Tunkhannock Creek – Mike

15 Apr 2012 - Nicholson, PA
Basic – Class I Water, 12.0 Miles
Contact: Plod Pedal Paddle, mcolwell@stny.rr.com, 607-765-5555


The weather has been nasty and nice with a regular ocilation this Spring.  It looks like we will catch it on a nice node next weekend, Sunday April 15, for my first trip of the season.  Tunkhannock Creek, 12 miles, Nicholson PA to Dixon PA (Tunkhannock).

The Tunkhannock is still our plan, but we will need some rain in order to paddle it.  We like to see a minimum of 2 feet, preferably 2.5, on the Tunkhannock gauge. It began its exponential decay from 2.5 feet on April 2nd when it last saw rainfall.  It is now at 1.8 feet.  I think it is safe to say that we will not receive the benefit of a snow melt at this point, so the rain dance is all we have left.


For those who have not paddled the Tunkhannock, it is a typical drop and pool creek, about the size of the Tioughnioga, with a little more gradient.  There are a few nice surfing spots, and one class 1 rapid section that can be a lot of fun.  More gradient means more speed, but it also means the water runs out quicker.  The Tunkhannock feels remote because the area is not built up, and there is no highway in the valley.  Because it is a faster creek, it is not a beginner venue.  There are always strainers along the way to avoid, and good boat control is a necessity.  We will be on the fringe of the wetsuit required, as the nights will be in the 30s most of the week, so the water will be cold.

Now that I have you all pumped up, I will mention our back up plan.  If the Tunkhannock does not have enough water, we will switch our plans to the Tioughnioga, and paddle my favorite section from Blodgett Mills to Marathon.

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Mike Colwell

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