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Offline Craig5251

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Susquehanna River , Pa.
« on: April 28, 2019, 07:09:54 PM »
I went to the Pequea boat ramp today, an hour away. Great conditions.
My goal was to go up the Conestoga River, as far as I could. I went about three miles, but some rapids were just too strong, so I turned around.

The current at the Safe Harbor Dam discharge is nothing to play with! You guys weren’t kidding about that river.

Of course, on the way back it was “ white cap city “!🌊🌊🌊🌊💨💨💨💨 I was shivering by the time I got back to the ramp.

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Re: Susquehanna River , Pa.
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2019, 11:06:18 PM »
Cool, current can be fun but also can be scary real quick.

Safe Harbor is definitely no joke, haven't been in that water but have been to that dam and seen the discharge.  :-O
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Re: Susquehanna River , Pa.
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2019, 01:49:46 AM »
I forgot you were at Holtwood. One of my favorite kayaking spots.

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Re: Susquehanna River , Pa.
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2019, 10:22:50 PM »
I went to the Pequea boat ramp today, an hour away. Great conditions.
My goal was to go up the Conestoga River, as far as I could. I went about three miles, but some rapids were just too strong, so I turned around.

The current at the Safe Harbor Dam discharge is nothing to play with! You guys weren’t kidding about that river.

Of course, on the way back it was “ white cap city “!🌊🌊🌊🌊💨💨💨💨 I was shivering by the time I got back to the ramp.

Did you make it to Martic Forge? That's about 3 miles from river, I think. Beautiful valley, great view from the top of the Enola grade bridge (well, it was, until some miscreants burned it). I remember  standing there and pondering whether I could get there in my Mokai.

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Re: Susquehanna River , Pa.
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2019, 08:09:31 AM »
I think that’s on Pequea Creek, at least that’s what the GPS says. I went up the Conestoga.

I tried the Pequea later, but it got too shallow fast. Still too chilly to walk the boat.


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« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2019, 01:55:45 PM »
Oh yes, you are quite right, that's Pequea creek I had in mind.

Thanks for the idea - I have not considered walking the boat through shallow rapids. Think it might work on that creek if weather is right? Maybe use harness with rope or otherwise risk loosing the boat...

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Re: Susquehanna River , Pa.
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2019, 08:16:05 AM »
Yes, I just use a rope tied to the bow. No worries about losing the boat, as I won’t walk it in strong current.
I think the creek would be great for that.