Pine Creek is over 60 miles long. The most popular sections are:
Watrous to Ansonia (10 miles)
Ansonia to Rattlesnake Rocks (19 miles)
Ansonia to Slate Run (29 miles)
Ansonia to Hamilton Bottom (42 miles)
Galeton to Torbert (68 miles)
Pine Creek Outfitters, Inc. offers:
4 to 6 person Raft Rentals
2 to 3 person Canoe Rentals
1 person Kayak Rentals
Wetsuit Rentals (kids sizes up to 4XL adult)
Reservations for equipment rentals are not required. However, we highly recommend reserving any equipment or shuttle services in advance. We recommend reserving 1 to 2 weeks (or more) in advance in spring, and about 1 week in advance during summer and fall.
NORMAL PADDLING SEASON MARCH—MAY:
Pine Creek is typically seasonal, and can often be too low for paddling during summer and fall.
WHAT TO WEAR IN SPRING:
Pine Creek is always cold during the normal paddling season. RENT A WETSUIT which virtually eliminates the danger of hypothermia. Wetsuits can be worn with additional layers of non-cotton clothing like fleece, wool, etc.
“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong outfit!”
SUMMER AND FALL BOATING:
Pine Creek is occasionally high enough for boating in summer and fall, but you never know when or for how long. Plan for activities like biking or hiking as summer alternatives. Check the creek conditions and make reservations about 2 to 3 days before your trip.
Most people start in Ansonia and float south to Blackwell (17 miles, or about 5 to 6 hours on the water). The shuttle pickups at Blackwell (heading back to Ansonia) are at 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM. Longer distances can also be scheduled and arranged. Sign up for a shuttle location and time in advance before you start paddling. There is no cell signal along the creek or at the end of the canyon in Blackwell.
Pine Creek is a natural-flowing wilderness stream with no dams controlling the water level. Pine Creek is typically seasonal. March-May is the best time to plan for boating trips on Pine Creek.
Always check the creek conditions before paddling.