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Pennsylvania whitewater, Lizard Creek

Schuykill Carbon county, Pennsylvania Route 309 to Kittitiny Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     13.8 miles
  The starting point is not too far from Reading, as you can see on the road map further down. The Pennsylvania Route 309 to Kittitiny Road section of Lizard Creek is 13.8 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class I-III section of whitewater. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Pennsylvania are easier than the national
    norm, so if you're not from around here don't forget that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. The wonderful Schuykill / Carbon County scenery and the playfulness of the water will make you feel great.
Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling places. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. This section has enough mileage for an overnight  
trip, so pack your camp stove.

Briefly about the general area:
This is a popular spot for people from Aquashicola, and you definitely ought to pop by Beltzville State Park if you're here. Good hiking is available along the Valley Rim Trail, and a visit to Lehigh Gorge State Park when you're here is never a bad idea. This river is so great. Go for a hike on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Lizard Creek gets a good deal of water. All through the month of May you get the most rain around here, and the driest month is February. All through the long summer days highs here at Lizard Creek get into the 70's; the overnight is slightly chillier of course, frequently in the 50's.

Lizard Creek, Pennsylvania Route 309 to Kittitiny Road 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 Lizard Creek.
 Whitewater Near Lizard Creek:
Lizard Creek, Schuykill / Carbon County, 7 miles away
      Class I-III - 13.8 miles long (Pennsylvania Route 309 to Kittitiny Road)
Nesquehoning Creek, Carbon County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.6 miles long (Confluence with Broad Run to mouth)
Black Creek, Carbon County, 11 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6.6 miles long (Hudsondale to mouth)
Lehigh River, Carbon County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 12.5 miles long (Rockport to Glen Onoko)
Whitewater Outfitter - Whitewater Raft Center, Carbon County, 12 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Lehigh River, Carbon County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 9 miles long (White Haven to Rockport)
Whitewater Outfitter - Lehigh Rafting Rentals, Luzerne County, 17 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Lehigh River, Carbon County, 19 miles away
      Class II(III) - 6.75 miles long (Francis Walters Dam to White Haven)
Black Creek, Luzerne County, 20 miles away
      Class I-IV - 14.6 miles long (Hazelton to Nescopeck)
Tunkhannock Creek, Monroe/Carbon County, 21 miles away
      Class I-III - 4.4 miles long (Pennsylvania Route 115 to Pennsylvania Route 940)
 Ski Areas Near Lizard Creek:
Bear Creek, Pennsylvania , 17 miles away, 510 foot drop, 7 lifts, 21 runs
Blue Mountain, Pennsylvania , 18 miles away, 1082 foot drop, 9 lifts, 33 runs
Big Boulder, Pennsylvania , 19 miles away, 475 foot drop, 7 lifts, 16 runs
Jack Frost, Pennsylvania , 20 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 21 runs
Blue Marsh, Pennsylvania , 30 miles away, 315 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Sno Mountain, Pennsylvania , 32 miles away, 1020 foot drop, 7 lifts, 30 runs
Camelback, Pennsylvania , 32 miles away, 800 foot drop, 15 lifts, 34 runs
Spring Mountain, Pennsylvania , 33 miles away, 420 foot drop, 6 lifts, 9 runs
Mount Airy Lodge, Pennsylvania , 36 miles away, 250 foot drop, 3 lifts, 6 runs
Alpine Mountain, Pennsylvania , 42 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
 Hotels Near Lizard Creek:
Hampton Inn Lehighton-Jim Thorpe PA, Lehighton , 7 miles away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Lehighton (Jim Thorpe), PA, Lehighton , 8 miles away
Super 8 Kutztown/Allentown Area, Kutztown , 10 miles away
Hawthorn Suites By Wyndham Allentown-Fogelsville, Allentown , 13 miles away
Comfort Inn Lehigh Valley West, Allentown , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Lizard Creek:
Bake Oven Knob Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Aquashicola, 2 miles away
Bake Oven Campground, Ashfield, 4 miles away
Mauch Chunk Lake County Park, Nesquehoning, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Lizard Creek:
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Schuylkill , 12 miles away
Valley Rim Trail, Berks , 14 miles away
Pinnacle Trail, Berks , 14 miles away
Boulder Field Trail, Carbon , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Lizard Creek:
Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Bethlehem - PA , 25 miles away
Delaware National Scenic River, Bushkill - PA , 60 miles away
Lehigh Gorge State Park, Pennsylvania , 13 miles away
Beltzville State Park, Pennsylvania , 14 miles away
Hickory Run State Park, Pennsylvania , 16 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Lizard Creek:
Olde Homestead Golf Club, New Tripoli , 4 miles away
Members Club Golf At Villas, Tamaqua , 10 miles away
The Blue Ridge Country Club, Palmerton , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Lizard Creek
Beltzville Lake, Carbon , 10 miles away
Kriss Pines Lake, Carbon , 10 miles away
Big Boulder Lake, Carbon , 19 miles away

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