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Pennsylvania whitewater, Bear Creek

Luzerne county, Pennsylvania Route 115 to Walter Dam section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     6.6 miles
  This section of Bear Creek in Pennsylvania is 6.6 miles long and it is classified as a class I-III section by American Whitewater. The beautiful scenery of Luzerne County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water beats anything. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Pennsylvania is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that the rivers in this state are less demanding. No need to look hard for hotels,
    and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. If you're coming from Scranton—Wilkes-Barre it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that.
You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. On this section you do get some distance, it's good length for a morning trip. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling spots. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this  
river system, there are a few others too.

Briefly about the general area:
Going to Lehigh Gorge State Park in the vicinity of Bear Creek is a glorious thing to do; the Choke Creek Trail is a great hiking trail nearby. A spree to Hickory Run State Park when you're here at Bear Creek is never a bad idea, and people from White Haven love to come here. This is such a wonderful river. There is a great hiking trail next to Bear Creek called the Refuge Trail; Jack Frost is a great local ski area. An average amount of precipitation falls at Bear Creek. July is the month that gets the most rain; the driest month of the year is January.

Bear Creek, Pennsylvania Route 115 to Walter Dam road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Bear Creek.
 Whitewater Near Bear Creek:
Bear Creek, Luzerne County, 2 miles away
      Class I-III - 6.6 miles long (Pennsylvania Route 115 to Walter Dam)
Lehigh River, Carbon County, 2 miles away
      Class II(III) - 6.75 miles long (Francis Walters Dam to White Haven)
Whitewater Outfitter - Lehigh Rafting Rentals, Luzerne County, 5 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Lehigh River, Carbon County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 9 miles long (White Haven to Rockport)
Lehigh River, Carbon County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 12.5 miles long (Rockport to Glen Onoko)
Lackawanna River, Lackawanna / Luzerne County, 11 miles away
      Class I-IV - 26.8 miles long (Carbondale to Susquehanna River)
Spring Brook, Lackawanna County, 11 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7 miles long (Nesbitt Reservoir to Moosic)
Whitewater Outfitter - Whitewater Raft Center, Carbon County, 12 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Tunkhannock Creek, Monroe/Carbon County, 14 miles away
      Class I-III - 4.4 miles long (Pennsylvania Route 115 to Pennsylvania Route 940)
Black Creek, Carbon County, 14 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6.6 miles long (Hudsondale to mouth)
 Ski Areas Near Bear Creek:
Jack Frost, Pennsylvania , 6 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 21 runs
Big Boulder, Pennsylvania , 11 miles away, 475 foot drop, 7 lifts, 16 runs
Sno Mountain, Pennsylvania , 12 miles away, 1020 foot drop, 7 lifts, 30 runs
Blue Mountain, Pennsylvania , 23 miles away, 1082 foot drop, 9 lifts, 33 runs
Camelback, Pennsylvania , 27 miles away, 800 foot drop, 15 lifts, 34 runs
Mount Airy Lodge, Pennsylvania , 29 miles away, 250 foot drop, 3 lifts, 6 runs
Elk Mountain, Pennsylvania , 33 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 27 runs
Alpine Mountain, Pennsylvania , 35 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Bear Creek, Pennsylvania , 36 miles away, 510 foot drop, 7 lifts, 21 runs
Ski Big Bear, Pennsylvania , 41 miles away, 650 foot drop, 5 lifts, 18 runs
 Hotels Near Bear Creek:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites WHITE HAVEN - LAKE HARMONY, White Haven , 5 miles away
Comfort Inn - Pocono Mountains, White Haven , 5 miles away
Quality Inn Pocono Resort, Lake Harmony , 5 miles away
Country Place Inn And Suites, White Haven , 6 miles away
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites, White Haven , 6 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Bear Creek:
Lehigh Gorge Campground, White Haven, 4 miles away
Sandy Valley Campground, White Haven, 5 miles away
Hickory Run State Park, Lake Harmony, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Bear Creek:
Choke Creek Trail, Lackawanna , 7 miles away
Refuge Trail, Lackawanna , 8 miles away
Boulder Field Trail, Carbon , 9 miles away
Pinnacle Trail, Lackawanna , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Bear Creek:
Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Bethlehem - PA , 35 miles away
Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River, Beach Lake - PA , 49 miles away
Lehigh Gorge State Park, Pennsylvania , 8 miles away
Hickory Run State Park, Pennsylvania , 9 miles away
Frances Slocum State Park, Pennsylvania , 14 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Bear Creek:
Wilkes Barre Golf Club, Bear Creek , 2 miles away
Alfortene Golf Links, Wilkes Barre , 3 miles away
Mountain Laurel Golf Club, White Haven , 5 miles away
 Lakes Near Bear Creek
Francis E Walter Reservoir, Luzerne , 1 miles away
Mountain Lake, Luzerne , 6 miles away
Meadow Run Lake, Luzerne , 8 miles away

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