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Pennsylvania whitewater, Black Creek

Luzerne county, Hazelton to Nescopeck section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-IV     14.6 miles
  If you're coming from Pottsville it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down. This stretch of Black Creek in Luzerne County is 14.6 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-IV section. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good rivers for that around here. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming
    back for more. If you hurry you can run this stretch in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so go ahead and pack your sleeping bag. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more forgiving than
the national average, so keep in mind that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. No shortage of good hotels, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The nature scenery of Pennsylvania and the playfulness of the water beats anything.

Briefly about the general area:
Locust Lake State Park is a stunning spot any time of year, and Black Creek is
a place with many visitors from Sugarloaf. Tuscarora State Park is a glorious site to stretch your legs a bit. Black Creek gets a common amount of yearly rain. The month with most of the rain is June, and February is the month with the least moisture. During the summertime highs here at Black Creek reach the 80's, and through the night it cools down to the 50's. For the period of the wintertime the highs are frequently in the 30's, and throughout the dark hours in the wintertime at Black Creek temperatures descend to the 10's.

Black Creek, Hazelton to Nescopeck 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 Black Creek.
 Whitewater Near Black Creek:
Nescopeck Creek, Luzerne County, 1 miles away
      Class I-III - 19.7 miles long (Pennsylvania Route 437 to Susquehanna River)
Wapwallopen Creek, Luzerne County, 4 miles away
      Class I-IV(V+) - 2.7 miles long (SR 3013 to Route 239)
Black Creek, Luzerne County, 6 miles away
      Class I-IV - 14.6 miles long (Hazelton to Nescopeck)
Wapwallopen Creek, Luzerne County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 5.2 miles long (LR40022 to Camp Keller)
Harveys Creek, Luzerne County, 15 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6.5 miles long (SR 1059 to Susquehanna River)
Black Creek, Carbon County, 16 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6.6 miles long (Hudsondale to mouth)
Nesquehoning Creek, Carbon County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.6 miles long (Confluence with Broad Run to mouth)
Lizard Creek, Schuykill / Carbon County, 21 miles away
      Class I-III - 13.8 miles long (Pennsylvania Route 309 to Kittitiny Road)
Whitewater Outfitter - Lehigh Rafting Rentals, Luzerne County, 22 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Lehigh River, Carbon County, 22 miles away
      Class II-III - 9 miles long (White Haven to Rockport)
 Ski Areas Near Black Creek:
Blue Marsh, Pennsylvania , 30 miles away, 315 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Jack Frost, Pennsylvania , 31 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 21 runs
Big Boulder, Pennsylvania , 34 miles away, 475 foot drop, 7 lifts, 16 runs
Sno Mountain, Pennsylvania , 35 miles away, 1020 foot drop, 7 lifts, 30 runs
Blue Mountain, Pennsylvania , 41 miles away, 1082 foot drop, 9 lifts, 33 runs
Bear Creek, Pennsylvania , 41 miles away, 510 foot drop, 7 lifts, 21 runs
Camelback, Pennsylvania , 51 miles away, 800 foot drop, 15 lifts, 34 runs
Elk Mountain, Pennsylvania , 53 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 27 runs
Mount Airy Lodge, Pennsylvania , 53 miles away, 250 foot drop, 3 lifts, 6 runs
Spring Mountain, Pennsylvania , 58 miles away, 420 foot drop, 6 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near Black Creek:
Candlewood Suites HAZLETON, Hazleton , 3 miles away
Hampton Inn Hazleton, Hazleton , 3 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Hazleton, Hazleton , 4 miles away
Comfort Inn West Hazleton, West Hazleton , 4 miles away
Residence Inn Hazleton, Hazleton , 5 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Black Creek:
Council Cup Campground, Wapwallopen, 6 miles away
Red Ridge Lake Campground, Zion Grove, 6 miles away
Moyers Grove Campground and RV, Wapwallopen, 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Black Creek:
Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Bethlehem - PA , 50 miles away
Tuscarora State Park, Pennsylvania , 11 miles away
Locust Lake State Park, Pennsylvania , 11 miles away
Frances Slocum State Park, Pennsylvania , 23 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Black Creek:
Eagle Rock Resort, Hazleton , 3 miles away
Valley Country Club, Sugarloaf , 3 miles away
Sugarloaf Golf Club, Sugarloaf , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near Black Creek
Moon Lake, Luzerne , 14 miles away
Sylvan Lake, Luzerne , 15 miles away
Lake Pinecrest, Luzerne , 15 miles away

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