Historical Weather. "River Left" and "River Right" are used to indicate which side of the river a … The majority of the Seneca in New York formed a modern elected government, the Seneca Nation of Indians, in 1848. 1,000 feet at water level on Clarion River to 1,700 feet in the highest part of the Clarion-Redbank divide. We made it to Dave Love’s canoe place at 5:28pm with him closing at 5:30. Clarion River Native American Heritage Tobacco Creek The first name applied to the Clarion River was “River au Fiel” - “River of Hate,” as shown on Father Bonnecamp’s map of 1749. Rafts of 60 or 70 feet wide and from 250 to 300 feet long were launched to persue their course to Pittsburgh or Cincinnati. I can not imagine paddling on the reservoir after Memorial Day when all the pleasure boat and water skiing traffic comes out in full force. Great place to pick up some river fishing tips and techniques. We took our 1st break at the RR bridge 90 minutes down stream. On summer weekends the river near Cooksburg is crowded with paddlers dragging  rental canoes through the shallows, so stick to the upper half. Piney Reservoir had tent platforms that seemed to be leased out on a long term basis to families. The Indians called it “Tobeco Creek,” meaning “Alder Creek.” On some other early maps, it is named “Stump Creek,” and later “Big Tobe Creek.” No finer forests of pine were ever found in North America than those of the upper Allegheny Valley. The timber industry was instrumental in the development of the extensive tanning industry in the region. The Clarion County USGS map shows a bridge across the river to/from St Petersburg - just a couple of miles before the Clarion empties into the Allegheny. Portions of the state park include massive white pine trees, 3-5 ft. in diameter and 200-ft. tall. Clarion River Public Access Sites—Middle Section River Miles are used to identify the locations of various sites along the river. At Clear Creek Forest/Park we broke for lunch. The 40+ miles of the Clarion River below the Piney Reservoir is remote, largely privately owned and the river seems dead due to high acidity. The water creatures are Turtle, Beaver & Eel. Directions. The Clarion is also an attraction for sightseeing, camping, birding, and swimming. On Saturday we covered from New Maxwell Run Bridge to below Gravel Lick (~22 miles). During the night we heard some weird noises that we later attributed to the heron rookery just down stream. We were a party of four paddlers in Wenonah Cascade and Old Town Discovery Royalex canoes. I started paddling with a t-shirt, shirt and light fleece, but quickly lost the fleece. East Branch Clarion River Lake East Branch Clarion River Lake, or East Branch Lake is a reservoir at Elk State Park in Elk County, Pennsylvania, in the United States.It was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by damming the East Branch of the Clarion River. In 1778, Seneca fought on the side of the British in the revolutionary war and participated in well planned raids in Northern Pennsylvania. Bob fired up his pressure cooker and made chicken with celery, dumplings and snow peas – yummy. This is called a matrilineal system. Water trail guides show "trail heads" (boat launch and take-out points) and provide background about the scenic, historic and geologic points of interest along the way. Its characteristics make the Clarion a desirable river for canoeists and kayakers of all abilities. US and some Seneca leaders signed the Treaty of Buffalo Creek, by which the Seneca were to relocate to a tract of land west of the state of Missouri,  but most refused to go. TRAIL GUIDES & MAPS. Bob routed us through Ithaca and the back roads to Ridgway. There are other rapids between Hallton and Belltown, as well as a few smaller ones downstream. Map of the National System. After a short time of paddling they were far behind us and never heard from again. Just as the Iroquois Confederacy had six nations, each nation was made up of different clans. It was cool (40’s) with a light breeze. There are nine clans, divided into animals from three earth elements: Land, Air & Water. Upstream all the ducks were diving (fish eating) ducks. Everyone was tired setting up. TIn 1827-8 local logging operations began in the vicinity of Ridgway, when settlements were inaugurated there. On January 15, 1838, the US and some Seneca leaders signed the Treaty of Buffalo Creek, by which the Seneca were to relocate to a tract of land west of the state of Missouri,  but most refused to go. This stretch of the river was interesting. It is Class I flat water from Ridgway to the confluence with the Allegheny River, yet it is contained in a relatively small river valley with steep sides. This hiking trail is accessible from both Blyson