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Although the Clarion River is not exactly a wilderness trip (roads and railroads are all easily accessible and visible from the river and there is some private property with homes), one feels very secluded, especially when passing through the Allegheny National Forest, Clear Creek Forest, and Cook Forest. This is absolute birder's heaven! We saw many bald eagles, herons, kingfishers, among others. Deer and river otters abounded. Black bears are common, although we didn't get to see any!
There are a few class I and II rapids along the way, and all are short, fun runs! We had a great time on the X-Y-Z rapids, which are great for beginners learning how to run them.
If you decide to paddle on the Piney Creek Reservoir, please be careful of the powerboaters. We chose not to run this section of the river, mainly because we wanted our experience to be one that included peace, wildlife, and river-running!
Clear Creek State Park offers a well-marked area for overnight riverside camping by canoeists for no fee. The park also has running water, a bath house, and 27 miles of hiking trails for those wishing for a multi-sport adventure.
Love's Canoes in Ridgway also offers a great "drawn" river map with guides for running the class I and II rapids!!!
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