Experienced white-water boating enthusiasts once again can enjoy Class 3 and 4 rapids on Bucks County’s Tohickon Creek this Saturday and Sunday, November 3 - 4, when DCNR releases water from Lake Nockamixon into Tohickon Creek.
The whitewater releases from the Nockamixon State Park dam provide suitable whitewater boating conditions downstream through Ralph Stover State Park from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. each day.
Most launch their craft at Ralph Stover State Park, near Pipersville, Bucks County, and travel some four miles along the Tohickon Creek to its junction with the Delaware River at Point Pleasant.
Boaters should be aware of and abide by the safety code of the American Whitewater Affiliation. Boaters must wear appropriate personal flotation devices; take appropriate precautions to prevent hypothermia; and use only craft designed for this type of water.
Public Viewing of Boaters and Release
Water releases begin at 4:00 A.M. Several hours later, the release consisting of millions of gallons of water moving down the waterway will create whitewater conditions at Ralph Stover State Park, according to park officials.
Suggested hours for viewing the release and boating activity are from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. at Ralph Stover State Park.
Ralph Stover State Park is offering hikes on both days to view the whitewater release. Pre-registration is required for the events.
Releases are historically scheduled on a semi-annual basis, usually occurring on the third weekend in March and the first weekend in November.
For more information, contact Nockamixon State Park at (215) 529-7300, or Delaware Canal State Park at (610) 982-5560.