parking lots. Despite the regularly of visitors it is a birders paradise. Originally we planned for 4 nights/5 days. We were just finishing up washing dishes and a thunderstorm began. The water gauge at Ridgway was at 3 feet. River Mile 0 is at the confluence of the Clarion River and the Allegheny River. When there was a significant break in the rain we beat feet for our tents. It rained hard during the night with a little thunder but quit by morning before we got up. To find out more, see Elk County, A Journey In Time, by John D. Imhoff. It was a little dicey, since I didn’t want to step out to push off. In the spring, at the breaking up of the winter ice, and during floods,  the Allegheny and Clarion Rivers, were alive with  rafting preparation. We saw the rookery just downstream  the next morning. We called about a water release schedule and were told there is no release schedule as they have a new permit allowing a constant release equal to the intake. the Mohawks,  the Oneidas, the Onondagas,  the Cayugas, and the Senecas, The Venango-Frankstown path is the present location of State Route 322, where it crosses the river by the town of Clarion, There were noble trees, measuring from three feet to five feet in diameter. We found camp at 6:15pm. In 1996, 51.7 miles of the Clarion River were designated a component of the Wild & Scenic Rivers System by Congress. Steve & I were sharing a room and had lights out at 8:30, but talked for about 30 minutes before crashing. Maps. It was fortunate that we made it to Love’s before he closed as the next day he would not open until 9am and we likely wouldn’t have gotten loaded and launched until 10:30am. Forests of pine were on the Conewango, the Brokenstraw, the Kinzua, and the Tionesta valleys. Contact the  local Canoe/Kayak Outfitters for water level and safe paddling conditions. Along this stretch we saw lots of fisherman and other day trippers. At 8:10pm a couple showed up in a pickup truck and parked off the road a few hundred yards down river from us. Feel free to download the PDF version of the Clarion, PA map so that you can easily access it while you travel without any means to the Internet. We saw ospreys, immature eagles, diving ducks, orioles, warblers, thrushes and catbirds. We decided to make the following day a big one, pushing from our current location through Mill Creek access across Piney Reservoir, portaging around the dam and camping on the river below the Deer Creek Canoe Access. The majority of the Seneca in New York formed a modern elected government, the Seneca Nation of Indians, in 1848. That was positive as Dave Love had told us that should sit 4’ up on the shore line and surf the release wave when it comes downstream. Skip & I rode in the back of the truck in the beginning as Steve drove and Bob navigated. http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Parker,+PA&ll=41.153412,-79.650536&spn=0.045834,0.063343&t=k&hl=en. The trail follows the Clarion River along a steep hillside. On a scale of I-VI, the I denotes fast-moving water with riffles and small waves; few or no obstructions, all obvious and easily missed with little training; risk to swimmer is slight; and self-rescue is easy. In late summer, the river becomes shallow at times and boat bottoms can drag on the streambed. We set off at 2:30 and soon encountered the shallow waters at Hallton. Both the timber industry and the tanneries benefited from the development of the railroads in the area (railroad logging era of the late 1800s). Since the reservoir is rather narrow the wave impact can not be escaped. I had cereal and a few munchies and took a short hike upstream looking for the ghost town, but never found any buildings. The Venango-Frankstown path is the present location of State Route 322, where it crosses the river by the town of Clarion. The dam is 7.3 mi (11.7 km) upstream from the confluence of the East and West branches of the Clarion River. The Clarion River had some unique aspects to it. Canoe and Kayak into the History of  Pennsylvania Wild and Scenic Clarion River, from Portland Mills to Irwin Run, and Cooksburg to the Piney Dam backwaters, qualify as “scenic.” The remaining 34.7 miles qualify as “recreational.”, Its characteristics make the Clarion a desirable river for canoeists and kayakers of all abilities, The best time to float the Clarion River is in early summer, Contact the  local Canoe/Kayak Outfitters for water level and safe paddling conditions, The favorite for many is from Portland Mills to Irwin Run canoe launch, The first name applied to the Clarion River was “River au Fiel” - “River of Hate,”. Lower Round Top Trail: 2.0 miles, more difficult This steep hiking only trail links to main trail loops in the Clarion River Lands: the Mill