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Pennsylvania whitewater, Cowanshannock Creek

Armstrong county, Greendale to Route 66 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV     11 miles
 
Attempted to try this with Redbank Valley Outfitters Last year. Jeff informed me that it is a hit and miss float, according to rain. We litterally switched boats and floated the Mahoning with them. What a trip I never quit laughing on the shuttle trip. Keep Up the good work guys seee you next year! Says Liz Rubio

Kayaking is great when the water is up''† The problem is catching it at peak conditions.† Utilized Redbank Valley Outfitters
    last year at the spur of the moment. I was really impressed. Would recommend them anytime!!! Says Beth Alderton

Cowanshannock is very fun in a kayak.† Numerous drops ranging from 2-4' and plenty of holes to play in.†
Tight lines both above and below the bridge.† Haven't done Buttermilk Falls yet.† I'll let you know how it goes. Says Joe

I'm not sure how kayakable or canoeable this stream is. It seems very very small. Says Steve

The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Pennsylvania are often more forgiving than in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many runs in this state are very easy. This stretch
 
of Cowanshannock Creek in Armstrong County is 11 miles long and has been rated as a class IV section by American Whitewater. No shortage of good hotels, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so pack your sleeping bag. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground.

Cowanshannock Creek, Greendale to Route 66 road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Cowanshannock Creek.
 Whitewater Near Cowanshannock Creek:
Cowanshannock Creek, Armstrong County, 4 miles away
      Class IV - 11 miles long (Greendale to Route 66)
Mahoning Creek, Armstrong County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 12.5 miles long (McCrea Furnace to Route 66)
Cherry Run, Clarion County, 17 miles away
      Class -blank- - 1 miles long (Lower Cherry Run)
Deer Creek, Clarion County, 20 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 3.5 miles long (Shippenville to Clarion River)
Canoe Creek, Clarion County, 20 miles away
      Class -blank- - 2.5 miles long (I-80 bridge to Clarion River)
Bear Creek - Allegheny River Tributary, Butler County, 23 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 3.75 miles long (Bruin to Parker)
Crabtree Creek, Westmoreland County, 24 miles away
      Class II - 4.1 miles long (Crabtree to New Alexandria)
Mill Creek - Allegheny R. Tributary, Venango County, 28 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 2.75 miles long (Lower Mill Creek)
East Sandy Creek, Venango County, 29 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 7 miles long (Van to Allegheny River)
 Ski Areas Near Cowanshannock Creek:
Boyce Park, Pennsylvania , 28 miles away, 180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 40 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 42 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 43 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 67 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Blue Knob, Pennsylvania , 67 miles away, 1072 foot drop, 7 lifts, 34 runs
Peek N Peak, New York , 68 miles away, 400 foot drop, 10 lifts, 27 runs
Cockaigne, New York , 78 miles away, 430 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Holimont, New York , 92 miles away, 700 foot drop, 8 lifts, 50 runs
Holiday Valley, New York , 92 miles away, 750 foot drop, 12 lifts, 52 runs
 Marinas Near Cowanshannock Creek:
Nautical Mile Marina, Templeton , 5 miles away
Kittanning Marina, Kittanning , 6 miles away
Rosston Eddy Marina, Ford City , 8 miles away
Armstrong Terminal, Schenley , 17 miles away
Freeport Terminals, Freeport , 18 miles away
 Beaches Near Cowanshannock Creek:
Paradise Beach, Armstrong , 7 miles away
 Hotels Near Cowanshannock Creek:
Quality Inn Royle, Kittanning , 6 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites KITTANNING, Kittanning , 7 miles away
Lenape Heights Golf Resort, Ford City , 7 miles away
The Old Parsonage Bed And Breakfast, Leechburg , 15 miles away
Super 8 Clarion, Clarion , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cowanshannock Creek:
Mcauley Campground, Adrian, 6 miles away
Crooked Creek, Ford Cliff, 8 miles away
Cherry Run Camp, Rimersburg, 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cowanshannock Creek:
Cook Forest State Park, Pennsylvania , 32 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cowanshannock Creek:
Kittanning Country Club, Kittanning , 8 miles away
Cabin Golf Course, Freeport , 13 miles away
Links At Spring Church, Apollo , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Cowanshannock Creek
Allegheny River Pool Eight, Armstrong , 4 miles away
Allegheny River Pool Nine, Armstrong , 10 miles away

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