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NEARBY: Annual Whitewater Release Set For Tohickon Creek This Weekend

The creek will be turned into a destination for whitewater boaters.

Boats during a release in Bucks County.
Credit: DCNR

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has announced that Bucks County will once again be the source of much excitement for whitewater boating enthusiasts this weekend.

On Saturday and Sunday, water is set to be released from Lake Nockamixon into Tohickon Creek in Upper Bucks County.

The event is anticipated by kayakers, canoeists, and rafters from across the northeastern part of the country because it causes prime conditions for whitewater boating, park officials said.

The water releases are scheduled on a semi-annual basis and are a tradition for the local boating community. The releases typically on the third weekend in March and the first weekend in November.

The Nockamixon State Park dam release will ensure whitewater conditions downstream through Ralph Stover State Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days.

The operation will commence at 4 a.m. when millions of gallons of water are expected to create ideal conditions several hours later at Ralph Stover State Park.

Officials have suggested the best hours for viewing the spectacular release and the ensuing boating activity are between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The releases draw attention to the skill and preparation required for navigating Class 3 and 4 rapids.

State officials have reminded participants that experience, caution, and following the safety code from the American Whitewater Affiliation are important. Boaters are urged to wear appropriate personal flotation devices, prepare for cold water to prevent hypothermia, and ensure their crafts are suitable for the conditions.

Participants usually launch their watercraft at Ralph Stover State Park, near Pipersville, and navigating approximately four miles along Tohickon Creek to its confluence with the Delaware River at Point Pleasant in Tinicum and Plumstead townships.

For those on the trails at High Rocks are urged to follow the below tips:

  • Stay on blazed trails — this helps to slow erosion and minimize the human impact on the native flora and fauna
  • Be mindful of other trail users and please stay to the right of the trail when passing others
  • If you are recreating with a large group, consider splitting into smaller groups to reduce the concentration of foot traffic
  • Dogs are required stay on a 6-foot leash, and owners must clean up after your pets

For additional information regarding the event or safety precautions, enthusiasts and visitors can contact Nockamixon State Park at 215-529-7300 or Delaware Canal State Park at 610-982-5560.

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