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Pennsylvania whitewater, Bush Kill Creek

Pike Monroe county, Pickeral Lake to Bushkill section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-IV     25 miles
  The put-in location is a short drive from East Stroudsburg, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. The natural beauty of Pennsylvania and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here
    and paddle. The Pickeral Lake to Bushkill stretch of Bush Kill Creek is 25 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class I-IV section of whitewater. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area
has a large number of paddling places. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so why not pack your camp stove too. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to come. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're  
all set.

Briefly about the general area:
The Flat Ridge Trail offers hiking at its best, and Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is a good place to take a look at on a pretty day. Delaware National Scenic River is a glorious national park, and there's wonderful hiking along the Bald Barren Trail. This river is a wonderful place to visit. You're sure to run into some good folks from Bushkill here, and good skiing awaits you at Shawnee Mountain. Summertime highs at Bush Kill Creek generally tend to be in the 70's. For the period of the moonlight hours it's generally in the 50's.

Bush Kill Creek, Pickeral Lake to Bushkill 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 Bush Kill Creek.
 Whitewater Near Bush Kill Creek:
Bush Kill Creek, Pike/Monroe County, 5 miles away
      Class I-IV - 25 miles long (Pickeral Lake to Bushkill)
Hornbeck's Creek, Pike County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 1.8 miles long (Emery's Road to Route 209)
Whitewater Outfitter - Adventure Sports, Monroe County, 10 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Shohola Creek, Pike County, 10 miles away
      Class I-IV - 9.5 miles long (Shohola Falls Park to Mouth)
Raymondskill Creek, Pike County, 14 miles away
      Class V+ - 1 miles long (SR 2009 to Route 209)
Brodhead Creek, Monroe County, 14 miles away
      Class I-III - 21.2 miles long (Canadensis to mouth)
Lackawaxen River, Pike County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Above Delaware confluence)
Wallenpaupack Creek - East Branch, Pike County, 17 miles away
      Class III - 2.4 miles long (Sawmill Road to mouth)
Pequest River, Warren County, 19 miles away
      Class I-II - 14 miles long (Great Meadows to Delaware River)
Paradise Creek, Monroe County, 19 miles away
      Class III - 7.7 miles long (Keokee Chapel Lane to mouth)
 Ski Areas Near Bush Kill Creek:
Shawnee Mountain, Pennsylvania , 7 miles away, 700 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Alpine Mountain, Pennsylvania , 13 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Tanglwood, Pennsylvania , 15 miles away, 415 foot drop, 4 lifts, 8 runs
Ski Big Bear, Pennsylvania , 19 miles away, 650 foot drop, 5 lifts, 18 runs
Mount Airy Lodge, Pennsylvania , 19 miles away, 250 foot drop, 3 lifts, 6 runs
Camelback, Pennsylvania , 22 miles away, 800 foot drop, 15 lifts, 34 runs
Blue Mountain, Pennsylvania , 37 miles away, 1082 foot drop, 9 lifts, 33 runs
Mountain Creek, New Jersey , 37 miles away, 1040 foot drop, 12 lifts, 46 runs
Holiday Mountain, New York , 38 miles away, 400 foot drop, 5 lifts, 15 runs
Big Boulder, Pennsylvania , 39 miles away, 475 foot drop, 7 lifts, 16 runs
 Marinas Near Bush Kill Creek:
Captain's Cove Marina, Hawley , 17 miles away
First KLAS Marina, Tafton , 17 miles away
Walt's Landing, Hawley , 18 miles away
Pine Crest Marina, Lakeville , 18 miles away
Seeley's Landing, Hawley , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Bush Kill Creek:
The Bushkill Inn, Bushkill , 4 miles away
Fernwood Resort, East Stroudsburg , 5 miles away
Days Inn East Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg , 11 miles away
Staybridge Suites STROUDSBURG (EAST) POCONOS, East Stroudsburg , 12 miles away
Great Wolf Lodge Poconos, Scotrun , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Bush Kill Creek:
Outdoor World Timothy Lake, Bushkill, 3 miles away
Timothy Lake Resort, East Stroudsburg, 3 miles away
Resorts USA, Bushkill, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Bush Kill Creek:
Bald Barren Trail, Pike , 4 miles away
Flat Ridge Trail, Pike , 5 miles away
Kinney Trail, Pike , 7 miles away
Smith Trail, Pike , 7 miles away
Camp Biff Trail, Pike , 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Bush Kill Creek:
Delaware National Scenic River, Bushkill - PA , 7 miles away
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Bushkill - PA , 7 miles away
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Pennsylvania , 7 miles away
Big Pocono State Park, Pennsylvania , 22 miles away
Tobyhanna State Park, Pennsylvania , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Bush Kill Creek:
Tamiment Resort & Conference Center, Tamiment , 4 miles away
Mountain Manor Golf Club, Marshalls Creek , 5 miles away
Villas At Treetops, Bushkill , 5 miles away
 Lakes Near Bush Kill Creek
Lake Minisink, Pike , 2 miles away
White Heron Lake, Monroe , 8 miles away
Camp Sun Mountain Lake, Monroe , 8 miles away

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