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Pittsburgh Kayakers Message Board › Drowning in the Shenango River/Mercer County

Drowning in the Shenango River/Mercer County

Hugh D. C.
Hartstown, PA
Post #: 3
Restarting this message: Two nights ago, three paddlers in a canoe spilled in the river near the New Hamburg bridge, just a few miles before the river empties into Lake Shenango Resv. In order to better see the bank (so the newspaper reports), the guy stood up. They then hit something, and spilled. The two women made it ashore, while the guy became exhausted and downed, and disappeared. They have given up the search for his body. Some unfortunate paddler or fisherman will find it someday soon...apparently, none of them were wearing a PFD.

The river was about as high as it gets under normal circumstances, flowing at about 900 c/sec. This time of year, the dam at Pymatuning State Park releases a lot of water to get Pymatuning Lake down to winter pool. This has the affect of flattening out the water, making riffles and rocks disappear. It also dramatically increased the power and speed of the current. Some bridges become "low bridges."

Please watch the USGS data. If the river is high, and you are of modest skill and strength, paddle the lake and save the river for another day.

Hugh Clark
Shenango River Watchers
Janet K
user 10208753
Pittsburgh, PA
Post #: 98
so tragic! thanks for the warning, Hugh
eileen b.
Pittsburgh, PA
Post #: 19
That is just horrible; my condolences to his family. Thanks for the reminder about a PFD as well...
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