Creek/Blyson Loops and Picture Rock Trails. I rigged up our tarp as a rain fly as the dark clouds were gathering and we all quickly set up our tents as Bob started dinner – garlic beef with rice (yummy). Your float time will vary according to the season and weather. We loaded our canoes (too much stuff), left the truck in Love’s parking lot and were paddling on the water at 8am. Elk County, A Journey In Time, by John D. Imhoff. We only saw and heard one of the lead canoes for a couple of minutes when we first launched. The river flows generally west-southwest across western Pennsylvania in a tight meandering course past Ridgway and Clarion. The Piney Reservoir portage took a more time than we estimated. In the middle, on an elevated platform, stood the pilot who shouted out rowing commands to the oarsmen. During the night the birds must have made some nesting adjustments that caused protesting. I woke up at 6am – one minute before the 6:01 alarm. The waitress was impossibly chipper. They had two oars at each end, were manned by 10 sturdy men, three to each forward oar and two to each stern oar. The Clarion was an interesting river in that if was all flat water in a narrow valley with little flood plain. Click here to view and print the Service and Rental contract.here to view and print the Service and Rental contract. You can see many of the historic Native American Indian paths today, such as Kittanning, Pigeon, and Venango-Frankstown paths. Related. Native American Traces. We showered and went to Susie’s Restaurant for breakfast. The Clarion River was designated as a component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System on October 19, 1996 by congress. We planned to camp the last night near Beaver Creek and we didn’t have a lot of flexibility in that decision. Doc ID: 1738604 Doc Name: Middle Clarion Water Trail Guide.pdf; Error Message: Clarion River Canoe Trip is a 61.9 mile point-to-point trail located near Ridgway, Pennsylvania that features a river and is good for all skill levels. Route 219 follows along Clarion River the entire distance below Wilcox. It was a good thing that we stopped last night when we did; both to avoid having to set up camp in the middle of the thunderstorms and to ensure having a good site. You can access the river from the road, or through nearby state parks, such as Bendigo State Park (click map markers to get directions to access points shown on the map).. Clarion River is completely fishable without a boat, although wading is not permitted near Tambine. We packed up and were paddling at 9am. The best time to float the Clarion River is in early summer. Also for the remainder of the ride out we saw no diving ducks or ospreys. Keep in mind that classifications can change with high water levels. Menu & Reservations Make Reservations . The trail is primarily used for nature trips. Required fields are marked *. We soon arrived at the Irwin canoe access where we quit for lunch at 1:30pm. We had a near dump at X rapids when we got stuck on a large rock in deep water. You are being redirected to the DCNR eLibrary. We estimate our total time on the water as roughly 34 hours including our breaks which amounted to about 2 hours for our four lunches and 3 hours in other breaks. Of the Six Nations, the Senecas were the most western in geographical position, with villages extending from the head waters of the Allegheny River some distance down the Ohio. There were several fisherman and several outfitter rentals making day trips on the weekend. The new dam's power plant immediately began to generate and transmit electric power. Paddling the twelve miles across the reservoir was a chore. Lower Tallahatchie River Y-10-35 Dam Lower Tallahatchie River Y-10-35 Dam is a dam in Mississippi.Lower Tallahatchie River Y-10-35 Dam is situated southwest of … Today, the river is recovering from degradation because many people from local industry, government and nonprofit organizations have been working together to … Due to the lack of road access it is more remote and wild than the upper portions. The logs were hewn on four sides, bound into rafts and ‘floated to the markets, some going as far as Louisville, Ky. In the spring, at the breaking up of the winter ice, and during floods,  the Allegheny and Clarion Rivers, were alive with  rafting preparation. Maps: Physiographic Provinces and HUC Watersheds ... Lower Clarion River Conneaut Outlet Driftwood Branch Sinnemahoning Creek Big Run-Shenango River Bear Creek Cessewago Creek Little Shenango River Troups Creek Anderson Creek Mosquito Creek Cryder Creek-Genesee River … I walked around the roads until I found the river and then worked backwards through the power facility. Obviously that bridge and abutments have been removed. Timber