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Pennsylvania whitewater, Little Conemaugh River

Cambria county, South Fork to Johnstown section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     10.2 miles
 
Do not run this entire stretch of river. There is a huge hazard just downstream from Mineral Point. The guy that posted that he nearly died is very lucky he did not. I am surprised he made it, quite honestly. The stretch down to Mineral Point is Class III-III+ whitewater. Says Clark Fisher

There is a dangerous section when the elevation drops, and the river turns wicked.† This is the ECHO/PARKHILL section of the river.† When you see
    a huge green bridge, you are coming near to the drop.† Be careful of the hydraulics, this is a dangerous section, but can be navigated with some foresight.† Says MaidenAmerica

Very dangerous river. Not recommended
for beginners. Says John

Ran this river for the first time today thinking it would be a gentle paddle. WARNING. It is NOT class II. There are many boulders and ledges. Swift current in high water. Hazardous thirty-foot waterfall right after a sharp bend to the left...with no warning. I banged my kayak up really bad taking the fall and nearly died. BE CAUTIOUS.

The put-in location is a short drive from Johnstown, if you're not familiar
 
with the area there's a road map further down the page. The average Pennsylvania whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. No need to look hard for hotels, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. The South Fork to Johnstown stretch of Little Conemaugh River is 10.2 miles long and it is classified as a class II section by American Whitewater.

Little Conemaugh River, South Fork to Johnstown road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Little Conemaugh River.
 Whitewater Near Little Conemaugh River:
Little Conemaugh River, Cambria County, 4 miles away
      Class II - 10.2 miles long (South Fork to Johnstown)
Hinckston Run, Cambria County, 5 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.1 miles long (Hinckston Falls Area)
Paint Creek, Somerset County, 6 miles away
      Class V - 2.7 miles long (SR 56 to Stonycreek River)
Conemaugh River, Cambria/ Westmoreland County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 25.9 miles long (Johnstown to Torrance)
Blacklick Creek - South Branch, Cambria County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 9 miles long (Route 271 to Vintondale)
Stonycreek River, Somerset County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.6 miles long (Foustwell to Carpenters Park)
Roaring Fork, Somerset County, 9 miles away
      Class IV - 1.5 miles long (Rt 160 Bridge to confluence with Shade Creek)
Stonycreek River, Somerset County, 10 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 1.7 miles long (Hollsopple to Foustwell)
Shade Creek, Somerset County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9.6 miles long (Confluence of Dark and Clear Shade to Stony Creek)
Clear Shade Creek, Somerset County, 11 miles away
      Class III - 5.5 miles long (Crum Road to Shade Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Little Conemaugh River:
Blue Knob, Pennsylvania , 20 miles away, 1072 foot drop, 7 lifts, 34 runs
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 24 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 33 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 36 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 55 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Boyce Park, Pennsylvania , 63 miles away, 180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Tussey Mountain, Pennsylvania , 78 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 79 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 81 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 82 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
 Hotels Near Little Conemaugh River:
Super 8 Johnstown, Johnstown , 3 miles away
Hampton Inn Johnstown PA, Johnstown , 4 miles away
Sleep Inn Johnstown, Johnstown , 4 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Johnstown, Johnstown , 4 miles away
Holiday Inn JOHNSTOWN-DOWNTOWN, Johnstown , 6 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Little Conemaugh River:
Woodland Park, Ebensburg, 6 miles away
Nanty Glo Municipal Authority Pool and Park, Nanty Glo, 7 miles away
Duman Lake County Park, Nicktown, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Little Conemaugh River:
Roger Mountain Trail, Indiana , 9 miles away
Lost Turkey Trail, Somerset , 9 miles away
John P Saylor Trail, Somerset , 10 miles away
Laurel Highlands Trail, Westmoreland , 10 miles away
Clark Run Trail, Indiana , 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Little Conemaugh River:
Blue Knob State Park, Pennsylvania , 19 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Little Conemaugh River:
Richland Greens Golf Center, Johnstown , 4 miles away
Windber Country Club, Salix , 6 miles away
Pleasant Valley Golf Course, Vintondale , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Little Conemaugh River
Quemahoning Reservoir, Somerset , 11 miles away
Indian Lake, Somerset , 17 miles away

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