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Clarion River in Pennsylvania

Trip Overview

Portland Mills to Gravel Lick

Water Gauge A little above 3 ft

Put in at 6 on Fri. took out at gravel lick at 4:30 on sun.

Friday we took out after the x rapid at dark. We put in early on Sat. and took out at Millstone creek to camp at about 6 I am guessing. Put in early again and took out at Gravel lick at 4:30. We stopped along the way for lunch and to mess around. We were also fishing for a good portion of the time. We stopped on and island between cooksburg and gravel lick Seemed like a good spot to camp. Also there was a good site after the Z rapid.

We caught a bunch of fish. Brook, brown, and rainbow trout and a bunch of smallies. All the trout were at least 10 inches and one of the browns was a monster. We chases a bald eagle through the upper portions of the creek. Also, saw lots of ducks, heron, and osprey.

Did not have any trouble capsizing our 4 loaded canoes, saw a couple kayaks flip in some rapids between Irwin and heath station. All in all it was an awesome experience and will be looking to do this stretch again.


Tons of camping along the river, pretty much wherever you get out and look. So no need to make a fire ring or anything.


Two aluminum canoes, one plastic, and one fiberglass. All got along fine with water levels slightly above 3 ft




Put in at Portland mills on SR- 949. Took out at the gravel lick bridge, gravel lick road is off of Miola Rd. by SR- 36.


The Clarion River Water Trail Map- look at the Fish and Boating Website

  • Duration: 2-3 Day Trip
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Group Rates: No

Locations on this Trip