Harrisburg, PA – White-water boating enthusiasts once again will converge on Bucks County’s Tohickon Creek Saturday and Sunday, March 17-18, when the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources releases water from Lake Nockamixon into Tohickon Creek.
Releases are historically scheduled on a semi-annual basis, usually occurring on the third weekend in March and the first weekend in November. The white-water 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.
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.
Water releases are eagerly awaited by whitewater paddling enthusiasts, drawing skilled kayakers, canoeists, and occasional rafters from throughout the Northeastern United States.
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.
DCNR officials remind boaters that this is technical whitewater with Class 3 and 4 rapids that require boating skills. 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.
For more information, contact Nockamixon State Park at 215-529-7300, or Delaware Canal State Park at 610-982-5560. For more information about Pennsylvania’s 121 state parks, call 1-888-PA-PARKS between 7:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. Monday through Saturday; or visit DCNR's website.
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