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Although the descent is not overly steep (35ft per mile), it has plenty of rocky technical spots with good flow. I would not recommend a kayak over 10 feet in length, white water kayak or cross-over kayak fit the bill here - probably a good idea to wear a helmet too. Watch for strainers as this first section is mostly in the woods.
Once you get into the town of Tamaqua, there is a park that you can use to park your boat if you want to go hit up a fast food restaurant or mini mart before continuing. After getting through town, the river takes a straighter path and hugs Rt 309 for a good while.
I ran this when the Tamaqua gauge was at 3.1 and would consider it a solid class 2 paddle. Look for the Tamaqua river gauge to read at least 2.6 ft to run and don't paddle alone.
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