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PFDs (life jackets) must be worn on all trips when on the water. Helmets must be worn by all paddling decked boats on Class 2 or higher trips, and for all open boats on Class 3 or higher trips.

For Class 2 and higher trips, paddlers must provide their own equipment: Canoe or kayak suitable for whitewater with flotation and grab loops or handles, a helmet, lifejacket, sprayskirt for closed boats, paddle and clothing suitable for water & air temperatures. Paddlers must have the necessary skills, be able to wet exit their boat, swim and self-rescue in a rapid: swim boat and self to shore, get back in boat, or Eskimo roll.

Above, Schuylkill River, Aug. 5. Below, Oswego River, July 30.


August 19, Saturday, Lehigh River: Lehigh Gap to Northampton, Class 1+ NOTE: This trip may change to the Delaware River if river levels in the Lehigh are not adequate for paddling. Come and join a fun day on the Lehigh River. This stretch of river has a series of small and fun rapids. You will need your own kayak or canoe for this river event. Rental boats are not available. The leaders will coordinate with the shuttling of the kayaks and canoes. You must have a life vest (PFD) and you should bring a whistle. Closed toe water shoes are required. Bring water and a moderate sized lunch. I anticipate this 13 mile trip will be about 5 hours. We will take breaks along the way. We will all work together for safety as we paddle down the river. There is a dam to portage around in Cementon. We will need you to help after the river trip is done. We will need drivers to take people back to get their vehicles up river at Lehigh Gap and people to stay with the boats until all vehicles are back from the starting location. There will be an optional post trip gathering that we hope you can attend. Some prior kayak experience is required. A valid PA launch permit is required for the Lehigh Gap ramp. The permit can be easily purchased on-line (1 year $10 or 2 year $18). Register with leader Rich Pace, co-leader Al Schwartz.

August 22, Tuesday, Brandywine River. Class 1. We will paddle the West Branch of the Brandywine, from Embreeville to Shaw's Bridge Park. This Chester County river is easy and interesting, but water may be low, so be prepared to get your feet wet. Esther Underhill, 610-827-7776, 484-716-9036 (cell for trip day), underwalt@aol.com.


This week's Lehigh River dam release, posted each Wednesday.

Lehigh River whitewater dam release schedule for 2017:

May13, 20, 27, 28 June 10, 11, 24, 25 July 8, 9, 22, 23, 29, 30 August 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26*, 27* September 2*, 3*     October 7-8*         *depending on available water

Paddling guide books and skills books click here.

AMC interactive stream map of the Pennsylvania Highlands Region. Click here

Electronic trip reporting now available for leaders

Trip leaders can skip mailing in trip reports and sign up sheets by reporting their trips electronically on this web site.

Leaders will be able to scan their sign sheets, upload them and fill out their trip report on line. They have the option of receiving a copy of their report by e-mail. Instructions and help are provided. For more information, click here.

Click here to download the spring issue of Footnotes, our chapter's newsletter.

Tohickon Creek Internet to Stover Park gage conversion.

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TRIP RELEASE FORM. Download and read the waiver you must sign to participate on trips! Click here.

Knots for paddlers: Click here

Guide book information & reviews, click here.

Wing Dam, Kelly's Lock and other practice areas. Info and directions.

The Mohican Getaway Program has a full schedule of reasonably priced two- and three-day activity-oriented outings planned at the Mohican Outdoor Center. Click here for more information.

Rent Club Boats: We have two fully outfitted whitewater solo open canoes which you can rent for $25 a day for use on club trips. Includes paddle & spare, PDF, helmet. To rent, contact Walt Underhill, 610-827-7776 or contact leader.

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