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Pennsylvania whitewater, Lackawanna River

Susquehanna Wayne Lackawanna county, Stillwater Lake to Carbondale section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     9.8 miles
Nice section of the river. Scenerey is very good at the beginning but sort of degrades as you approach Carbondale. Rapids are mostly cobbles with a few rock gardens and several ledges. One that can surprise you is the ledge just before Simpson. Kind of sneaks up on you. Depending upon water level, can be a 2 - 3 foot drop. This drop should be scouted to check for strainers. Go straight through gap at center with boof or make a left at the crag
    in river center for a blind twisting chute. The river gradient is pretty steep so there is just about constant white water class I and II. Says Dan

The wonderful Susquehanna / Wayne / Lackawanna County scenery and
the sparkling of the sunlight on the water have people coming here. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often easier than elsewhere, so better not forget that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. The campgrounds here at Lackawanna River are pretty good. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while 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, but if you don’t have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. This is a pretty decent length section, you can easily run it on an afternoon. This section of Lackawanna River is 9.8 miles long and it is classified as a class I-III section by American Whitewater. If you're coming from Scranton—Wilkes-Barre 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. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of places for that.

Lackawanna River, Stillwater Lake to Carbondale 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 Lackawanna River.
 Whitewater Near Lackawanna River:
Lackawanna River, Susquehanna / Wayne / Lackawanna County, 3 miles away
      Class I-III - 9.8 miles long (Stillwater Lake to Carbondale)
Middle Creek - Lackawaxen Tributary, Wayne County, 8 miles away
      Class I-III - 15 miles long (T412 to mouth)
Spring Brook, Lackawanna County, 19 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7 miles long (Nesbitt Reservoir to Moosic)
Lehigh River, Carbon / Lehigh / Northhampton / Monroe County, 21 miles away
      Class I-III - 82.1 miles long (Pennsylvania Route 435 to Canal Park Allentown)
Wallenpaupack Creek, Wayne County, 21 miles away
      Class I-III - 9.8 miles long (Mountainview Road to Ledgedale Road)
Delaware River, Delaware/ Sullivan/ Orange County, 22 miles away
      Class I-II - 77 miles long (Hancock to Port Jervis)
Wallenpaupack Creek - East Branch, Pike County, 22 miles away
      Class III - 2.4 miles long (Sawmill Road to mouth)
Lackawanna River, Lackawanna / Luzerne County, 26 miles away
      Class I-IV - 26.8 miles long (Carbondale to Susquehanna River)
Meshoppen Creek, Susquehanna/Wyoming County, 26 miles away
      Class I-III - 17 miles long (LR57012 to Meshoppen)
Whitewater Outfitter - Whitewater Raft Center, Monroe County, 28 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Lackawanna River:
Elk Mountain, Pennsylvania , 7 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 27 runs
Sno Mountain, Pennsylvania , 19 miles away, 1020 foot drop, 7 lifts, 30 runs
Ski Big Bear, Pennsylvania , 21 miles away, 650 foot drop, 5 lifts, 18 runs
Tanglwood, Pennsylvania , 25 miles away, 415 foot drop, 4 lifts, 8 runs
Jack Frost, Pennsylvania , 29 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 21 runs
Mount Airy Lodge, Pennsylvania , 29 miles away, 250 foot drop, 3 lifts, 6 runs
Big Boulder, Pennsylvania , 31 miles away, 475 foot drop, 7 lifts, 16 runs
Camelback, Pennsylvania , 31 miles away, 800 foot drop, 15 lifts, 34 runs
Alpine Mountain, Pennsylvania , 32 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Shawnee Mountain, Pennsylvania , 41 miles away, 700 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
 Marinas Near Lackawanna River:
MT Cobb Boathouse, Lake Ariel , 11 miles away
Lighthouse Harbor Marina, Lakeville , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Lackawanna River:
Days Inn Scranton PA, Scranton , 13 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites DICKSON CITY - SCRANTON, Dickson City , 13 miles away
Home2 Suites By Hilton Dickson City Scranton, Dickson City , 13 miles away
Quality Inn Dunmore, Dunmore , 13 miles away
Sleep Inn & Suites Dunmore, Dunmore , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Lackawanna River:
Keen Lake Camping and Cottage Resort, Waymart, 6 miles away
Valleyview Farm and Campground, Waymart, 6 miles away
Clayton Park Recreational Area, Lake Ariel, 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Lackawanna River:
Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River, Beach Lake - PA , 26 miles away
Delaware National Scenic River, Bushkill - PA , 44 miles away
Lackawanna State Park, Pennsylvania , 15 miles away
Gouldsboro State Park, Pennsylvania , 21 miles away
Tobyhanna State Park, Pennsylvania , 22 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Lackawanna River:
Blackmoor Golf Club, Richmond , 3 miles away
Panorama Golf Course, Forest City , 3 miles away
Homestead Golf Course, Carbondale , 3 miles away
 Lakes Near Lackawanna River
Crystal Lake, Susquehanna , 3 miles away
Edgerton Reservoir, Lackawanna , 5 miles away
Fiddle Lake, Susquehanna , 9 miles away

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