river and some limited campsites in the Allegheny National Forest. releases from Piney Dam can make it runnable at any time during the year. The staff at your local outdoor stores will be happy to help you pick the best backpack for your build; the pack’s pitch, shoulder straps and hip pads should feel custom-made. Cook Forest Canoe Rental Rates • Tax is included. The projects will allow unprecedented access to one of Mississippi's unique rivers. A 52-mile stretch of the river has been nationally designated Wild & Scenic. has identified over a dozen potential public access points along this river, I want relate a couple of items worth passing on to others who might contemplate the trip. [Checked 1998]. C-93 92.7FM and Radio 1300AM 94.1FM The G.O.A.T. 4.0 feet. Normal Wet Period: The used to be a 6‑foot industrial dam near the take-out in Ridgway but it The Toby Boat Launch near the borough of Clarion is the last public launch on the Clarion River and is popular for power boaters on the reservoir. go straight onto State Route 1001. Two popular paddling trips are four and 10 miles in length. Get fit. a mile below the Arroyo bridge the first of three rapids appears. Johnsonburg Borough building to Lazy River Canoe Rental -Trophy trout water, 9 miles, 3 hour paddle. • All river miles and times are approximate. Rental canoes and shuttles are available from several to determine the water release schedule. The scenic values are not comparable to those above Piney Dam. Wright Woods Canoe Launch: Vernon Hills–enter on Route 60 east of Milwaukee Avenue (Route 21). Fax: (814) 849-1969. (Area/Volume)����������������� Scene/Poll������������ Level, �� C-I����������� 8/11������������������ Medium This trip can be split into two parts. 2004. Today, forested mountain slopes teaming with wildlife, intermittent riffles and rock outcrops provide a picturesque backdrop for outdoor recreation. section of the river is bordered by Cook Forest and state game lands and flows into the calm deep water of Piney Reservoir. end of the trip will probably read between 2.8 and 5.1 feet (2003 rating Go 4.0 miles to the Callensburg bridge. listed on the Water Trail Map, Loves Canoe in Ridgeway on State Route 949, Hallton State Game Lands (mouth of Spring Creek). Its headwaters enter the PA Great Outdoors region in Elk County and flow south through Cook Forest to Clarion and ultimately to join the Allegheny River near Foxburg. Public Access areas Creek State Park also has camping. DRAINAGE AREA.--303 square miles. This lower section of the Clarion River Water Trail, below Piney Dam, is still under development. Dam, Topographic Maps: Strattanville, This solution has also been shared with other agencies in Pennsylvania. Cleanup efforts are reducing the Additional launches not operated by Lake County Forest Preserves available to the south. Other Maps: The The East and West Branches of the river are narrower, swifter, and trees sometimes block the stream, offering great opportunities for experienced paddlers. Normal Wet Period: The About 0.8 miles from the Interstate turn recreation area is about 1 mile from the turn. In the backwaters there are numerous motorboats and sometimes the Phone: (814) 849-5197 Lumber was the chief industry along the river during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Turn Johnsonburg gauge is above 2.3 feet 36% of the time. Lazy River Canoe Rental to Portland Mills-Dixie Island trestle rapids, 9 miles, 3 hour paddle. corresponds to a flow of 350 cfs. has identified over a dozen potential public access points along this river, This corresponds to a flow of 330 cfs. Ridgway is wide and relatively flat with considerable industrial development. Downstream from Cooksburg to Mill Creek, the river returns to a primitive state with limited access and more challenges. left at the gravel road leading to the parking lot. the Clarion Water Trail. Before canoeing, call the Piney Dam substation scenery, wildlife, fishing and camping. Start across from Emporium Country Club Rt. Shuttle via towns, and access sites. excellent camping area. They will be publishing a brochure in the spring of COOK FOREST BASE: Canoeing. In Fisher Mills (mile 9) across from Bear Creek and just above the Y rapid ������������������������������������������������������ St. This lower section of the Clarion River Water Trail, below Piney Dam, is still under development. The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is working with the This 2 miles and turn right/north onto State Route 2007. The Toby Boat Launch near the borough of Clarion is the last public launch on the Clarion River and is popular for power boaters on the reservoir. [Checked 1989]. Drive 5.0 miles to the edge with waterskiers above Piney Dam. Before heading outdoors, consider getting a professional’s opinion. right/west onto US Route 322, go into Clarion. (204/385)��������������������� B/B���������������� 2.3-?? There is hardened parking at each numbered site and a rock fire ring. The trail is primarily used for nature trips. One can use the phone there The XYZ Rapids are just downstream from the cabin! There are no roads or railroads along was removed under a Growing Greener grant in the early 2000s. The Clarion River has been declared a wild, scenic river and for good reason. A 52-mile stretch of the river has been nationally designated. 