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Pennsylvania whitewater, Shade Creek

Somerset county, Confluence of Dark and Clear Shade to Stony Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     9.6 miles
  If you're coming from Somerset it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master in this state than those in other states, so keep in mind that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. This stretch of Shade Creek in Somerset County is 9.6 miles long and it is classified as a class III-IV section
    by American Whitewater. The campgrounds here at Shade Creek are pretty good. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Confluence of Dark and Clear Shade to Stony Creek section is one of them. The nature
scenery of Somerset County and the playfulness of the water will make you feel great. Getting a good workout and spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to come. This stretch is mid length, suitable for an afternoon trip. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. No need to look hard for hotels, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your  

Briefly about the general area:
There's nice hiking along the Wolf Rocks Trail, and lots of folks from Stoystown come here. Don't leave Shade Creek without first going for a hike along the Old '56' Trail. High temperatures at Shade Creek through the long summer days are in the 80's; the nighttime is a little chillier of course, frequently in the 50's. Highs during the wintertime are ordinarily in the 30's, and overnight lows in the 10's for Shade Creek. Shade Creek is a good spot of typical rainfall. July is when you get the most rain here, and the driest of the months is February.

Shade Creek, Confluence of Dark and Clear Shade to Stony Creek road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

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Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Shade Creek.
 Whitewater Near Shade Creek:
Roaring Fork, Somerset County, 2 miles away
      Class IV - 1.5 miles long (Rt 160 Bridge to confluence with Shade Creek)
Shade Creek, Somerset County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9.6 miles long (Confluence of Dark and Clear Shade to Stony Creek)
Stonycreek River, Somerset County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.6 miles long (Foustwell to Carpenters Park)
Paint Creek, Somerset County, 4 miles away
      Class V - 2.7 miles long (SR 56 to Stonycreek River)
Stonycreek River, Somerset County, 5 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 1.7 miles long (Hollsopple to Foustwell)
Dark Shade Creek, Somerset County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.1 miles long (Rockingham to Clear Shade)
Clear Shade Creek, Somerset County, 8 miles away
      Class III - 5.5 miles long (Crum Road to Shade Creek)
Hinckston Run, Cambria County, 8 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.1 miles long (Hinckston Falls Area)
Stonycreek River, Somerset County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.97 miles long (Shanksville to Mostoller)
Conemaugh River, Cambria/ Westmoreland County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 25.9 miles long (Johnstown to Torrance)
 Ski Areas Near Shade Creek:
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 21 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Blue Knob, Pennsylvania , 22 miles away, 1072 foot drop, 7 lifts, 34 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 28 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 32 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 48 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Boyce Park, Pennsylvania , 63 miles away, 180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 71 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 72 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 73 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Tussey Mountain, Pennsylvania , 82 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
 Hotels Near Shade Creek:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites JOHNSTOWN, Johnstown , 5 miles away
Sleep Inn Johnstown, Johnstown , 5 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Johnstown, Johnstown , 5 miles away
Super 8 Johnstown, Johnstown , 7 miles away
Econo Lodge Johnstown, Johnstown , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Shade Creek:
Quemahoning Family Recreation Area, Jerome, 7 miles away
Pine Oaks Campground, Friedens, 10 miles away
Woodland Park, Ebensburg, 15 miles away
 Trails Near Shade Creek:
Old '56' Trail, Somerset , 7 miles away
Wolf Rocks Trail, Somerset , 7 miles away
Lost Turkey Trail, Somerset , 7 miles away
John P Saylor Trail, Somerset , 8 miles away
Roger Mountain Trail, Indiana , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Shade Creek:
Blue Knob State Park, Pennsylvania , 20 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Shade Creek:
Richland Greens Golf Center, Johnstown , 5 miles away
Northwinds Golf Course, Central City , 8 miles away
Windber Country Club, Salix , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Shade Creek
Quemahoning Reservoir, Somerset , 6 miles away
Indian Lake, Somerset , 8 miles away

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