NORMAL SEASON: MARCH - MAY
Pine Creek is an all-natural wild river.
There are no dams controlling the water level or flow.
You should always check the river level before paddling.
Pine Creek is over 60 miles long. The most popular sections are:
Make it a multi-day camping trip by starting upstream on the Upper Pine and/or continue to paddle south of Blackwell:
THE MIDDLE GORGE (Blackwell to Slate Run)
THE LOWER GORGE (Slate Run to Hamilton Bottom)
THE LOWER PINE (Hamilton Bottom to Torbert)
PINE CREEK OUTFITTERS OFFERS:
* 4-to-6-person commercial-grade D.I.B. Rafts - carries loads of gear and people easily through big rapids
* 2-to-3-person Old Town Discovery 169 Canoes - good stability, nearly indestructible, perfect for Pine Creek
* 1-person Sit-Inside Emotion Kayaks [Glides- 9’6” & Advantages- 12’6”] - wide cockpits for an easy entrance/exit
* 1 and 2-person Sit-On-Top Kayaks [Temptations & Co-Motions] - for a calm day on the river and for lake paddling
* 3 mm NRS Farmer John Wetsuits, wetsuit socks, mitts, and splash jackets - keeps you warmer when you get wetter!
We highly recommend reserving any equipment or shuttle services in advance. We accept walk-ins too, but it helps to make advanced reservations. We recommend reserving 1-2 weeks or more in advance in spring, and about a week in advance in summer.
NORMAL PADDLING SEASON is MARCH—MAY:
Pine Creek can often be too low for paddling during summer and fall, so plan your boating trips for spring. In March, the rapids are usually at their biggest and the river level is high. By April, most snow has melted and Pine Creek requires more rainfall. By May, Pine Creek is completely dependent on rainfall to sustain levels. Don’t be afraid to go early in the spring season, it’s the best time to go.
WHAT TO WEAR IN SPRING:
The river is always chilly (even in late May). RENT A WETSUIT which virtually eliminates the danger of hypothermia. Wetsuits can be worn with additional layers of clothing (long underwear, fleece, wool, etc.). “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong outfit!”
SUMMER AND FALL BOATING:
Sometimes it happens, but you can never know when or for how long. Plan for activities like biking and hiking as summer alternatives. Check the river conditions about 2 to 3 days before your trip. We are open for boat rentals all year, but need the appropriate water conditions.
Most people start in Ansonia and float south to Blackwell (17 miles, or about 4.5 to 6 hours on the river). The shuttle pickups at Blackwell (heading back to Ansonia) are 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM, and 5:00 PM. Longer distances can also be arranged. You have to sign up for a location and time in advance before you leave to go paddling. There is no cell signal along the river or at the end of the canyon.