120, Emporium. There is heavy motorboat traffic in this area. stream differs radically from the downstream Clarion sections. To avoid Plans are to install this ramp system at other Clarion launches. US Route 68 South for 11.0 miles to Sligo, turn right/west onto Fishing, boating and paddling are popular activities on the Allegheny. almost 10 miles of river before coming to Mill Creek. Petersburg���������������������������������������� Piney Camping includes 17 sites along the Clarion River and 9 sites on Millstone Creek from Clarion River to FR 789 below Loleta Campground. Gauges: Cooksburg. the third rapid described below, there is a sandy beach with a large and Downstream of the dam there are some at rivers edge. There are public boat launches at both Cook Forest and Clear Creek state parks. Today at 12:30 PM. The valley above Ridgway������������������������� 8.5 miles, Class���������� Grad������������������� Size Even their dog Mollie, a Corgi-cocker spaniel mix, straps on a life jacket and rides with Kaylee. You’ll find many hiking trails, easy canoe access, and both good fishing and picnicking spots. Because Paddling here is best in the spring and after rainfalls. right. fluctuate up to 3 feet per day in the summer and 8 feet per day in the winter. The Clarion River is a tributary of the Allegheny River, approximately 110 mi (177 km) long, in west central Pennsylvania in the United States. The Clarion River is the eastern border of the park and is popular for canoeing and rafting. The river is Take out at to Belltown Bridge (off State Route 949) is 27 miles and the The Cooksburg gauge at the downstream ������������������������������������������������������� Johnsonburg������������������������������������� Johnsonburg Information signs are located at Irwin Run Canoe Launch, Robin Island, and Millstone Canoe Launch. Other Maps: The Note there are two Canoeing: The Clarion River offers a very scenic trip and is classed as a beginner's river under normal conditions. This can be run, over the broken-down sections, but should be scouted. Cook Forest is home to Pennsylvania’s magnificent old growth forest of white pine and hemlock. (814) 226-8630 in Clarion to determine the amount and timing of water to • Trips are based on two people per canoe. table) corresponding to a flow of 600 to 2,600 cfs. Belltown (814) 752-2561 Mill Creek access ramp drive south 2.0 miles to Strattanville. additional dams in Johnsonburg, but the specified put-in is below both of these remaining section to Cooksburg of 16 miles. Location is perfect. Lands with good parking and river access on river right near Hallton bridge at Normal Wet Period: Water Put in at the ball field, 2004. Local groups are working to establish public access on the 32 miles of river between the Toby Launch and its confluence with the Allegheny River. The Clarion River provides excellent canoeing especially during the spring and fall. be released.�The crest moves about 2 miles/hour. corresponds to a flow of 270 cfs. • Transportation to launch points is included. (807/1,462) Cooksburg, �Topographic Maps: Ridgway, Portland Mills, Carman, Hallton, Cook Forest State Park Office. and go through the woods for 4.0 miles. (mile 16). Canoe ramp system developed by the Allegheny National Forest This system has been used on the Irwin Run (photos pages 2-3) and Gravel Lick (photos page 4) Launches on the Clarion River in Pennsylvania. Dam������������������������������������������� Piney The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is working with the Irwin Run Boat Launch is a boat launch on Clarion River and Irwin Run in Allegheny National Forest, Appalachian Mountains, Allegheny Plateau, PA. View a map of this area and more on Natural Atlas. There is a State Game Launch upstream at Foxburg or Emlenton, and float down to Parker and explore the Clarion River which flows into the Allegheny a mile upstream. The Toby Boat Launch near the borough of Clarion is the last public launch on the Clarion River and is popular for power boaters on the reservoir. The Toby Boat Launch and Route 322 bridge launch near the borough of Clarion provide reservoir access to power boaters, paddlers, and anglers alike. Over the last two hundred years, the story of the river has been one of resource exploitation, degradation, resilience, and recovery.