rafting on the Clarion ended forever with the building of the Piney dam in 1924. The shallow areas were not any wider than the deep areas and more often than not we found the deeper channels on the outside of the river, as opposed to the center of the channel. A variety of recreational facilities in the Allegheny National Forest, Cook Forest State Park and Clear Creek State Park support the river-based recreation. The favorite for many is from Portland Mills to Irwin Run canoe launch- about 8 miles with 5 fun little rapids to play in. We counted 10 nests in one tree, another tree with 3 nests and yet another with one nest. We stopped at Hallton Fish & Game Club for our first break and while we were sitting there the Pale Blue Whale (Outfitter) hauled two truck loads of canoes and people (16 canoes) past – presumably to Hallton Canoe Access. The creatures of the sky are Hawk, Heron & Snipe (illustrated on the shell of the turtle). The Clarion is also an attraction for picnicking, sightseeing, camping, watching wildlife, birding, fishing, biking and hiking. Lumber from the Upper Allegheny helped build  many of the towns and cities along the Allegheny, Ohio, and Lower Mississippi Rivers as far south as New Orleans. The section between Arroyo bridge and the Irwin Run canoe launch is in the National Forest and has the most enjoyable  riverside wilderness camping that is available in western PA, as well as three of the most challenging rapids, called ‘X’, ‘Y’, and ‘Z’. It drains a rugged area of the Allegheny Plateau in the Ohio River watershed, flowing through narrow serpentine valleys and hardwood forests. Railroads were also important in timber extraction and transportation of hides to and from the tanneries, as well as opening up the plateau areas inaccessible by waterways. We past the Arroyo Bridge and ran the XYZ rapids. It also seemed we struggled with a head wind all across the 12 miles of the reservoir. STATION.--03028500 CLARION RIVER AT JOHNSONBURG, PA LOCATION.--Lat 41`29'10", long 78`40'43", Elk County, Hydrologic Unit 05010005, on left bank at upstream side of highway bridge at Johnsonburg, 0.1 mi downstream from confluence of East and West Branches. It caused a little confusion for us as we were relaying primarily on the County map at that point. On November 11, 1794, the Seneca signed the Treaty of Canandaigua with the United States, agreeing to peaceful relations. Over most of the quadrangle, however, the rocks at the surface belong to The formations exposed in the quadrangle extend from the upper portion of the Pocono to the lower portion of the Conemaugh. East Branch Clarion River Lake helps to provide flood protection for the Clarion River valley and the lower portions of the Allegheny River and the upper portions of the Ohio River. We suspect they were a couple of competitive canoes that wanted to get in front of the crowd and then backed off. Although much of the region was logged at some point in the past, some old growth forests remain in Cook Forest State Park. The Clarion River is a tributary of the Allegheny River, approximately 110 mi (177 km) long, in west central Pennsylvania in the United States. We made our portage around the substation perimeter fence – not the easiest thing to corner a 17’ canoe around. STRATIGRAPHY. The river below the dam dropped sharply. East Branch Clarion River Lake helps to provide flood protection for the Clarion River valley and the lower portions of the Allegheny River and the upper portions of the Ohio River. Two sections totaling 17 miles, from Portland Mills to Irwin Run, and Cooksburg to the Piney Dam backwaters, qualify as “scenic.” The remaining 34.7 miles qualify as “recreational.”. the “No Boating Allowed” sign in the restricted zone. The upper portion of the Clarion River is designated Wild and Scenic, however it … The sale opened up the rest of Western New York for settlement by European Americans. A person’s clan is the same as their mother’s clan. The last run of rafts down the Clarion River was Saturday and Sunday, May 22-23, 1915. On September 15, 1797 at the Treaty of Big Tree, the Seneca sold their lands west of the Genesee River, retaining ten reservations for themselves. Here is the list of Pennsylvania Lakes Maps available on iBoating : USA Marine & Fishing App.Marine charts app now supports multiple plaforms including Android, iPhone/iPad, MacBook, and Windows/PC based chartplotter.Available Fishing info on lake maps includes boat ramps, boat launches, fish attractor locations, fishing points, stream flowage lines, navigation buoys, … The nearest weather station for both precipitation and temperature measurements is CLARION 3 SW which is approximately 14 miles away and has an elevation of 1,040 feet (190 feet higher