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Pennsylvania whitewater, Lehigh River

Carbon county, Rockport to Glen Onoko section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     12.5 miles
  The Rockport to Glen Onoko section of Lehigh River is 12.5 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II-III section. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so if you're not from around here don't forget that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. The nature scenery of Pennsylvania and the cool fresh water have people coming
    here. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good spots. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. You can pitch a tent or park
your RV at a nearby campground. You can enjoy this stretch more if you take your time, so why not pack your sleeping bag too. If you're coming from Reading 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. There are some good hotels near the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
Lehigh Gorge State Park is a splendid site to visit; Mahoning Valley is around here, and is a tremendous spot. Why not take a refreshing hike along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail; Beltzville State Park is a fine location. This is such a fun river. Here at Lehigh River you'll possibly meet some people from Aquashicola, and the Boulder Field Trail offers hiking at its best. High temperatures at Lehigh River during the summer months are in the 70's, and all through summer nights temperatures are in the 50's. Highs through the wintertime are usually in the 20's, and overnight lows at Lehigh River through the wintertime usually plunge into the 10's.

Lehigh River, Rockport to Glen Onoko 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:
Nesquehoning Creek, Carbon County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.6 miles long (Confluence with Broad Run to mouth)
Lehigh River, Carbon County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 12.5 miles long (Rockport to Glen Onoko)
Lizard Creek, Schuykill / Carbon County, 9 miles away
      Class I-III - 13.8 miles long (Pennsylvania Route 309 to Kittitiny Road)
Black Creek, Carbon County, 9 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6.6 miles long (Hudsondale to mouth)
Whitewater Outfitter - Whitewater Raft Center, Carbon County, 10 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Lehigh River, Carbon County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 9 miles long (White Haven to Rockport)
Whitewater Outfitter - Lehigh Rafting Rentals, Luzerne County, 13 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Lehigh River, Carbon County, 15 miles away
      Class II(III) - 6.75 miles long (Francis Walters Dam to White Haven)
Bear Creek, Luzerne County, 19 miles away
      Class I-III - 6.6 miles long (Pennsylvania Route 115 to Walter Dam)
Tunkhannock Creek, Monroe/Carbon County, 19 miles away
      Class I-III - 4.4 miles long (Pennsylvania Route 115 to Pennsylvania Route 940)
 Ski Areas Near Lehigh River:
Big Boulder, Pennsylvania , 16 miles away, 475 foot drop, 7 lifts, 16 runs
Blue Mountain, Pennsylvania , 17 miles away, 1082 foot drop, 9 lifts, 33 runs
Jack Frost, Pennsylvania , 17 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 21 runs
Bear Creek, Pennsylvania , 20 miles away, 510 foot drop, 7 lifts, 21 runs
Sno Mountain, Pennsylvania , 29 miles away, 1020 foot drop, 7 lifts, 30 runs
Camelback, Pennsylvania , 30 miles away, 800 foot drop, 15 lifts, 34 runs
Blue Marsh, Pennsylvania , 32 miles away, 315 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Mount Airy Lodge, Pennsylvania , 34 miles away, 250 foot drop, 3 lifts, 6 runs
Spring Mountain, Pennsylvania , 36 miles away, 420 foot drop, 6 lifts, 9 runs
Alpine Mountain, Pennsylvania , 40 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
 Hotels Near Lehigh River:
Hampton Inn Lehighton-Jim Thorpe PA, Lehighton , 5 miles away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Lehighton (Jim Thorpe), PA, Lehighton , 6 miles away
Super 8 Kutztown/Allentown Area, Kutztown , 13 miles away
Comfort Inn - Pocono Mountains, White Haven , 14 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites WHITE HAVEN - LAKE HARMONY, White Haven , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Lehigh River:
Bake Oven Campground, Ashfield, 3 miles away
Mauch Chunk Lake County Park, Nesquehoning, 4 miles away
Bake Oven Knob Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Aquashicola, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Lehigh River:
Boulder Field Trail, Carbon , 13 miles away
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Schuylkill , 14 miles away
Valley Rim Trail, Berks , 16 miles away
Pinnacle Trail, Berks , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Lehigh River:
Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Bethlehem - PA , 26 miles away
Delaware National Scenic River, Bushkill - PA , 59 miles away
Lehigh Gorge State Park, Pennsylvania , 10 miles away
Beltzville State Park, Pennsylvania , 12 miles away
Hickory Run State Park, Pennsylvania , 13 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Lehigh River:
Olde Homestead Golf Club, New Tripoli , 8 miles away
The Blue Ridge Country Club, Palmerton , 9 miles away
Riverview Golf & Country Club, Easton , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Lehigh River
Kriss Pines Lake, Carbon , 8 miles away
Beltzville Lake, Carbon , 8 miles away
Francis E Walter Reservoir, Luzerne , 16 miles away

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