the dams below Harrisburg ...
Posted by: pilotwingz on Aug-28-13 10:33 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Aug-28-13 11:12 PM EST --
...... not sure if it's called "3 Mile Island dam" or not , but that's what I call it .
"Safe Harbor dam" (at Else Isl.) comes next downstream of 3 Mile Isl. .
"Holtwood dam" comes next below Safe Harbor .
"Conowingo dam" last ... Broad Creek is well above Conowingo dam ... not too far into the creek (maybe a mile) , after the 1st bend to the left is a cove (on left) where the ramp is , from the creek you can easily see it's small peir in the cove .
I suggest you start by taking a look at Google Maps , Birds Eye view , and tour the river stretch you are considering .
Mind the gage at Harrisburg ... 3' is low and slow , 6' is real pushy , 8' is rollin hard . We fish it in the nephew's Jet/Jon .
When the dams sound out and release , the whole river wide becomes a different animal for a considerable ways downstream of the race . You will want to move towards the westerm shore and be close enough to get out if you want to , should you find the water rising too fast and beginning to run too strong .
I believe Holtwood will shutle you over to the PA. public ramp on the western shore below the bridge . Down from that ramp (on the same side) is "Peachbottom" Nuc. power plant (has public ramps also) . Be aware of the discharge at the lower end of Peachbottom , and it's intake pretty much straight out from the ramps .
Between the dams (Safe Harbor-Holtwood-Conowingo) is like a huge lake , flat and slow ... unless they are discharging , which they do regularly . There is construction going on at Holtwood presently and for awhile to come yet .
If the wind comes up (which it will) , you'll be glad you are near the western shore .
What will you be paddling if you go for it ??
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