This level is too low for any boating activities. Minimum level for tubing is about 1.3 feet.

1.0 feet—TOO LOW

This is the minimum level for canoes and kayaks.  Class I (easy) difficulty. Upper Pine Creek Only.

1.6 feet—MIN. LEVEL

Good depth for boating. Class II (moderate).  Many boaters prefer it at about this level.

2.5 feet—GOOD LEVEL

This means we just got heavy rain.  The creek becomes class III - and experience is required.

4.5 feet—HIGH LEVEL

Pine Creek Outfitters is located in north-central Pennsylvania near Wellsboro. 


This area receives less average precipitation than the rest of PA.


Rain and thunderstorms will often dissipate as they move through our area. 




The only water sources feeding into Pine Creek are smaller, local tributaries. 


Pine Creek is considered the largest “creek” in the United States and feeds into the West Branch of the Susquehanna River.


Water levels can change quickly based on the weather within a few days of your trip.









SPRING (Mar—May 31st) : Reservations are recommended 1—2 weeks in advance.

SUMMER / FALL (Jun 1st—October 31st) : Reservations are recommended 2—5 days in advance.



You may cancel more than 5 days ahead and you will receive a full refund (minus a 10% reservation and processing fee).  You can always reschedule for a later date this year.  If you cancel within 5 days of your trip there are no refunds available.  We operate rain or shine!


SHUTTLE SERVICES (even if you have your own equipment):

Most people start in Ansonia and travel to Blackwell (17 miles) or Rattlesnake Rock (19 miles).

It takes about 4.5 to 6.5 hours when boating—or about  2.5 to 3.5 hours when biking. 

The shuttle pickups at Blackwell (heading back to Ansonia) are available at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM, & 5:00 PM

Sign up for a shuttle location and time in advance before you start.  Longer distances can also be scheduled and arranged. 

We recommend using Rattlesnake Rock for overnight boating trips because the parking lot is much larger and can handle many more vehicles.



Pine Creek is a natural stream with no dams controlling the water level. 

Always check the creek conditions before your trip.

This area is considered a natural wilderness setting (very limited cell coverage) and you must plan accordingly.

Don’t rely on cell phones to save you in an emergency on Pine Creek or the Pine Creek Rail Trail. 


Pine Creek is sometimes high enough for boating in summer/fall but you never know when or for how long. 

Plan for alternative activities like biking, hiking, rock climbing, or tubing—just in case water level is too low

Always check the creek conditions and make reservations about 2—5 days before your trip.


There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong outfit.

Hypothermia is considered the greatest danger on Pine Creek.  A cold water shock may inhibit your breathing.

RENT A WETSUIT which virtually eliminates the dangers of hypothermia.  Pine Creek is always cold during the normal paddling season.  Wetsuits (2 mm or thicker) can be worn with additional layers of non-cotton clothing like fleece, wool, long underwear, water repellent clothing, etc. 

Always wear a type III Coast Guard approved lifejacket / PFD. 


5142 Rt 6

Wellsboro, PA 16901