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Pennsylvania whitewater, Susquehanna River

York county, Holtwood section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III+     2 miles
  The beautiful scenery of York County and the playfulness of the water will make you feel great. If you're coming from Lancaster it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. This section of Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania is 2 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class III+ section of whitewater. You can pitch a tent or park
    your RV at a nearby campground. This is a bit of a short stretch so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often easier than elsewhere, so
you'd better keep in mind that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Holtwood stretch is just one of them. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you came. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has  
a large number of paddling rivers.

Briefly about the general area:
Rocks State Park is worth visiting if you're at Susquehanna River, and going for a hike along the Camp Echo Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this region. There are plenty of folks from Holtwood here at Susquehanna River. The warmest time of the year at Susquehanna River arrives with high temperatures in the 80's. For the period of the dark hours of summer temperatures sink down into the 60's. Daytime highs through the winter are in the 30's with winter lows in the 10's overnight here at Susquehanna River.

Susquehanna River, Holtwood 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 Susquehanna River.
 Whitewater Near Susquehanna River:
Susquehanna River, York County, 0 miles away
      Class III+ - 2 miles long (Holtwood)
Muddy Creek - Susquehanna Tributary, York County, 3 miles away
      Class II(III) - 5 miles long (Paper Mill Road to Susquehanna River)
Broad Creek, Harford County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 4.5 miles long (MD Route 136 to Maryland Route 623)
Conowingo Creek, Cecil County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2 miles long (Oakwood to Susquehanna River)
Fishing Creek - Susquehanna Tributary, York County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Martinsville to Lake Clarke)
Winters Run, Harford County, 16 miles away
      Class I-II - 13 miles long (Pleasantville Road to Maryland Route 7)
Octoraro Creek, Cecil County, 17 miles away
      Class II - 6 miles long (New Bridge Road to Richardsmere)
Deer Creek, Harford County, 17 miles away
      Class I-III - 43.5 miles long (Bond Road to Susquehanna River)
Little Gunpowder Falls, Harford/ Baltimore County, 19 miles away
      Class I-III - 6 miles long (Maryland Route 147 to US Route 40)
Octoraro Creek, Chester County, 20 miles away
      Class I - 15 miles long (Octoraro Lake to New Bridge Rd Maryland)
 Ski Areas Near Susquehanna River:
Blue Marsh, Pennsylvania , 35 miles away, 315 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Ski Roundtop, Pennsylvania , 43 miles away, 600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 15 runs
Bear Creek, Pennsylvania , 60 miles away, 510 foot drop, 7 lifts, 21 runs
Spring Mountain, Pennsylvania , 66 miles away, 420 foot drop, 6 lifts, 9 runs
Ski Liberty, Pennsylvania , 72 miles away, 620 foot drop, 8 lifts, 16 runs
Blue Mountain, Pennsylvania , 78 miles away, 1082 foot drop, 9 lifts, 33 runs
Big Boulder, Pennsylvania , 83 miles away, 475 foot drop, 7 lifts, 16 runs
Jack Frost, Pennsylvania , 83 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 21 runs
Sno Mountain, Pennsylvania , 94 miles away, 1020 foot drop, 7 lifts, 30 runs
Camelback, Pennsylvania , 94 miles away, 800 foot drop, 15 lifts, 34 runs
 Marinas Near Susquehanna River:
Lake Clarke Marina, Wrightsville , 14 miles away
Glen Cove Marina, Bel Air , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Susquehanna River:
Doubletree Resort Lancaster Willow Valley, Lancaster , 10 miles away
Lancaster Amish Country Travelodge, Lancaster , 12 miles away
Australian Walkabout Inn B & B, Lancaster , 12 miles away
Lancaster Marriott At Penn Square, Lancaster , 12 miles away
The Hotel Lancaster, Lancaster , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Susquehanna River:
Tucquan Park Family Campground, Holtwood, 2 miles away
Olde Forge Campground, Holtwood, 3 miles away
Muddy Run Park, Holtwood, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Susquehanna River:
Camp Echo Trail, York , 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Susquehanna River:
Greenbelt Park, Greenbelt - MD , 58 miles away
Rocks State Park, Maryland , 10 miles away
Susquehanna State Park, Maryland , 17 miles away
Gunpowder Falls State Park, Maryland , 19 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Susquehanna River:
Cross Point, Millersville , 9 miles away
Crossgates Golf Club, Millersville , 9 miles away
Geneva Farm Golf Club, Street , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Susquehanna River
Lake Aldred, Lancaster , 0 miles away
Lake Clarke, Lancaster , 6 miles away
Broad Creek Memorial Camp Reservoir, Harford , 9 miles away

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