Swimming and tubing in The Stonycreek Corridor is about more than getting wet. It’s a way to immerse yourself in the natural and cultural heritage of this place. Quemahoning Lake once was a playground for Bethlehem Steel Company executives. And kayakers, canoers and rafters have been enjoying the Stony’s whitewater for decades. These are places to experience history and adventure – and, of course, get wet!
Coal Tubin offers guided whitewater raft trips through the Class III-IV rapids within the Stonycreek Canyon along with tube excursions down calmer sections of The Stonycreek into Johnstown. Depending upon the water level, tube trips last either three hours or one hour, but tube rentals are good for the entire day.
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Greenhouse Park also is the location of Whitewater Park in the adjacent section of the Stonycreek River. Here, just a handful of miles south of Johnstown on PA Route 403, kayakers, canoers, swimmers, body surfers and tubing enthusiasts can play in Pennsylvania’s first set of artificial rapids. Whether you are just learning about whitewater or are an experienced paddler, this is a great place to enjoy nature and the parks’ activity.
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The Quemahoning Family Recreation Area features a swimming area and beach that are open for public use through payment of a day-use fee or with an annual pass. Nearby are individual picnic tables plus various-sized pavilions along with other recreational resources, including a children’s playground, horseshoe pits and a walking trail.
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