than Clarion River). The Clarion River has a longer floating (canoeing and tubing) season than other rivers in the area and is relatively accessible to the public. We had a simple meal of hot dogs and coleslaw and sat around a small fire until 10pm. These rafts, like immense floating islands, formed the vehicle and temporary residence of families, on their way down the river. Bob made eggs in a hole (cut a square in the bread) with bacon. We met at Skip’s and loaded his canoe alongside mine and all the gear in the back of the truck. There are several acidic tributaries and we saw no aquatic life (frogs, fish, etc) below the Piney Dam. We arrived at the Piney Dam at 3pm and spent 30-40 minutes before we moved any equipment. The lower section of the Clarion River Water Trail below Piney Dam has fewer public access points, but paddlers can put in or take out at Deer Creek as well as the State Route 58 Bridge in Callensburg. Get directions, reviews and information for Clarion River Suites in Cooksburg, PA. Clarion River Suites 185 Coleman Run Rd Cooksburg PA 16217. We were fairly certain that no others had used the portage this calendar year – and I would guess there wasn’t much (if any) through traffic last year. Rafts of 60 or 70 feet wide and from 250 to 300 feet long. In total it took us 3.5 hours to complete our portage and get back on the river. It is bracketed by roads and frequently crossed by bridges. We packed up and were on the water at 8am. The dam is 7.3 mi (11.7 km) upstream from the confluence of the East and West branches of the Clarion River. Aerial Photos, Charts, Historic Aerial Photos, Google Maps, News Articles, Notes, Maps, Photos, Thematic Maps, Terrain Maps and Videos. We suspect the water was too acidic to support water life. It rained lightly most of the night, but thankfully stopped before dawn. The upper reaches of the Lower Clarion River can be accessed by taking exit 78 (Sigel/Brookville, SR 36) from Interstate 80 (I-80) and traveling North on SR 36 for The ‘rapids’ were advertised to be run left, right, right, but they are so dependent on water levels that one is best to pick their own line. PERIOD OF RECORD.--1940 to 1953, 1954 to 1993 (measurements only). In early May we completed a four day through trip of the Clarion River, PA from Ridgway, to Parker on the Allegheny River (~94 miles). Logging, sawmills, rafting, leather tanning and wood chemical plants once thrived. Too bad the portage isn’t better marked and maintained. Other paths remain today as current roads or railways. There weren’t many power boaters – it was a good thing because they largely acted indifferent to canoe traffic. We check in at the Royal Inn and went to a pizza joint for dinner. There were noble trees, measuring from three feet to five feet in diameter and remarkably tall and straight, and without limbs nearly to the top. Internet resources for this trip include: Your email address will not be published. We stopped at 10am below Callensburg for a break and again at 11:45 to layer up against the cold. An interagency map of the National Wild and Scenic River System is available for download from the link below. We never found signage indicating the portage. Rafts were made up of from 3,500 to 5,000 cubic feet each, from 20 to 24 feet wide and 130 to 130 feet long. On our last morning our coffee guy, Steve, had coffee ready as we awoke and Bob made French toast. I ended up wearing four layers while paddling: T-shirt, shirt, fleece and wind breaker and I didn’t sweat paddling. The upper portion of the Clarion River is designated Wild and Scenic, however it is not remote. We had a beautiful sunrise and were on water paddling at 8:30am. The land creatures are Deer, Wolf and Bear. There is camping at Cooks Forest State Park, Clear Creek State Park, and several campgrounds in the National Forest. The East Branch, approximately 15 mi (24 km) long, rises in northeastern Elk County and flows southwest through East Branch Clarion River Lake to join the West Branch. The Clarion River Power Company announced that the new dam at Piney would serve consumers in twelve counties and would stop the flow of 1.4 billion cubic feet of water weighing 44 million tons. We left Skip’s house at 10am and took the scenic route to Ridgway. To this nation belonged Queen Aliquippa, Tanacharison, Guyasuta and Chief Cornplanter (of Kinzua country). After a brief chat I paid him $80 for shuttling my truck to Parker. View Lazy River Canoe Rental Map of the Clarion River in a larger map.This link will open a new window for Google maps. We awoke at 6 and had a Bob’s Breakfast Burrito’s – sausage and eggs in a wrap. We stopped in Cooksburg and tied up at the bridge. The Clarion River, once believed to be the most polluted river in