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Pennsylvania whitewater, Jacobs Creek

Westmoreland Fayette county, Chaintown to Youghiogheny River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     7.1 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Pennsylvania and the playfulness of the water beats anything. The put-in location is a short drive from Pittsburgh, as you can see on the road map further down. The Chaintown to Youghiogheny River section of Jacobs Creek in Westmoreland/Fayette County is 7.1 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-III section. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better
    reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature are great attractions for lots of people.
If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Pennsylvania you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so keep in mind that rivers in this state are less demanding. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good rivers. This stretch has has enough mileage, good for a one day paddling trip. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Chaintown to Youghiogheny  
River section is one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
Creek Falls is a good local attraction, and the Mile Trail offers hiking at its best. Here at Jacobs Creek you'll perhaps meet some people from Smithton; since you're here why not visit Morrow Hollow. This is such a wonderful river. Jacobs Creek is a good place of normal rainfall. Throughout July this area sees the most rain while February is typically the driest month. High temperatures at Jacobs Creek through the summer are in the 80's, and the overnight is fairly colder of course, generally in the 60's. Highs all through the winter are commonly in the 30's, and overnight lows at Jacobs Creek through the wintertime mostly dip into the 10's.

Jacobs Creek, Chaintown to Youghiogheny River 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 Jacobs Creek.
 Whitewater Near Jacobs Creek:
Jacobs Creek, Westmoreland/Fayette County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.1 miles long (Chaintown to Youghiogheny River)
Sewickley Creek, Westmoreland County, 6 miles away
      Class III - 12 miles long (Yukon to Youghiogheny)
Meadow Run, Fayette County, 19 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 7 miles long (Pennsylvania Route 381 to Youghiogheny River)
Indian Creek, Fayette County, 19 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 4.9 miles long (Route 381 to Camp Carmel)
Jacobs Creek, Westmoreland County, 19 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.5 miles long (Acme to Laurelville)
Youghiogheny River, Fayette County, 19 miles away
      Class III - 7.4 miles long (Ohiopyle to Bruner Run)
Whitewater Outfitter - Wilderness Voyageurs - Outfitters, Fayette County, 19 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Youghiogheny River, Fayette County, 19 miles away
      Class IV - 0.25 miles long (Ohiopyle Falls)
Crabtree Creek, Westmoreland County, 21 miles away
      Class II - 4.1 miles long (Crabtree to New Alexandria)
Big Sandy Creek, Preston WV / Fayette/PA County, 21 miles away
      Class I-II - 5 miles long (Pennsylvania-West Virginia State Line to Bruceton Mills)
 Ski Areas Near Jacobs Creek:
Boyce Park, Pennsylvania , 19 miles away, 180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 28 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 31 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 37 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 38 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 60 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 61 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Blue Knob, Pennsylvania , 80 miles away, 1072 foot drop, 7 lifts, 34 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 92 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 94 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
 Marinas Near Jacobs Creek:
Smittys Marina, Belle Vernon , 12 miles away
California Boat Club, Coal Center , 13 miles away
Carousel Marina, Elizabeth , 15 miles away
Castaway Keys Marina, Elizabeth , 15 miles away
Chuck's Boat Club, Mc Clellandtown , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Jacobs Creek:
Clarion Inn Belle Vernon, Belle Vernon , 5 miles away
Comfort Inn Belle Vernon, Belle Vernon , 6 miles away
Comfort Inn New Stanton, New Stanton , 9 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Pittsburgh New Stanton, New Stanton , 9 miles away
New Stanton Garden Inn, New Stanton , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Jacobs Creek:
Madison KOA Kampgrounds, Ruffs Dale, 6 miles away
Rivers Edge Camping & Cabins, Connellsville, 7 miles away
Fox Den Acres RV Resort, New Stanton, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Jacobs Creek:
Mile Trail, Fayette , 14 miles away
Great Gorge Trail, Fayette , 19 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Jacobs Creek:
Linden Hall Golf Course, Dawson , 3 miles away
The Madison Club, Madison , 7 miles away
Willowbrook Golf Course, Belle Vernon , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Jacobs Creek
Barnes Lake, Westmoreland , 11 miles away
Allison Reservoir, Fayette , 13 miles away

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