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Pennsylvania whitewater, Clarion River

Jefferson county, Portland Mills to Cooksburg section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     28 miles
I went down the Clarion in Ridgway, PA and had an amazing time. Says Beth Knap

If you're coming from St. Marys 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. The Portland Mills to Cooksburg section of Clarion River in Jefferson County is 28 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-II section. The nature scenery of Jefferson
    County and the water flowing gracefully down Clarion River are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Portland Mills to Cooksburg section is one of
them. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. This section is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so why not pack your sleeping bag too. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with not too many other spots for that. Getting a good workout and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away  
from the river if you want to stay the night, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set.

Briefly about the general area:
Hiking along the Pine Run Trail is tremendous fun, and during your journey here you'll meet some folks from Sigel for sure. Going for a hike along the Callen Run Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this region. Cook Forest State Park is both splendid and wonderful, and it's next to Clarion River. For the duration of the warmest time of the year at Clarion River highs are mostly in the 80's. Through the dark hours of summer temperatures descend down into the 50's.

Clarion River, Portland Mills to Cooksburg 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 Clarion River.
 Whitewater Near Clarion River:
East Branch Millstone Creek, Elk County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 4 miles long (Loleta to Clarion)
Clarion River, Jefferson County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 28 miles long (Portland Mills to Cooksburg)
Little Mahoning Creek, Indiana County, 29 miles away
      Class II - 6 miles long (Nashville to Rochester Mills)
Mahoning Creek, Armstrong County, 29 miles away
      Class I-II - 12.5 miles long (McCrea Furnace to Route 66)
Anderson Creek, Clearfield County, 30 miles away
      Class II-III - 12.2 miles long (US Route 322 to West Br. Susquehanna)
 Ski Areas Near Clarion River:
Cockaigne, New York , 48 miles away, 430 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Holimont, New York , 53 miles away, 700 foot drop, 8 lifts, 50 runs
Holiday Valley, New York , 53 miles away, 750 foot drop, 12 lifts, 52 runs
Peek N Peak, New York , 62 miles away, 400 foot drop, 10 lifts, 27 runs
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 62 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Blue Knob, Pennsylvania , 63 miles away, 1072 foot drop, 7 lifts, 34 runs
Boyce Park, Pennsylvania , 68 miles away, 180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 69 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Kissing Bridge, New York , 69 miles away, 600 foot drop, 9 lifts, 37 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 72 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
 Hotels Near Clarion River:
Super 8 Brookville, Brookville , 11 miles away
Quality Inn Brookville, Brookville , 11 miles away
Clarion Hotel Dubois, DuBois , 19 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites DUBOIS, DuBois , 20 miles away
Comfort Suites Dubois, DuBois , 21 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Clarion River:
Campers Paradise Campground and Cabins, Sigel, 3 miles away
Clear Creek State Park, Sigel, 4 miles away
Loleta, Marienville, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Clarion River:
Pine Run Trail, Jefferson , 3 miles away
Callen Run Trail, Jefferson , 3 miles away
Silvis Trail, Jefferson , 3 miles away
Hemlock Trail, Jefferson , 3 miles away
Little Clear Creek Trail, Jefferson , 3 miles away
 Public Lands Near Clarion River:
Cook Forest State Park, Pennsylvania , 13 miles away
Allegheny National Forest, Pennsylvania , 17 miles away
Chapman State Park, Pennsylvania , 23 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Clarion River:
Laurel Run Golf Course, Sigel , 3 miles away
Pinecrest Country Club, Brookville , 13 miles away
Beechwood Golf Course, Falls Creek , 14 miles away

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