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Pennsylvania whitewater, Sewickley Creek

Westmoreland county, Yukon to Youghiogheny section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III     12 miles
 
I put in with a companion and a canoe on 14 Oct 2015 at the Bells Mills Bridge.  Not nearly enough water.  Wound up walking the canoe through perhaps half of the trip to the Yough River. Should have brought the kayak.  Will try again in the spring with a kayak. Says Ken Koncerak

The starting point is not too far from Pittsburgh, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This stretch of Sewickley
    Creek in Pennsylvania is 12 miles long and is a class III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people. The beautiful
scenery of Westmoreland County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream beats anything. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. If you hurry you can run this section in a day but why not make it an  
overnighter, so pack your sleeping bag. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy.

Briefly about the general area:
Here at Sewickley Creek there are plenty of people from Hutchinson, and Boyce Park is a tremendous local ski area. For the period of the summer months highs here at Sewickley Creek reach the 80's, and during the night it cools down to the 50's. For the duration of the winter this place gets highs in the 30's, and after the sun is down throughout the wintertime temperatures at Sewickley Creek drop into the 10's.

Sewickley Creek, Yukon to Youghiogheny 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 Sewickley Creek.
 Whitewater Near Sewickley Creek:
Sewickley Creek, Westmoreland County, 3 miles away
      Class III - 12 miles long (Yukon to Youghiogheny)
Jacobs Creek, Westmoreland/Fayette County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.1 miles long (Chaintown to Youghiogheny River)
Crabtree Creek, Westmoreland County, 20 miles away
      Class II - 4.1 miles long (Crabtree to New Alexandria)
Jacobs Creek, Westmoreland County, 22 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.5 miles long (Acme to Laurelville)
Pine Creek, Allegheny County, 23 miles away
      Class I-II - 6.5 miles long (Allison Park to Etna)
Indian Creek, Fayette County, 24 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 4.9 miles long (Route 381 to Camp Carmel)
Meadow Run, Fayette County, 25 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 7 miles long (Pennsylvania Route 381 to Youghiogheny River)
Youghiogheny River, Fayette County, 25 miles away
      Class III - 7.4 miles long (Ohiopyle to Bruner Run)
Whitewater Outfitter - Wilderness Voyageurs - Outfitters, Fayette County, 25 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Youghiogheny River, Fayette County, 25 miles away
      Class IV - 0.25 miles long (Ohiopyle Falls)
 Ski Areas Near Sewickley Creek:
Boyce Park, Pennsylvania , 13 miles away, 180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 32 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 35 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 40 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 44 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 67 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 68 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Blue Knob, Pennsylvania , 82 miles away, 1072 foot drop, 7 lifts, 34 runs
Peek N Peak, New York , 97 miles away, 400 foot drop, 10 lifts, 27 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 97 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
 Marinas Near Sewickley Creek:
Carousel Marina, Elizabeth , 10 miles away
Castaway Keys Marina, Elizabeth , 10 miles away
Smittys Marina, Belle Vernon , 11 miles away
MON Valley Speed Boat Club, Mckeesport , 12 miles away
California Boat Club, Coal Center , 14 miles away
 Hotels Near Sewickley Creek:
Comfort Inn Belle Vernon, Belle Vernon , 5 miles away
Holiday Inn Express IRWIN (PA TPK EXIT 67), North Huntington , 6 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites BELLE VERNON, Belle Vernon , 8 miles away
Comfort Inn New Stanton, New Stanton , 9 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Pittsburgh New Stanton, New Stanton , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Sewickley Creek:
Rustic Acres Campground, Irwin, 5 miles away
Madison KOA Kampgrounds, Ruffs Dale, 7 miles away
Fox Den Acres RV Resort, New Stanton, 9 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Sewickley Creek:
Butler's Golf Course, Elizabeth , 6 miles away
Cedarbrook Golf Course, Belle Vernon , 7 miles away
7 Springs Golf Course, Elizabeth , 7 miles away
 Lakes Near Sewickley Creek
Barnes Lake, Westmoreland , 6 miles away
Allison Reservoir, Fayette , 16 miles away
Panther Hollow Lake, Allegheny , 18 miles away

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