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Pennsylvania whitewater, Little Conemaugh River

Cambria county, Lilly to Portage section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     5.6 miles
  The Lilly to Portage stretch of Little Conemaugh River in Cambria County is 5.6 miles long and is a class III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The starting point is not too far from Johnstown, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. The beautiful scenery of Cambria County and the water flowing gracefully down Little Conemaugh River make the trip here worthwhile. There arenít
    any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby.
Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling rivers. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Pennsylvania is often easier than elsewhere, so better not forget that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more. The Lilly to Portage section is one of many paddling sections  
in this river system. This is a pretty decent length section, it's perfect for a one day trip.

Briefly about the general area:
If the weather is good here at Little Conemaugh River, you can go for a hike along the Lost Turkey Trail. Blue Knob State Park is worth taking a look at if you're at Little Conemaugh River; on a wonderful day you can take a hike along the John P Saylor Trail. This is such a great river. Little Conemaugh River is not far at all from Cassandra, and charming scenery and delightful skiing is what you acquire at Blue Knob. All the water falling down from the sky makes Little Conemaugh River a wet place.

Little Conemaugh River, Lilly to Portage 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 Little Conemaugh River.
 Whitewater Near Little Conemaugh River:
Little Conemaugh River, Cambria County, 2 miles away
      Class III - 5.6 miles long (Lilly to Portage)
Chest Creek, Cambria/Clearfield County, 6 miles away
      Class I-III - 34 miles long (LR11038 to West Br. Susquehanna River)
Blacklick Creek - South Branch, Cambria County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 9 miles long (Route 271 to Vintondale)
Little Conemaugh River, Cambria County, 10 miles away
      Class II - 10.2 miles long (South Fork to Johnstown)
Clearfield Creek, Cambria/Clearfield County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 62.2 miles long (Ashville to West Br.Susquehanna River)
Clear Shade Creek, Somerset County, 14 miles away
      Class III - 5.5 miles long (Crum Road to Shade Creek)
Paint Creek, Somerset County, 17 miles away
      Class V - 2.7 miles long (SR 56 to Stonycreek River)
Bobs Creek, Bedford County, 17 miles away
      Class I-III - 13.1 miles long (Dunning Creek to 1.7 miles above Pennsylvania Route 869)
Roaring Fork, Somerset County, 17 miles away
      Class IV - 1.5 miles long (Rt 160 Bridge to confluence with Shade Creek)
Shade Creek, Somerset County, 18 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9.6 miles long (Confluence of Dark and Clear Shade to Stony Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Little Conemaugh River:
Blue Knob, Pennsylvania , 9 miles away, 1072 foot drop, 7 lifts, 34 runs
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 38 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 46 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 49 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Tussey Mountain, Pennsylvania , 65 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 67 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Boyce Park, Pennsylvania , 76 miles away, 180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 84 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 89 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Ski Denton, Pennsylvania , 91 miles away, 650 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
 Hotels Near Little Conemaugh River:
Red Carpet Inn And Suites, Ebensburg , 8 miles away
Quality Inn Ebensburg, Ebensburg , 8 miles away
Super 8 Johnstown, Johnstown , 14 miles away
Sleep Inn Johnstown, Johnstown , 15 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Johnstown, Johnstown , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Little Conemaugh River:
Blue Knob State Park, Imler, 8 miles away
Woodland Park, Ebensburg, 9 miles away
Nanty Glo Municipal Authority Pool and Park, Nanty Glo, 13 miles away
 Trails Near Little Conemaugh River:
Lost Turkey Trail, Somerset , 12 miles away
John P Saylor Trail, Somerset , 13 miles away
Wolf Rocks Trail, Somerset , 14 miles away
Old '56' Trail, Somerset , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Little Conemaugh River:
Blue Knob State Park, Pennsylvania , 9 miles away
S.B. Elliott State Park, Pennsylvania , 40 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Little Conemaugh River:
Maple Crest Golf Club, Portage , 2 miles away
Ebensburg Country Club, Ebensburg , 6 miles away
Summit Country Club, Cresson , 6 miles away

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