The Upper Pine is a 10-mile section of Pine Creek that is perfect for beginner and intermediate paddlers.  It is shorter, easier, and just as scenic and beautiful as the 17-mile canyon.  Some even prefer this stretch over the canyon.

It is the most highly recommended part of Pine Creek at low water levels (below 2 ft), and is a great paddling option for everyone, regardless of their skill level.  The Upper Pine is also excellent for fishing.  The rapids are smaller class I/II rapids that are generally pretty easy to navigate and lots of fun to paddle. 

Start your Upper Pine trip between 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM. 

Park and check in at Pine Creek Outfitters.  We transport you and the boats upstream to start.  You will float back to here and end at Pine Creek Outfitters.  It’s very easy and convenient.  We have a sign that marks the take-out. 

 

REXFORD—5 MILES, 1-2 HOURS

GAINES—8 MILES, 2-3 HOURS

WATROUS—10 MILES, 3-4 HOURS

GALETON—13 MILES, 4-5 HOURS

 

THE UPPER PINE

RESERVATIONS:

We highly recommend reserving any equipment or shuttle services in advance.  We accept walk-ins too, but it helps to make advanced reservations.  We recommend reserving 1-2 weeks or more in advance in spring, and a few days in advance in the summer.  

NORMAL PADDLING SEASON is MARCH—MAY:

Pine Creek can often be too low for paddling during summer and fall, so plan your river trips for spring.  In March, the rapids are usually at their biggest and the river level is high.  By April, most snow has melted and Pine Creek requires more rainfall.  By May, Pine Creek is completely dependent on rainfall to sustain levels.  Don’t be afraid to go early in the spring season, it’s the best time to go.

WHAT TO WEAR IN SPRING:

The river is always chilly (even in late May).  RENT A WETSUIT which virtually eliminates the danger of hypothermia.  Wetsuits can be worn with additional layers of clothing (long underwear, fleece, wool, etc.).  “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong outfit!”

SUMMER AND FALL BOATING:

Sometimes it happens, but you can never know when or for how long.  Plan for activities like biking and hiking as summer alternatives.  Check the river conditions about 2 to 3 days before your trip.  We are open for boat rentals all year, but need the appropriate water conditions. 

UPPER PINE RENTAL & SHUTTLE RATES (per person):

(Includes paddles, PFDs, and SHUTTLE SERVICE)

prices per person

CANOE / RAFT

KAYAK

Rexford - 5 miles

1 to 2 hours

$18

$24

Gaines - 8 miles

2 to 3 hours

$22

$28

Watrous - 10 miles

3 to 4 hours

$26

$32

Galeton - 13 miles

4 to 5 hours

$30

$36

GUIDED KAYAKING (approx. 3 hours):

(Includes boat rental, shuttle, and guide)

prices per person

1 - 4 people

5 or more

Guided Trip

$50/person

$45/person

Wetsuit Rental (recommended)

FREE

FREE