Pine Creek is a wild, natural-flowing stream with no dams controlling the water level. Pine Creek is typically seasonal. March-May is the best time to plan for boating trips.
You should always check the river level before paddling.
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 (click for RATES)
2 to 3 person Canoe Rentals (click for RATES)
1 person Kayak Rentals (click for RATES)
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:
The river is always cold, even in late May. 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:
Most people start in Ansonia and float south to Blackwell (17 miles, or about 5 to 6 hours on the river). 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 river or at the end of the canyon in Blackwell.