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The creek is best run by putting in at Rose point bridge on US 422,and floating the creek down through the McConnells mills state park. This will include a portage around the dam at the mill itself (A grist mill built in 1874 and maintained as a tourist attraction).
Most people take out at Eckerts Bridge, still with in the park boundries. This is only a two and a half mile run so may be done several times in a day if you wish. The trip can be extended another 6 miles by floating to Harris bridge on Mountville road.
This is serious water and has claimed many lives over the years, including the life of a brave volunteer Fire fighter who was attempting to recover the body of a kayaker. Fortunately it is possible (and really necessary!) to walk the length of the run on park trails. AGAIN....please scout this run before attempting it! In my opinion the worst, or best depending on perspective are those above the mill.
The "Gorge" is a national natural landmark and is breathtaking in its beauty. There are many, many rock faces and boulders. Numerous streams cascade down the sides and lush green trees shade your passage.
I have done this run in a small rec. type kayak, and even my OT Loon 138, and a 17 foot aluminum canoe. Guess which "boat" didn't make it??? Yea, that's right the canoe. Couldn't keep the water out of the canoe and finally hit a spot where we had too much water, and no time between rapids to dump it out. It was a beautiful day for a swim, and we got ALMOST all our stuff back....eventually.
As always lay on your back, keep feet pointed down stream and enjoy the ride until you reach a calmer spot. The gorge is a great place to play but please respect it, or it will kill you.
Cartop Kayak Carriers
Pull-Up Strap Handle Kit
Paddler's Truck Rack