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Pennsylvania whitewater, Bowman Creek

Wyoming county, Pennsylvania Route 309 to Susquehanna River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     10.2 miles
  This section of Bowman Creek is 10.2 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-II section. The wonderful Pennsylvania scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Bowman Creek beats anything. The starting point is not too far from Scranton—Wilkes-Barre, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you don’t have
    reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Getting a good workout and just hanging out with mother nature will have you coming back for more. There's camping available near Bowman Creek. This is one of a small number
of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. This section is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so go ahead and pack your camping stuff. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of spots for that. The average Pennsylvania whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be easier to run than those in other states, so keep in mind that quite a few of the sections  
in this state are pretty easy.

Briefly about the general area:
This is a popular site for folks from Tunkhannock; Sugar Hollow is a good place to take a look at. Frances Slocum State Park is a magnificent place to go if you're at Bowman Creek. An average amount of rain falls at Bowman Creek. All through June this area sees the most rain, and the driest of the months is January. For the period of the days of summer at Bowman Creek highs are generally in the 80's. Once the sun is down it plunges down to the 50's. High temperatures all through the wintertime are normally in the 30's with winter lows in the 10's overnight here at Bowman Creek.

Bowman Creek, Pennsylvania Route 309 to Susquehanna River road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Bowman Creek.
 Whitewater Near Bowman Creek:
Bowman Creek, Wyoming County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 10.2 miles long (Pennsylvania Route 309 to Susquehanna River)
Harveys Creek, Luzerne County, 12 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6.5 miles long (SR 1059 to Susquehanna River)
Mehoopany Creek, Wyoming County, 14 miles away
      Class I-III - 12.1 miles long (Stony Brook to Mehoopany)
Lackawanna River, Lackawanna / Luzerne County, 16 miles away
      Class I-IV - 26.8 miles long (Carbondale to Susquehanna River)
Meshoppen Creek, Susquehanna/Wyoming County, 16 miles away
      Class I-III - 17 miles long (LR57012 to Meshoppen)
Wapwallopen Creek, Luzerne County, 20 miles away
      Class I-II - 5.2 miles long (LR40022 to Camp Keller)
Kitchen Creek, Luzerne County, 21 miles away
      Class V+ - 3 miles long (Route 487 to Route 118)
Bear Creek, Luzerne County, 23 miles away
      Class I-III - 6.6 miles long (Pennsylvania Route 115 to Walter Dam)
Wapwallopen Creek, Luzerne County, 23 miles away
      Class I-IV(V+) - 2.7 miles long (SR 3013 to Route 239)
Loyalsock Creek, -blank- County, 24 miles away
      Class I-II - 10 miles long (Lopez to US 220)
 Ski Areas Near Bowman Creek:
Sno Mountain, Pennsylvania , 23 miles away, 1020 foot drop, 7 lifts, 30 runs
Jack Frost, Pennsylvania , 30 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 21 runs
Elk Mountain, Pennsylvania , 33 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 27 runs
Big Boulder, Pennsylvania , 35 miles away, 475 foot drop, 7 lifts, 16 runs
Blue Mountain, Pennsylvania , 47 miles away, 1082 foot drop, 9 lifts, 33 runs
Camelback, Pennsylvania , 49 miles away, 800 foot drop, 15 lifts, 34 runs
Mount Airy Lodge, Pennsylvania , 50 miles away, 250 foot drop, 3 lifts, 6 runs
Ski Big Bear, Pennsylvania , 54 miles away, 650 foot drop, 5 lifts, 18 runs
Greek Peak, New York , 54 miles away, 952 foot drop, 9 lifts, 29 runs
Blue Marsh, Pennsylvania , 56 miles away, 315 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Marinas Near Bowman Creek:
Marina Pointe, Harveys Lake , 7 miles away
Sewall Marina, Factoryville , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Bowman Creek:
Comfort Inn & Suites Tunkhannock, Tunkhannock , 4 miles away
The Prince Hotel, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member, Tunkhannock , 4 miles away
Hampton Inn Tunkhannock, Tunkhannock , 5 miles away
BEST WESTERN Genetti Hotel & Conference Center, Wilkes-Barre , 14 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites, Wilkes-Barre , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Bowman Creek:
Schaffer's Riverside Campground, Tunkhannock, 3 miles away
Stony Mountain Campground, Tunkhannock, 3 miles away
Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Tunkhannock, Tunkhannock, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Bowman Creek:
Pinnacle Trail, Lackawanna , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Bowman Creek:
Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Bethlehem - PA , 60 miles away
Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River, Beach Lake - PA , 61 miles away
Frances Slocum State Park, Pennsylvania , 10 miles away
Lackawanna State Park, Pennsylvania , 21 miles away
Lehigh Gorge State Park, Pennsylvania , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Bowman Creek:
Stonehedge Country Club, Tunkhannock , 3 miles away
Shadowbrook Resort, Tunkhannock , 4 miles away
Irem Country Club, Dallas , 7 miles away
 Lakes Near Bowman Creek
Harveys Lake, Luzerne , 7 miles away
Moon Lake, Luzerne , 13 miles away
Schooley Pond, Susquehanna , 14 miles away

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