Pine Creek is an all natural, free flowing stream (no dams controlling the water flow).  Creek levels will often fluctuate between low and high.  Most people want to go when it is an average level (2.5 to 3.5 ft).  The creek levels change every day and is difficult to predict future conditions.  We always recommend that you check the river level before you paddle. 



4.5 feet

High Water

Swift Current

2.5 feet

Average Water

Steady Current

1.8 feet

Minimum Level

1.0 feet

looks like fun . . .

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

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

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

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

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


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

Pine Creek is an all natural wild stream.


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



Tioga County receives under 34 inches of precipitation annually. 


Keep this in mind when checking the area weather forecast and see the chance of rain.

There are no dams upstream that control the water levels. 


Water levels are difficult to predict more than a few days in advance.






           This area receives very little rainfall when compared to the rest of Pennsylvania.  Many storms tend to break up as they approach our hilly and mountainous region.  Check out the colorful maps below for an explanation of this unique local weather phenomenon.