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Tohickon Creek in Pennsylvania

Trip Overview

We put in the creek at South Park Road, just below the dam at Lake Nockamixon. You have to drag your kayaks down a short path to get under the bridge.

When we were waiting for everyone to get in and settled, we saw 2 bald eagles above the dam. They circled, joined and then free fell, coming apart just above the dam.

If the water level isn't high enough, there are a lot of low spots to get hung up. The water needs to be going over the dam at the lake all the way across the top or it will not be deep enough. There is a USGS gauge station just south of the Stover Mill. You can check the water level at:
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?01459500
before you head out.

The creek has some tricky spots where the current pushes you into the bank, but the creek turns. It's a fun step up from flat water paddling.

There are 2 points you can exit: Route 113 on the right just before the third bridge, or the parking lot at Ralph Stover Mill on Dark Hollow Road. We went to Dark Hollow Road.

After you pass under the 611 bridge, it's about 1.7 miles to the dam at Dark Hollow Road. You must exit the creek on the left, go around the tree and put back in at the bottom of the falls. After you go under the bridge, you will pass the mill and the parking lot is on the right. If you keep going, the creek is up to a class 4 when the water is deep.

The trip took 2.5 hours.

Accommodations:

Pit toilets are at the parking lot at Dark Hollow Road.

Fees:

No

Directions:

Route 611 North from Doylestown 9.5 miles to South Park Road (just up the hill from Wehrungs Lumber), make a left. The dam is about 1 mile up the road. Park on the south side of the road, just west of the bridge. The path down is over the guard rail.

  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Group Rates: No

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