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Pennsylvania whitewater, Lehigh River

Carbon Lehigh Northhampton Monroe county, Pennsylvania Route 435 to Canal Park Allentown section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     82.1 miles
  The wonderful Carbon / Lehigh / Northhampton / Monroe County scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The starting location is a short drive from Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, as you can see on the road map further down. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Pennsylvania tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so don't forget that many runs in this state are very easy. A bit of
    exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come. 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.
There's camping available near Lehigh River. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are lots of good spots for that around here. A stretch of this length does require some preparations, so make sure you pack enough food along with your camping gear. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Pennsylvania Route 435 to Canal Park Allentown stretch is just one of many. This section of  
Lehigh River in Pennsylvania is 82.1 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class I-III section of whitewater.

Briefly about the general area:
Gotta ski! Blue Mountain is a magnificent site to do that, and Big Pocono State Park is a great place to go. Hiking along the Indian Trail is wonderful fun, and obviously, everyone loves Beltzville State Park. This is a great river. Take a hike on the Camelback Trail, and there are plenty of folks from Kunkletown here. The high level of precipitation makes Lehigh River a reasonably wet place. The month with most of the rain is August, and the driest month is February.

Lehigh River, Pennsylvania Route 435 to Canal Park Allentown 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:
Tunkhannock Creek, Monroe/Carbon County, 9 miles away
      Class I-III - 4.4 miles long (Pennsylvania Route 115 to Pennsylvania Route 940)
Whitewater Outfitter - Whitewater Raft Center, Carbon County, 12 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Pocono Creek, Monroe County, 13 miles away
      Class II-IV - 10.6 miles long (Tannersville to Stroudsburg)
Whitewater Outfitter - Whitewater Raft Center, Monroe County, 14 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Paradise Creek, Monroe County, 16 miles away
      Class III - 7.7 miles long (Keokee Chapel Lane to mouth)
Lehigh River, Carbon / Lehigh / Northhampton / Monroe County, 17 miles away
      Class I-III - 82.1 miles long (Pennsylvania Route 435 to Canal Park Allentown)
Lehigh River, Carbon County, 19 miles away
      Class II-III - 12.5 miles long (Rockport to Glen Onoko)
Martins Creek, Northampton County, 19 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Flicksville to mouth)
Lehigh River, Carbon County, 20 miles away
      Class II(III) - 6.75 miles long (Francis Walters Dam to White Haven)
Wallenpaupack Creek, Wayne County, 21 miles away
      Class I-III - 9.8 miles long (Mountainview Road to Ledgedale Road)
 Ski Areas Near Lehigh River:
Blue Mountain, Pennsylvania , 5 miles away, 1082 foot drop, 9 lifts, 33 runs
Big Boulder, Pennsylvania , 11 miles away, 475 foot drop, 7 lifts, 16 runs
Camelback, Pennsylvania , 11 miles away, 800 foot drop, 15 lifts, 34 runs
Mount Airy Lodge, Pennsylvania , 15 miles away, 250 foot drop, 3 lifts, 6 runs
Jack Frost, Pennsylvania , 16 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 21 runs
Alpine Mountain, Pennsylvania , 20 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Bear Creek, Pennsylvania , 25 miles away, 510 foot drop, 7 lifts, 21 runs
Sno Mountain, Pennsylvania , 26 miles away, 1020 foot drop, 7 lifts, 30 runs
Shawnee Mountain, Pennsylvania , 28 miles away, 700 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Spring Mountain, Pennsylvania , 34 miles away, 420 foot drop, 6 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near Lehigh River:
Chateau Resort & Conference Center, Tannersville , 11 miles away
Best Western Inn At Blakeslee-Pocono, Blakeslee , 11 miles away
Days Inn Tannersville, Tannersville , 12 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites, Mount Pocono , 13 miles away
Red Carpet Inn Wind Gap, Wind Gap , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Lehigh River:
Don Laine Campground, Palmerton, 4 miles away
Chestnut Lake Campground, Brodheadsville, 5 miles away
Peaceful Woodlands Family Campground, Blakeslee, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Lehigh River:
Camelback Trail, Monroe , 11 miles away
Indian Trail, Monroe , 12 miles away
Boulder Field Trail, Carbon , 13 miles away
Lakeside Trail, Monroe , 16 miles away
Choke Creek Trail, Lackawanna , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Lehigh River:
Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Bethlehem - PA , 16 miles away
Delaware National Scenic River, Bushkill - PA , 39 miles away
Beltzville State Park, Pennsylvania , 8 miles away
Big Pocono State Park, Pennsylvania , 11 miles away
Hickory Run State Park, Pennsylvania , 13 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Lehigh River:
Indian Mountain Golf Course, Kresgeville , 2 miles away
Hideaway Hills Golf Club, Kresgeville , 3 miles away
Jack Frost National, Blakeslee , 5 miles away
 Lakes Near Lehigh River
Lake Akiba, Monroe , 8 miles away
Chicola Lake, Monroe , 8 miles away
Lake Naomi, Monroe , 10 miles away

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