THE PINE CREEK GORGE

The 17-mile Pine Creek Gorge, aka the “Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania,” is an all-day (5 to 6 hours) epic paddling experience.  In spring there are class II/III rapids that require some skill to navigate.  Pine Creek is typically seasonal, and is normally NOT floatable in summer unless there has been recent heavy rain. 

Start your trip at Pine Creek Outfitters in Ansonia.  Most end their trip at Blackwell or Rattlesnake Rock.  Shuttle service back to your vehicle in Ansonia can be arranged, even if you have your own boats.  All rentals include paddles & PFDs.

Please reserve any boats, equipment, or shuttle services in advance.

(570)-724-3003 or e-mail: info@pinecrk.com

 

 

PRIMITIVE CAMPING ON PINE CREEK

Primitive tent camping is allowed along Pine Creek.  YOU MUST HAVE A CAMPING PERMIT.  PERMITS ARE FREE.  You can obtain one by calling DCNR Tioga State Forest Office at (570)-724-2868 or the Tiadaghton State Forest Office at (570)-753-5409.

 

Camping begins after you pass the two state parks (Leonard Harrison and Colton Point, about 5 miles in).  Camping is available for about 11 miles in the Grand Canyon Natural Area, on either side of the river.  There are many nice campsites from Burdic Run to Tiadaghton.  Tiadaghton has year-round fire rings for open fires.  Camping in the natural area ends at Bohen Run, about 1 mile north of Blackwell.  Contact Tioga State Forest Office at (570)-724-2868 for camping permits/info in this section. 

Public camping south of Blackwell is limited to three areas: Hoffman Campground (just south of Blackwell), Black Walnut Bottom (south of Slate Run), and Bonnell Flats (south of Waterville).  Contact Tiadaghton State Forest Office at (570)-753-5409 for camping permits/info in these places.

 

Campfires are allowed as long as there is not a fire ban in effect.  Contact the state forest offices listed above for information regarding fire restrictions.

CAMPING RULES: Camp only in designated camping areas.  Camping on private property is illegal.  Have small fires and use only fallen wood.  Be respectful of other users and wildlife.  CARRY IN, CARRY OUT ALL TRASH—even if it is not yours.

 

WEEKENDS (Fri-Sun)

$24/person

$24/person

$30/person

ONE-DAY BOAT RENTALS

Raft (min. 3 people)

Canoe (min. 2 people)

Kayak (1 person only)

WEEKDAYS (Mon-Th)

$20/person

$20/person

$28/person

2 DAYS

$170/raft

$80/canoe

$55/kayak

MULTI-DAY BOAT RENTALS

Raft (min. 3 people)

Canoe (min. 2 people)

Kayak (1 person only)

Each Additional Day:

+ $55/day

+ $35/day

+ $25/day

1 DAY

$10

$12

$15

WETSUIT RENTALS

Wetsuit (Farmer John)

Wetsuit + Socks

Wetsuit + Socks + Jacket

Each Additional Day:

+ $5/day

+ $6/day

+ $7.50/day

RESERVATIONS:

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:

It happens sometimes, but you never know when or for how long.  Plan for activities like biking or hiking as summer alternatives.  Check the river conditions about 2 to 3 days before your trip

SHUTTLE SERVICES (click HERE for more info):

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.