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Pennsylvania whitewater, Clear Shade Creek

Somerset county, Crum Road to Shade Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     5.5 miles
  If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Pennsylvania you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so better not forget that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. The Crum Road to Shade Creek section of Clear Shade Creek is 5.5 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class III section of whitewater. The wonderful Pennsylvania scenery and the cool fresh water beats anything. The campgrounds
    here at Clear Shade Creek are pretty good. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Crum Road to Shade Creek section is one of them. This stretch has has enough mileage, it's good length for a morning
trip. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
If you're dropping by Clear Shade
Creek from Windber, you won't be the only one, and on a good day you can take a hike along the Wolf Rocks Trail. If the weather is fine here at Clear Shade Creek, you can go for a hike along the Old '56' Trail. A normal amount of precipitation falls here at Clear Shade Creek. For the period of the month of June you get the most rain around here while October is frequently the driest month. For the period of the summertime at Clear Shade Creek temperatures are generally in the 70's. Once the sun is down it drops down to the 50's. Throughout the winter highs are frequently in the 30's with temperatures at Clear Shade Creek dipping down into the 10's all through winter nights.

Clear Shade Creek, Crum Road to Shade Creek 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 Clear Shade Creek.
 Whitewater Near Clear Shade Creek:
Shade Creek, Somerset County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9.6 miles long (Confluence of Dark and Clear Shade to Stony Creek)
Clear Shade Creek, Somerset County, 3 miles away
      Class III - 5.5 miles long (Crum Road to Shade Creek)
Roaring Fork, Somerset County, 3 miles away
      Class IV - 1.5 miles long (Rt 160 Bridge to confluence with Shade Creek)
Dark Shade Creek, Somerset County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.1 miles long (Rockingham to Clear Shade)
Paint Creek, Somerset County, 7 miles away
      Class V - 2.7 miles long (SR 56 to Stonycreek River)
Stonycreek River, Somerset County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.6 miles long (Foustwell to Carpenters Park)
Stonycreek River, Somerset County, 10 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 1.7 miles long (Hollsopple to Foustwell)
Little Conemaugh River, Cambria County, 11 miles away
      Class II - 10.2 miles long (South Fork to Johnstown)
Stonycreek River, Somerset County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.97 miles long (Shanksville to Mostoller)
Hinckston Run, Cambria County, 12 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.1 miles long (Hinckston Falls Area)
 Ski Areas Near Clear Shade Creek:
Blue Knob, Pennsylvania , 17 miles away, 1072 foot drop, 7 lifts, 34 runs
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 26 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 33 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 36 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 51 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Boyce Park, Pennsylvania , 69 miles away, 180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 71 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 73 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 76 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Tussey Mountain, Pennsylvania , 78 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
 Hotels Near Clear Shade Creek:
Sleep Inn Johnstown, Johnstown , 7 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Johnstown, Johnstown , 7 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites JOHNSTOWN, Johnstown , 8 miles away
Super 8 Johnstown, Johnstown , 8 miles away
Econo Lodge Johnstown, Johnstown , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Clear Shade Creek:
Quemahoning Family Recreation Area, Jerome, 12 miles away
Shawnee State Park, Schellsburg, 13 miles away
Shawnee Sleepy Hollow Campground, Schellsburg, 13 miles away
 Trails Near Clear Shade Creek:
Old '56' Trail, Somerset , 3 miles away
Wolf Rocks Trail, Somerset , 3 miles away
John P Saylor Trail, Somerset , 3 miles away
Lost Turkey Trail, Somerset , 4 miles away
Roger Mountain Trail, Indiana , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Clear Shade Creek:
Blue Knob State Park, Pennsylvania , 16 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Clear Shade Creek:
Windber Country Club, Salix , 7 miles away
Northwinds Golf Course, Central City , 9 miles away
Richland Greens Golf Center, Johnstown , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Clear Shade Creek
Indian Lake, Somerset , 10 miles away
Quemahoning Reservoir, Somerset , 11 miles away

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