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Pennsylvania whitewater, Elk Creek

Centre county, Smulton to Penns Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     7.8 miles
  This stretch of Elk Creek is 7.8 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-III section. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so better not forget that many runs in this state are very easy. The put-in is not too far from Lock Haven, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The scenic beauty of Centre County and
    the water flowing gracefully down Elk Creek are reasons enough to come here and paddle. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. There
are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. Getting some good exercise and just hanging out with mother nature will have you coming back for more. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this is an area with not too many other rivers for that. This stretch has has enough mileage, it's perfect for a one day trip.

about the general area:
You're sure to bump into some nice folks from Millheim here; the Dry Hollow Trail is a fine hiking trail close by. A journey to Waterhouse Gap is always fun, and if the weather is good, you can go for a hike along the Kerstetter Path. This river is so great. The annual rainfall here at Elk Creek is about average. Most of the rain falls throughout June while January is mostly the driest month. For the period of the warm months here at Elk Creek, high temperatures frequently get into the 80's. Summer nighttime lows plunge down to the 50's. The winter comes with highs in the 30's with winter lows in the 10's overnight here at Elk Creek.

Elk Creek, Smulton to Penns 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 Elk Creek.
 Whitewater Near Elk Creek:
Elk Creek, Centre County, 2 miles away
      Class I-III - 7.8 miles long (Smulton to Penns Creek)
Fishing Creek - Bald Eagle Tributary, Clinton County, 11 miles away
      Class I-III - 31.4 miles long (Loganton to Pennsylvania Route 120)
Kishacoquillas Creek, Mifflin County, 16 miles away
      Class I-III - 7 miles long (Reedsville to Juniata River)
White Deer Creek, Union County, 23 miles away
      Class I-II - 17.1 miles long (Coopers Mill Road to West Br. Susquehanna)
 Ski Areas Near Elk Creek:
Tussey Mountain, Pennsylvania , 22 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Ski Sawmill, Pennsylvania , 34 miles away, 515 foot drop, 4 lifts, 13 runs
Ski Denton, Pennsylvania , 53 miles away, 650 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
Ski Roundtop, Pennsylvania , 55 miles away, 600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 15 runs
Ski Liberty, Pennsylvania , 60 miles away, 620 foot drop, 8 lifts, 16 runs
Blue Knob, Pennsylvania , 82 miles away, 1072 foot drop, 7 lifts, 34 runs
Swain, New York , 87 miles away, 650 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Blue Marsh, Pennsylvania , 96 miles away, 315 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Bristol Mountain, New York , 96 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Elk Creek:
Quality Inn Mill Hall, Mill Hall , 8 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Lamar, Mill Hall , 9 miles away
Best Western Lock Haven, Lock Haven , 12 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Lock Haven, Lock Haven , 12 miles away
Best Western Nittany Inn Milroy, Milroy , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Elk Creek:
Poe Paddy State Park, Aaronsburg, 4 miles away
Poe Valley State Park, Millheim, 4 miles away
Woodward Cave and Campground, Woodward, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Elk Creek:
Kerstetter Path, Centre , 3 miles away
Dry Hollow Trail, Centre , 4 miles away
Panther Hollow Trail, Mifflin , 4 miles away
Little Poe Trail, Centre , 5 miles away
Loggers Path, Centre , 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Elk Creek:
Catoctin Mountain Park, Thurmont - MD , 68 miles away
Ole Bull State Park, Pennsylvania , 38 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Elk Creek:
Scott Greens Golf Course, Spring Mills , 8 miles away
Belles Springs Golf Course, Mill Hall , 11 miles away
Clinton Country Club, Mill Hall , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Elk Creek
Walker Lake, Snyder , 18 miles away
Clearview Reservoir, Juniata , 19 miles away

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