DCNR plans white-water release into Bucks County’s Tohickon Creek

Harrisburg — Tohickon Creek will become a
white-water boating enthusiast’s playground March 20-21 when the
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources releases water
from Lake Nockamixon into the Bucks County waterway.

As has been the case
in many previous years, the annual recreation event will take place
the third weekend of March, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and
Sunday, March 20-21, and is expected to draw paddlers from
throughout the Northeast.

Nockamixon lake water
is released from the dam beginning at 4 a.m. on both days and it
takes several hours for the high water to reach Ralph Stover State
Park downstream, according to park officials.

Suggested hours for
viewing the release and boating activity are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
at Ralph Stover. The release at Nockamixon is best viewed from dawn
until 2 p.m.

Water releases are
eagerly awaited by white-water boating enthusiasts, and draw
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 this is technical white water with Class 3 and 4 rapids
requiring boating skills. Boaters should be aware of and heed the
safety code of the American Whitewater Affiliation, and wear
appropriate personal flotation devices.

Boaters should use
only craft designed for this type of water. Because of cold water,
boaters also must take appropriate precautions to prevent
hypothermia.

For information,
contact Nockamixon State Park (215) 529-7300, or Delaware Canal
State Park (610) 982-5560. For more information about
Pennsylvania’s 117 state parks, call 1-888-PA-PARKS between 7 a.m.
and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; or visit www.dcnr.state.pa.us.

Categories: Pennsylvania – Jeff Mulhollem

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