Pennsylvania, is now well on its way to full recovery. We took a short break at Clarion at 11:40am and took a lunch break on a vacant site before the I-80 bridge. Most of this traffic occurred between Ridgway and Cooksburg. A major topic of discussion was our plan for the next day. We camped near Mill Creek, a highly acidic and iron laden stream that tinted the rocks a milky red. We all huddled under the tarp and talked for thirty minutes. Reviews (814) 744-8007 Website. Portions of the state park include massive white pine trees, 3-5 ft. in diameter and 200-ft. tall. Maps are available for the Upper Section and the Middle Section of the Clarion River. Kayaking or canoeing the Clarion River is great fun for families, couples, friends. Multi-use Trails Lumbering began in the Clarion River corridor in the early 1800s and continued to be an important industry in the area through the late nineteenth century. However, it is enjoyable canoeing and we saw lots of non-aquatic wildlife including deer and red tail hawks. We saw some deer, but little water life. Primitive camping is allowed in most of the National Forest and there are a few sites right beside the river between Clarington and Irwin Run. Some of them were in rough shape and hadn’t seen attention in a few years. We encountered a couple of large boat fishermen and made it to the Mill Creek Canoe Access at 10am for our first break. About 40 minutes downstream of New Maxwell Run Bridge we found a sandy campsite – near a house (seemingly vacant) and near a road. Tylersburg 7-1/2 minute quadrangles. Simply close that window to get back to Lazy River Canoe Rental. Each clan is represented by a different animal. We walked to the Quick Stop and bought ice cream and a newspaper to find out about how the BRACC base closings affected our home town. The map includes all congressionally and secretarially designated wild and scenic rivers in the lower 48 states, Alaska and Puerto Rico. We noted seeing our first mallard ducks on the Piney Reservoir. It was cool that morning (52 degrees) and got colder as the wind picked up. The members of each clan are all related to each other through their mothers. DRAINAGE AREA.--303 square miles. The canoe access is located well past (200 yards?) Any lower would render it almost uncanoeable – at least for loaded canoes. We also saw an immature eagle(s) at least three different occasions. I left a key, and got recommendations for a place that would be open for an early breakfast (Susie’ which was just across the street). 5 -- Clarion River Water Trail : Upper Section (39 miles) — Headwaters to Irwin Run Trail map & guide Middle Section (56 miles) — Irwin Run to Mill Creek Trail map & guide Lower Section (37 miles) — Mill Creek to Mouth (no guide for the Lower Clarion because there is very limited public access to this part of the river) Trail Sponsors It is Class I flat water from Ridgway to the confluence with the Allegheny River, yet it is contained in a relatively small river valley with steep sides. Below are weather averages from 1971 to 2000 according to data gathered from the nearest official weather station. We had a short trip downstream through a very interesting and pretty section of the river until we started to encounter the back waters of the Piney Reservoir. The Clarion River is considered a Class I river. Your email address will not be published. Only one boater changed their speed to accommodate canoes. We quickly got the Portland Mills (9 miles) – there were several fishermen camping at that location. We saw lots of deer and red tail hawks as we paddled. There is one particularly impressive area known as the “cathedral forest.” The Cook family protected this area. The list of rivers was established to recognize outstanding examples of the nations free-flowing rivers and to raise public awareness of the importance of America’s river resources. You can choose 4, 10, or 15 mile trips, you are transported up the river and the current gently takes you back down to your originating point. This designation recognizes remarkable examples of the nation's free-flowing rivers that have outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values. We preferred the consistent flow approach. There are documented accounts of the Delaware, Seneca and Iroquois Indians in the Clarion River region. They built a fire and hung out listening to their stereo for a few hours. Free printable PDF Map of Clarion, Clarion county. The Lower Clarion River (stream code – 49224) is part of the Hydrologic Unit Code 5010005 – Lower Clarion River (formerly State Water Plan 17B). We broke for lunch at 1:30pm and due to our confusion in looking for the bridge we were surprised when we popped on out on the Alleghany River only an hour later.