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Pennsylvania whitewater, Beaver Creek

York county, Alpine Road to Bull Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     1.5 miles
This creek is not wide enough nor deep enough to kayak in. Says Patrick

The nature scenery of York County and the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far. This section of Beaver Creek is 1.5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III-IV section. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so don't forget that many runs in this state
    are very easy. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from York-Hanover, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This is a bit of a short stretch so no need to bring snacks. There
are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Alpine Road to Bull Road stretch is one of them. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good spots for that around here. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here. If you'll be staying in a hotel you're in luck, lodging is available very near the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because  
these hotels fill up quick. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp.

Briefly about the general area:
Gifford Pinchot State Park is a perfect spot to stop by on a pretty day, and you'll meet a lot of folks from Lewisberry here. Everybody close by loves skiing at Ski Roundtop, and going for a hike on the Darlington Trail is always a great adventure. Coming to this river is always a good idea. From a precipitation point of view Beaver Creek is a quite common location. Most of the rain falls throughout May; January on the other hand is the driest. Throughout the summer here at Beaver Creek, high temperatures mostly get into the 80's.

Beaver Creek, Alpine Road to Bull Road 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 Beaver Creek.
 Whitewater Near Beaver Creek:
Beaver Creek, York County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1.5 miles long (Alpine Road to Bull Road)
Codorus Creek, York County, 12 miles away
      Class II(III) - 4.4 miles long (Pennsylvania Route 24 to Codorus Furnace Road)
Susquehanna River, Lancaster/York County, 15 miles away
      Class II(III) - 2 miles long (Marietta to Columbia)
Susquehanna River, York County, 15 miles away
      Class III - 2 miles long (Saginaw Railroad Bridge)
Conewago Creek - East, Lancaster/ Dauphin County, 17 miles away
      Class I-III - 6.2 miles long (Aberdeen Mills to Hillsdale Road)
Bermudian Creek, Adams / York County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II - 13.1 miles long (Pennsylvania Route 94 to Conewago Creek)
Gunpowder Falls, Baltimore County, 21 miles away
      Class II-III - 2 miles long (Graves Run Road to Prettyboy Reservoir)
Fishing Creek - Susquehanna Tributary, York County, 24 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Martinsville to Lake Clarke)
Gunpowder Falls, Baltimore County, 27 miles away
      Class I-III - 2 miles long (Prettyboy Dam to Falls Road)
Little Falls, Baltimore County, 28 miles away
      Class I-III - 5 miles long (Maryland Route 4 to Gunpowder Falls)
 Ski Areas Near Beaver Creek:
Ski Roundtop, Pennsylvania , 5 miles away, 600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 15 runs
Ski Liberty, Pennsylvania , 40 miles away, 620 foot drop, 8 lifts, 16 runs
Blue Marsh, Pennsylvania , 54 miles away, 315 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Tussey Mountain, Pennsylvania , 71 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Ski Sawmill, Pennsylvania , 81 miles away, 515 foot drop, 4 lifts, 13 runs
Bear Creek, Pennsylvania , 88 miles away, 510 foot drop, 7 lifts, 21 runs
Spring Mountain, Pennsylvania , 98 miles away, 420 foot drop, 6 lifts, 9 runs
Jack Frost, Pennsylvania , 99 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 21 runs
 Hotels Near Beaver Creek:
Super 8 Etters/Harrisburg Area, Etters , 4 miles away
Bear House B And B, Dover , 5 miles away
Red Carpet Inn And Suites, New Cumberland , 6 miles away
Days Inn New Cumberland/Harrisburg South, New Cumberland , 6 miles away
Best Western Plus New Cumberland Inn & Suites, New Cumberland , 7 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Beaver Creek:
Gifford Pinchot State Park, Rossville, 3 miles away
Park Away Park, Etters, 4 miles away
Cedar Lake Seasonal Campground, Dover, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Beaver Creek:
Darlington Trail, Dauphin , 14 miles away
Victoria Trail, Dauphin , 18 miles away
Rattling Run Trail, Dauphin , 19 miles away
Water Tank Trail, Dauphin , 19 miles away
Shikellimy Trail, Dauphin , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Beaver Creek:
Catoctin Mountain Park, Thurmont - MD , 47 miles away
Greenbelt Park, Greenbelt - MD , 58 miles away
Gifford Pinchot State Park, Pennsylvania , 2 miles away
Patapsco Valley State Park, Maryland , 33 miles away
Rocks State Park, Maryland , 37 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Beaver Creek:
Midatlantic Driving Range & Eagleview Golf Course, Dover , 5 miles away
Valley Green Golf Course, Etters , 6 miles away
Grandview Golf Course Department, York , 7 miles away
 Lakes Near Beaver Creek
Lake Pahagaco, York , 11 miles away
Lake Lehman, York , 12 miles away
Lake Meade, Adams , 14 miles away

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