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Pennsylvania whitewater, Lehigh River

Carbon county, Francis Walters Dam to White Haven section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II(III)     6.75 miles
  The Francis Walters Dam to White Haven section of Lehigh River in Pennsylvania is 6.75 miles long and is a class II(III) section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The wonderful Pennsylvania scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream will make you feel great. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Pennsylvania is often easier than elsewhere, so better not forget that rivers in this state are less demanding.
    On this section you do get some distance, good for a one day paddling trip. The Francis Walters Dam to White Haven stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system. Great exercise and a chance to spend some
time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more. Lodging is available near the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. The put-in location is a short drive from Scranton—Wilkes-Barre, as you can see on the road map further down. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots.

about the general area:
Lehigh River is in the vicinity of Hickory Run State Park which is a beautiful location; this is a popular spot for people from White Haven. Don't leave Lehigh River without first checking out Devils Elbow; you can go for a hike on the Boulder Field Trail. This river is always fun. You beyond doubt must go to Lehigh Gorge State Park if you're here at Lehigh River; the skiing at Jack Frost is great. Don't leave Lehigh River without first going for a hike along the Choke Creek Trail. Summertime highs at Lehigh River frequently tend to be in the 70's, and during the night it cools down to the 50's.

Lehigh River, Francis Walters Dam to White Haven 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 Lehigh River.
 Whitewater Near Lehigh River:
Whitewater Outfitter - Lehigh Rafting Rentals, Luzerne County, 2 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Lehigh River, Carbon County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 9 miles long (White Haven to Rockport)
Lehigh River, Carbon County, 2 miles away
      Class II(III) - 6.75 miles long (Francis Walters Dam to White Haven)
Bear Creek, Luzerne County, 5 miles away
      Class I-III - 6.6 miles long (Pennsylvania Route 115 to Walter Dam)
Lehigh River, Carbon County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 12.5 miles long (Rockport to Glen Onoko)
Whitewater Outfitter - Whitewater Raft Center, Carbon County, 10 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Black Creek, Carbon County, 11 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6.6 miles long (Hudsondale to mouth)
Tunkhannock Creek, Monroe/Carbon County, 13 miles away
      Class I-III - 4.4 miles long (Pennsylvania Route 115 to Pennsylvania Route 940)
Lackawanna River, Lackawanna / Luzerne County, 14 miles away
      Class I-IV - 26.8 miles long (Carbondale to Susquehanna River)
Nesquehoning Creek, Carbon County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.6 miles long (Confluence with Broad Run to mouth)
 Ski Areas Near Lehigh River:
Jack Frost, Pennsylvania , 7 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 21 runs
Big Boulder, Pennsylvania , 10 miles away, 475 foot drop, 7 lifts, 16 runs
Sno Mountain, Pennsylvania , 15 miles away, 1020 foot drop, 7 lifts, 30 runs
Blue Mountain, Pennsylvania , 21 miles away, 1082 foot drop, 9 lifts, 33 runs
Camelback, Pennsylvania , 27 miles away, 800 foot drop, 15 lifts, 34 runs
Mount Airy Lodge, Pennsylvania , 29 miles away, 250 foot drop, 3 lifts, 6 runs
Bear Creek, Pennsylvania , 33 miles away, 510 foot drop, 7 lifts, 21 runs
Elk Mountain, Pennsylvania , 36 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 27 runs
Alpine Mountain, Pennsylvania , 36 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Ski Big Bear, Pennsylvania , 43 miles away, 650 foot drop, 5 lifts, 18 runs
 Hotels Near Lehigh River:
Comfort Inn - Pocono Mountains, White Haven , 3 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites WHITE HAVEN - LAKE HARMONY, White Haven , 3 miles away
Quality Inn Pocono Resort, Lake Harmony , 4 miles away
Country Place Inn And Suites, White Haven , 5 miles away
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites, White Haven , 6 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Lehigh River:
Lehigh Gorge Campground, White Haven, 1 miles away
Sandy Valley Campground, White Haven, 2 miles away
Hickory Run State Park, Lake Harmony, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Lehigh River:
Boulder Field Trail, Carbon , 8 miles away
Choke Creek Trail, Lackawanna , 9 miles away
Refuge Trail, Lackawanna , 11 miles away
Pinnacle Trail, Lackawanna , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Lehigh River:
Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Bethlehem - PA , 33 miles away
Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River, Beach Lake - PA , 51 miles away
Lehigh Gorge State Park, Pennsylvania , 5 miles away
Hickory Run State Park, Pennsylvania , 7 miles away
Beltzville State Park, Pennsylvania , 16 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Lehigh River:
Mountain Laurel Golf Club, White Haven , 1 miles away
Wilkes Barre Golf Club, Bear Creek , 5 miles away
Alfortene Golf Links, Wilkes Barre , 5 miles away
 Lakes Near Lehigh River
Francis E Walter Reservoir, Luzerne , 3 miles away
Mountain Lake, Luzerne , 8 miles away
Meadow Run Lake, Luzerne , 10 miles away

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