I am looking to paddle the West Branch sometime in May. My put on date is somewhat flexible and will somewhat depend on water levels.
I'd like to start at Cherry Tree. Can anyone shed any light as to a minimum level to put on here? If there is enough water to put on at Cherry Tree what will some of the named rapids on the river map be like?
If anyone has actual experience with this section and water levels any incite would be greatly appreciated.
Otherwise I will be going off the info in the river trail maps.
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Posted by: bluemerle on Mar-21-13 9:55 AM (EST)
Posted by: windwalker on Mar-21-13 10:13 AM (EST)
I have Gerler's book and the maps, was looking for hands on info.
Posted by: willowleaf on Mar-21-13 10:50 AM (EST)
My beau lives right on the river 2 miles downstream from the Shawville dam so we often paddle sections on either side of that spillway. We keep records on the levels when we go out but they are up at his place. I'll ask him to bring our trip log down this weekend (we live 130 miles apart) and get back to you.
Posted by: windwalker on Mar-21-13 8:41 PM (EST)
look forward to hearing any info you have.
Feedback on West Branch levels|
Posted by: willowleaf on Apr-01-13 2:42 PM (EST)
WW: Sorry this took so long. Forgot to ask my co-paddler to bring our river records down to the city with him that weekend. But I was up at his place over the holiday and we actually canoed the West Branch on Saturday, putting in a little north of where you plan to start, just above the dam at Irvin Park -- closest gauge to the section we did was Hyde (where 879 crosses) and it was at 1000 cfm and 4.5 feet.
Posted by: windwalker on Apr-01-13 8:17 PM (EST)
for the info.
Posted by: willowleaf on Apr-01-13 9:16 PM (EST)
How far are you hoping to go? Are you planning to solo? We might be able to help you with a shuttle back downstream depending on your time frame and take out location.
Posted by: windwalker on Apr-02-13 12:43 PM (EST)
Thanks for shuttle offer.
Shawville dam portage|
Posted by: willowleaf on Apr-02-13 1:12 PM (EST)
The portage around the Shawville dam is a royal pain in the ass. They are supposed to decommission that plant by 2015 (currently listed as the second dirtiest power plant for emissions in the whole US). Once that thing is gone we figure they will take down the dam (which is modular steel that they move periodically for maintenance). Watch yourself along 879 there.
Posted by: willowleaf on Apr-02-13 2:23 PM (EST)
The takeout I mentioned is across the road from Frenchville on the north shore (the Frenchville access proper is a horrible road in). The next takeouts are Rolling Stone Bridge at SR 1011, Karthaus at 879 and then Keating where the Sinnemahoning joins the river, at Rte. 120. Were you planning to go farther than those?
All the way|
Posted by: windwalker on Apr-02-13 10:01 PM (EST)
I'm going all the way - taking out on the main stem Susquehanna, probably at the Fabridam in Sunbury.
Posted by: willowleaf on Apr-03-13 12:27 PM (EST)
you have to take out on the left -- besides the steep bank they don't like people on the power plant property that covers the whole right bank. There is a crappy little picnic area and then you have to squeeze onto the narrow berm of 879 to haul your boat past the dam. You can get back in below the parking lot of the little store/ice cream stand past the bridge and just before where Trout Run comes in from the NE. There is not a lot of traffic on that part of 879 but what does come, comes fast.