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Pennsylvania whitewater, Lehigh River

Carbon county, White Haven to Rockport section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     9 miles
  The White Haven to Rockport section of Lehigh River in Carbon County is 9 miles long and it is classified as a class II-III section by American Whitewater. The average Pennsylvania whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be easier to run than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less demanding. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling
    spots. The beautiful scenery of Pennsylvania and the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here. You might
have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Scranton—Wilkes-Barre, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The campgrounds here at Lehigh River are pretty good.

Briefly about the
general area:
Hickory Run State Park is a gorgeous spot any time of year; the friendly folks of White Haven like to hang out close by. Lehigh Gorge State Park is a perfect location to stretch your legs a bit; magnificent hiking is available along the Boulder Field Trail. A river like this is too good to miss. Everybody nearby loves skiing at Jack Frost, and hiking is a popular thing to do around Lehigh River; Choke Creek Trail is a great local trail. During the warmest time of the year highs here at Lehigh River get into the 70's, and the night is quite colder of course, mostly in the 50's.

Lehigh River, White Haven to Rockport 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:
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 - 12.5 miles long (Rockport to Glen Onoko)
Whitewater Outfitter - Lehigh Rafting Rentals, Luzerne County, 3 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Lehigh River, Carbon County, 6 miles away
      Class II(III) - 6.75 miles long (Francis Walters Dam to White Haven)
Black Creek, Carbon County, 8 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6.6 miles long (Hudsondale to mouth)
Whitewater Outfitter - Whitewater Raft Center, Carbon County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Bear Creek, Luzerne County, 9 miles away
      Class I-III - 6.6 miles long (Pennsylvania Route 115 to Walter Dam)
Nesquehoning Creek, Carbon County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.6 miles long (Confluence with Broad Run to mouth)
Tunkhannock Creek, Monroe/Carbon County, 15 miles away
      Class I-III - 4.4 miles long (Pennsylvania Route 115 to Pennsylvania Route 940)
Lizard Creek, Schuykill / Carbon County, 17 miles away
      Class I-III - 13.8 miles long (Pennsylvania Route 309 to Kittitiny Road)
 Ski Areas Near Lehigh River:
Jack Frost, Pennsylvania , 9 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 21 runs
Big Boulder, Pennsylvania , 11 miles away, 475 foot drop, 7 lifts, 16 runs
Sno Mountain, Pennsylvania , 19 miles away, 1020 foot drop, 7 lifts, 30 runs
Blue Mountain, Pennsylvania , 20 miles away, 1082 foot drop, 9 lifts, 33 runs
Camelback, Pennsylvania , 28 miles away, 800 foot drop, 15 lifts, 34 runs
Bear Creek, Pennsylvania , 29 miles away, 510 foot drop, 7 lifts, 21 runs
Mount Airy Lodge, Pennsylvania , 31 miles away, 250 foot drop, 3 lifts, 6 runs
Alpine Mountain, Pennsylvania , 37 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Blue Marsh, Pennsylvania , 39 miles away, 315 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Elk Mountain, Pennsylvania , 40 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 27 runs
 Hotels Near Lehigh River:
Comfort Inn - Pocono Mountains, White Haven , 5 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites WHITE HAVEN - LAKE HARMONY, White Haven , 5 miles away
Quality Inn Pocono Resort, Lake Harmony , 6 miles away
Country Place Inn And Suites, White Haven , 8 miles away
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites, White Haven , 8 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Lehigh River:
Lehigh Gorge Campground, White Haven, 3 miles away
Sandy Valley Campground, White Haven, 3 miles away
Hickory Run State Park, Lake Harmony, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Lehigh River:
Boulder Field Trail, Carbon , 9 miles away
Choke Creek Trail, Lackawanna , 12 miles away
Refuge Trail, Lackawanna , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Lehigh River:
Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Bethlehem - PA , 31 miles away
Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River, Beach Lake - PA , 54 miles away
Lehigh Gorge State Park, Pennsylvania , 3 miles away
Hickory Run State Park, Pennsylvania , 7 miles away
Beltzville State Park, Pennsylvania , 14 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Lehigh River:
Mountain Laurel Golf Club, White Haven , 3 miles away
Wilkes Barre Golf Club, Bear Creek , 9 miles away
Alfortene Golf Links, Wilkes Barre , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Lehigh River
Francis E Walter Reservoir, Luzerne , 6 miles away
Kriss Pines Lake, Carbon , 11 miles away
Beltzville Lake, Carbon , 12 miles away

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