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Canoeing and Kayaking in Tiadaghton State Forest

Pine Creek

Paddling Pine Creek is a spring tradition for many, and a once in a lifetime thrill for others. Whether you’re interested in a three-day excursion or a two-hour easy paddle, any time spent on Pine Creek will be unforgettable. 

The water is best for canoeing in March through May, but heavy rains may permit passage at other times of the year.

Most of the creek is considered Class 1, and is easily navigated by experienced paddlers; however, there are more challenging Class 2 and 3 rapids in some areas.

Please note that in Pennsylvania, a person is required to wear a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD or life jacket) during the cold weather months from November 1 - April 30 while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or any canoe or kayak.

All children 12 years of age and younger on all commonwealth waters must wear a life jacket while underway on any boat 20 feet in length or less and on all canoes and kayaks. “Underway” includes drifting boats. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission PFD requirements apply.

Please note that all watercraft must comply with DCNR State Forest Rules and Regulations, as well as the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Rules and Regulations.

Gasoline and two-stroke engines are not permitted on Pine Creek.

Boat Launches

Tiadaghton State Forest has nine non-motorized boat launches along Pine Creek.

Eight of the launches are considered soft launches and are only accessible and allow launching by carrying your canoe or kayak to the stream.

One launch -- located at Tomb Flats -- allows users to back a vehicle to the water's edge to deploy watercraft.

The boat launches in Tiadaghton State Forest are listed below:

  • Gamble Run
  • Tomb Flats
  • Black Walnut Bottom
  • Clark Farm/Utceter Station
  • Ross Run
  • Hamilton Bottom
  • Bonnell Flats (access to camping/not accessible by motor vehicle)
  • Torbert
  • Phelps Mills

For maps showing available boat launches, please see below.

Pine Creek Rail Trail Maps

Pine Creek Rail Trail -- Northern Section (PDF)

Pine Creek Rail Trail -- Southern Section (PDF)