There are bathrooms on site. The lake bottom here is gravely and slopes out gently – excellent for rolling and other exercises. There’s room to drop off gear, turn around and bring your vehicle back up to the parking lot. The Google directions work, but you’ll have to trust them. The Lehigh was once privately owned by the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company making it the only privately owned river in the United States. This is the put-in for the “Upper” half or Section I of the Lehigh River Gorge. See American Whitewater write-up here for a description of this section to Bowmanstown. Full whitewater equipment required. The Three Mile Run launch ramp is usually very quiet, and gives access to the southern end of the lake. There are picnic tables, barbecues grills and a mountain bike trail here as well. Paddling the Lehigh River The Lehigh River is a popular class 2 & 3 paddling river in Pennsylvania, and is considered to be the training waters for potential class 4-5 kayakers. Rangers are usually on duty directing traffic. It’s also a good starting point to cut over to the Cheesequake River, an expansive salt marsh. Turn right onto Leaser, and then right again when you get to Follweiler Court. This is a great place to start a lazy drift when the river isn’t too low. The address is 2 Old River Road, Milford, NJ. All whitewater boaters on the Lehigh River must learn to recognize natural dangers and understand that injury and death are a possibility when whitewater boating. But as soon as the river cuts through the opening at the center of the dam, it becomes a complex whitewater play area. Bring a friend and reserve a tandem (2-person) kayak, or challenge the rapids on your own by reserving a solo kayak. At flows above 1,000 cubic feet per second the level of difficulty becomes progressively greater and requires higher levels of whitwater skills. Kayaking the Lehigh River: Weissport Canal Loop Well, it may have ruined me for the Schuylkill, but the Lehigh River is an amazing place to kayak. First timers will want to go with someone who knows the river. The take-out is across the river from Riegelsville, the ramp at Milford just beyond the Riegelsville bridge. Rudimentary bathrooms on site. If you use the canal, you’ll have to portage in Bethlehem to switch from river to canal, and again to get around the remains of a canal lock about halfway back. Turn off Rio Dam Road and then immediately turn left to get onto Power House Road. Beltzville can get busy with power boats, but the eastern end of the lake features two long arms that are fascinating to explore, and the whole area is a no-wake zone. You do have to carry boats down a short flight of steps to the beach, where at low tide rocky fill is exposed. There is a sign. Either drop off your equipment here and take your car back to the take-out lot, or meet others at the take-out and put as many boats and people in each vehicle as is possible to limit traffic at the top of the run, where space is tight. From this point on down, the Lehigh doesn’t get above Class I rapids, but there are dams that present real dangers. We offer training, trips, social events and opportunities to improve and enhance our local rivers and lakes. Class II+ rapids. You can drive down the steep road from the lot to the river to drop off your boat. The approach to the dam is clearly marked — stay well away from the edge. See “Mongaup, takeout” above for information on the paddling. The Route 33 ramp dips into the Lehigh behind the Chain Dam, so the water is very slow moving. Just after the second bridge you’ll see the boat ramp on the left, and just past it, an open parking area on the right. Inflatable Kayaking Rates, all prices per person Tandem kayaks Weekdays $59.95 Weekends $64.95 Dam Release Weekends $69.95 Solo Kayaks Weekdays $69.95 Bathrooms with running water and soda machines. The forests that lined the banks of the Upper Lehigh River helped establish Pennsylvania as one of the greatest lumber producing states in during the 1800s. There’s lots of parking and a paved ramp, right next to the Route 145 bridge over the river. Just after the split, turn right onto the bridge. There is a wide path down to the river toward the north end of the lot – a left turn from the lot entrance. “A lot of the draw of the tour is the natural beauty of the area and the history. Access is at the end of Park Drive off S. 24th Street/Oxford Drive. Bathrooms, snack bar over at the beach in season. Biking, Rafting, Kayaking and relax in the LOC Cafe. Bathrooms on site. Watch carefully for the sign to the access drive, it’s easy to miss. Raritan Bay Waterfront Park in South Amboy, N.J., is the most convenient big saltwater access to the Lehigh Valley. Follow the narrow lane as far as you can down the hill. Nockamixon, Three Mile On this day I put in the river in Easton, PA under the Rt 33 Bridge. The section running through Lehigh Gorge State Park is full of kayaking activity in the spring, and during scheduled Francis E. Walter dam releases during the summer. Lehigh River at Treichlers Follow this dirt road to the parking lot. Mongaup, takeout, Beltzville, Preachers Camp The beach is nearby. This out-of-the-way access is great when the two boat launch sites at Beltzville are busy. This launch ramp provides access to the west end of Beltzville lake. Be aware that this is a massive open bay that can get very rough and has major shipping channels cutting across it. The water trail is comprised of the northern and southern sections and provides plenty of canoeing, kayaking and rafting opportunity in a variety of fast exciting rapids or slow leisurely excursions. Unload your gear and then drive the car back up the hill to the nearest available parking spot. