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Pennsylvania whitewater, Elk Creek

Sullivan county, Lincoln Falls to Loyalsock Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     4.7 miles
  The Lincoln Falls to Loyalsock Creek section of Elk Creek in Pennsylvania is 4.7 miles long and has been rated as a class I-II section by American Whitewater. The nature scenery of Sullivan County and the cool fresh water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. This is a pretty decent length section, good for a one day paddling
    trip. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. The rivers for whitewater
rafting and kayaking in this state are often easier than in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of places for that. If you're coming from Sayre it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down  
the page.

Briefly about the general area:
Worlds End State Park is a great spot to go if you're at Elk Creek, and don't leave Elk Creek without first paying a visit to Lincoln Falls. If you wish for a little side journey, try Painter Hollow; close by you find the Middle Hill Trail which is a perfect hiking trail. Lots of fun awaits you along this river. The great people of Hillsgrove like to hang out close by, and there is a good hiking trail close by called the Trout Hill Trail. During the warm months at Elk Creek highs are typically in the 80's. When the night sets in temperatures drop down into the 60's.

Elk Creek, Lincoln Falls to Loyalsock 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, Sullivan County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II - 4.7 miles long (Lincoln Falls to Loyalsock Creek)
Schrader Creek, Bradford County, 7 miles away
      Class II-IV - 12.7 miles long (T359 to Towanda Creek)
Loyalsock Creek, Sullivan County, 16 miles away
      Class I-IV - 13 miles long (US 220 to Forksville)
Miners Run, Lycoming County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1 miles long (Gorge)
Towanda Creek - South Branch, Bradford County, 17 miles away
      Class I-III - 8.6 miles long (New Albany to Susquehanna)
Sugar Creek, Bradford County, 20 miles away
      Class I-III - 8 miles long (LR08014 to LR0817)
Little Loyalsock Creek, Sullivan County, 23 miles away
      Class I-II - 12.9 miles long (Dushore to Forksville)
Loyalsock Creek, -blank- County, 24 miles away
      Class I-II - 10 miles long (Lopez to US 220)
Tioga River, Tioga County, 27 miles away
      Class I-III - 23.5 miles long (T431 to Lambs Creek Recreation Area)
Kitchen Creek, Luzerne County, 29 miles away
      Class V+ - 3 miles long (Route 487 to Route 118)
 Ski Areas Near Elk Creek:
Ski Sawmill, Pennsylvania , 43 miles away, 515 foot drop, 4 lifts, 13 runs
Greek Peak, New York , 64 miles away, 952 foot drop, 9 lifts, 29 runs
Blue Marsh, Pennsylvania , 67 miles away, 315 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Sno Mountain, Pennsylvania , 70 miles away, 1020 foot drop, 7 lifts, 30 runs
Jack Frost, Pennsylvania , 73 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 21 runs
Ski Roundtop, Pennsylvania , 73 miles away, 600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 15 runs
Song Mountain, New York , 75 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 24 runs
Big Boulder, Pennsylvania , 78 miles away, 475 foot drop, 7 lifts, 16 runs
Elk Mountain, Pennsylvania , 78 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 27 runs
Labrador Mountain, New York , 79 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
 Hotels Near Elk Creek:
Rodeway Inn Towanda, Towanda , 22 miles away
Comfort Inn Towanda, Towanda , 23 miles away
Econo Lodge Williamsport, Williamsport , 23 miles away
Comfort Inn Williamsport, Williamsport , 23 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Towanda Wysox, Towanda , 23 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Elk Creek:
Buttermilk Falls Campground, Shunk, 5 miles away
Worlds End State Park, Forksville, 7 miles away
Sunfish Pond County Park, Granville Summit, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Elk Creek:
Trout Hill Trail, Sullivan , 2 miles away
Middle Hill Trail, Sullivan , 2 miles away
Nettle Ridge Trail, Sullivan , 3 miles away
Camels Trail, Sullivan , 3 miles away
East Slab Trail, Sullivan , 3 miles away
 Public Lands Near Elk Creek:
Worlds End State Park, Pennsylvania , 7 miles away
Mt. Pisgah State Park, Pennsylvania , 16 miles away
Hills Creek State Park, Pennsylvania , 39 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Elk Creek:
Eagles Mere Country Club, Eagles Mere , 7 miles away
 Lakes Near Elk Creek
Hunters Lake, Sullivan , 7 miles away
Celestial Lake, Sullivan , 11 miles away
Sones Pond, Sullivan , 11 miles away

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