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Loyalhanna Creek

  • Sep 1, 2013 · 10:00 AM

if the creek is high enough (2.5+ ft kingston) we will paddle from Kingston Dam to Craig's Mill Bridge on Oasis Rd (TR654 Derry Twp), just short of New Alexandria. this is about 11 miles. we will drop off the boats at Kingston, drive vehicles to the take-out on Oasis Rd, and shuttle back to put-in.

the New Alexandria to Bush Recreation Area option is out. the lake has risen 18 feet with Wednesday's rain runoff (from 922 ft to 940 ft). Bush Recreation Area is closed, probably for at least a week. the campground at Bush Rec was evacuated. all campers, including the camp host, had to pull out on Thursday as the water rose. a rare event for this time of year.

we will be putting on at the base of Kingston Dam. a bit rugged, this is not a developed access. the take-out is not a developed access, but not too bad. we will be parking UP CURRENT of the dam and UP CURRENT (east) of the Rt 30 - Rt 217 intersection. to reach this parking area you have to drive east on rt 30  (assuming folks are coming from the west)  pass rt 217, pass Kingston Dam, keeping both to your left, to Sleepy Hollow Causeway (turn left just in front of the Hollow Tavern sign), about 1 mile east. cross the creek at the causeway, and head back west on rt 30 one mile. you'll pull off the left side of rt 30 BEFORE you reach the rt 217 intersection and traffic light, just after a Subway billboard. you'll see the area to pull off into, beside the pool of Kingston Dam. Kingston Supply company is on the right hand side of the highway here, with an american flag outside the office.

if by chance water is going over the causeway, or you miss the turn for the causeway, you continue east on rt 30 to Longbridge, about another 2 mile. cross the highway divide just after Longbridge (left U-turn) and head back east on Rt 30, 3 miles to the parking on left.

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  • Rob B.

    Had a great time, fun creek!

    September 2, 2013

  • Bobby & Amy D

    Great adventure. It was nice paddling and talking to everyone today. Thanks Tim. Enjoy the pics.

    September 1, 2013

  • Tim V.

    shuttle: 9 people, 7 vehicles. we all met at Kingston put in. unloaded all boats. drove all but one vehicle to take out. all drivers shuttled back to put in with one vehicle. at take out all boats were put onto vehicles. one vehicle used to carry boats and drivers back to the two vehicles left at put in.

    1 · September 1, 2013

  • Tim V.

    wildlife: Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Belted Kingfisher, Spotted Sandpiper, Osprey, Bald Eagle.

    1 · September 1, 2013

  • Tim V.

    weather started out with a low heavy cloud cover and some rain. steadily improved as the day progressed. the float ended with blue sky and sun. we were on the water just over 5 hours. float distance, according to a GPS set to fine increments, was 13.7 miles. creek level at Kingston stayed above 3.3 ft the entire time. we entered the elevated pool of the dam before we reached the Oasis Rd bridge. normally the pool is entered at the Rt 22 bridge 2-3 miles down current.

    1 · September 1, 2013

  • Rob

    5:45AM...gauge shows 3.3ft. I'll be there! ... hoping I have time to stop for breakfast on the way. It's a long drive.

    September 1, 2013

  • Rob

    I'd like to paddle with ya'll but it will depend on how much the level drops over night. It's showing 3.42ft. at 10:45PM tonight. If it holds above 3ft. in the morning then I'm in.

    August 31, 2013

  • Bobby & Amy D

    We are ready. I'm not sure where the parking for the put in is. We will find it though.

    August 31, 2013

  • Tim V.

    there is a sign on the causeway road saying the road is closed due to high water. the water is not high now and the causeway is above water, just some mud left behind at the ends of the causeway.

    August 31, 2013

  • Tim V.

    my comments from the June 16 version of this float:

    we had just enough water flow to do this trip. the kingston gage recorded 2.26 ft at put in time, which was between 11:15 and 11:20 AM. the water rose during the float. the gage recorded 2.34 ft water height in the gage station at take out time. a rain gage in our yard in Latrobe had 0.2" of rain in it from the day's precip.

    ideally this trip could use at least 2-4 more inches of water height in the creek, say 2.5 ft at the kingston gage.

    August 31, 2013

  • Tim V.

    water is looking nice and clearing of high water silt.

    August 31, 2013

  • Tim V.

    the water at kingston gage hopefully is at 2.5' or more. it is dropping though.

    August 31, 2013

  • Bobby & Amy D

    We are ready to get those yaks wet.

    August 30, 2013

  • Rob B.

    The gage at Kingston Dam is at 4.1 feet and falling slowly. I have no idea what the minimum level to be able to paddle it is. Hopefully Tim will chime in.

    August 30, 2013

  • Bobby & Amy D

    How does the water look Tim?

    August 30, 2013

  • Tim V.

    3.5" ended up in my rain gage on Wednesday

    August 29, 2013

  • Tim V.

    the loyalhanna creek at kingston is cresting at 11.19 ft as of wed. 10 pm, up from 2.13 ft. that's a lot of water runoff. the upper watershed got dumped on by heavy rain. the normal summer low can be below 2 ft at kingston, 1.5 ft in a dry spell.

    August 28, 2013

  • Janet K

    Wish I could but already have afternoon plans

    August 27, 2013

  • Bobby & Amy D

    We will be there.

    August 27, 2013

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