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. There is a parking area just across the canal, but for river access, follow the drive down the hill to the right until the road widens into the lower parking lot. Full whitewater gear is required. Kim and I paddled the short Weissport canal loop on Saturday, and it was one of the most fun things we’ve ever done. Rescue and navigation skills are a must. Eric Allred, who runs Historic Bethlehem River Tours, knows why the Lehigh River is so popular. The rapids aren’t difficult, but the water is shallow and the bottom rocky. For an easy paddle, cross to the far side of the lake and turn left. Becky Mason does the Sculling Draw Stroke, Bannock Recipes – The Truth About Bannock, Important Factors in Choosing Your Hiking Boots, Alps Mountaineering Tent Reviews – Axis, Chaos, Edge, Neptune, Topaz. When you cross the bridge onto Sand Island, turn right and drive under the Hill-to-Hill Bridge and then the low railroad bridge. This section of the Lehigh River runs through the Lehigh Gorge State Park and is known to have some of the most exciting whitewater in the east, along with some very beautifully carved gorges. For a bigger challenge, head to the right. The Schuylkill River is a scenic trip and offers something different for kayakers. There is an old concrete ramp into the river at the far end of the lower parking area. The Lehigh is stocked with trout from White Haven to Jim Thorpe every year. This narrow waterway leads into the “lagoon,” a big marshy pond in the middle of the island. The largest outdoor center in the Poconos, on the Lehigh River. Rockport is a very popular destination for nature lovers so expect to encounter groups of paddlers, hikers fisherman and mountain bikers on the weekends. When you enter the park area, turn left and then keep to the right. A public vote determines the winner, and the winner will receive a $10,000 grant to organize community activities, like kayaking and canoeing, on the winning river. Historic Bethlehem River Tours 240 River St, Bethlehem, PA 18018 Only a 22-minute drive from The Lafayette Inn Historic Bethlehem River T ours offers a unique Kayak and Bike Adventure. But in spring and fall or even on summer weekdays, it’s a good place to paddle. Camping is not permitted on this section of the river but commercial camping is available at the nearby Hickory Run State Park (570-443-0400), and the Mauch Chunk Lake Park in Jim Thorpe (570-325-3669), and the Jim Thorpe Camping Resort (570-325-2644). The Lehigh Valley Kayak & Canoe Club is one of the largest and most active paddling clubs in the United States! NEW in 2019 Bike the D&L Trail. The Lehigh River is a great place to go paddling for a few hours. Lehigh River at Route 33 There are bathroom and changing facilities at Rockport and Glen Onoko. So while you are paddling through this section look for hawks, eagles, osprey. Launching is easy, but if coming ashore here be prepared to deal with some current. One feature is the physical layout of the Blue Mountains which traffic the raptor migration routes over the Lehigh River at Lehigh Gap. But the 12 mile paddle from Rockport to Glen Onoko is one of the most scenic and popular sections of the river for thrill seeking paddlers. Follow the Google map directions to Dunbars bottling in Lehighton. The Little Lehigh in the Allentown Parkway is a fun play spot that can be paddled almost any time of the year. The Lehigh River is one of the most popular class 3 canoeing and kayaking destinations in Pennsylvania and is considered by some to be the training waters for future class 4-5 kayakers. The parking area is just off Old Church Road on the southeast side of the road, to the north of the bridge across the lake. This is a great place to develop skills, but the first-timer should go with someone who knows the area. This a popular place to start an easy paddle with multiple take-out options to make a short or longer trip. There are no facilities. All open canoes must be outfitted with floatation in this section. You will also have a good chance of seeing great blue heron, marganser, wood duck, kingfisher and warblers. No facilities at the launch site, but there is a porta potty at the Nature Center. This is where L.L. Boasting 150 lakes and 170 river miles, the Pocono Mountains is an incredible spot for water-sports enthusiasts. By Eric Allred. Bathrooms on site. The next access point is Glen Onoko, about 12.5 miles downriver. Permitted watercraft of the Lehigh River must be designed by the manufacturer for whitew… It’s a full five miles to the far end of the lake. The paddle back up against the current builds character. Part of the Lehigh, along with a number of its tributaries, is designated a Pennsylvania Scenic River by the state's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. “They informed me that there was a capsized canoe … Make a hard right just after the park and you can drive down to a gravel launch area by the water. Experience and complete whitewater equipment are required. Just keep going and turn left when there appears to be a dead-end. For nearly five decades, guests have been returning to the Whitewater Challengers Adventure Center to experience the thrill of whitewater rafting deep in the heart of the Pocono Mountains. 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