The Stonycreek not only features great whitewater, but it can guarantee it! Just upstream of the Stonycreek Canyon on Quemahoning Creek sits the Quemahoning Dam, which has a 500 cfs release valve.
The valve is opened on a schedule that is published in advance, assuring boaters who are traveling some distance that there will be whitewater to boat. Although the releases typically occur every other weekend from April into October, check the updated schedule before you go because the releases sometimes are canceled if the water level is too low in Quemahoning Lake.
When releases do occur, they can dramatically improve the boating in the class III-IV Stonycreek Canyon (put on from about 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), in the Class I-III Middle Stonycreek (launch from about noon to 4), and the mostly flatwater section of the river from Greenhouse Park to Johnstown (start from roughly 2 to 4 p.m.).
Benscreek Canoe Club
To visit our boating page, click here.
For the whitewater release schedule, click here.
For real-time water levels, click here.