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April 10th 1994

Back to back big snowstorms in early March 1994 had Clinton County as the bulls eye with up to 5 feet of snow on the mountain tops. Along the West Branch of the Susky the spots with sheer cliffs lead to avalanches. Rt 120 from Lock Haven to Renovo was buried in 30 foot slides.
On the other side of the Susky and Rt 120, the dirt River Road runs from Hyner, to Rattlesnake Camp and on down to Farrandsville. In this map you can see the steep elevation starting at Ritchie and down River a few miles from there is our Rattlesnake Camp.



The avalanches had slid down across the Railroad tracks, then across the River Road and into the River making the road impassable. Grugan Twp maintains this dirt road and they had no equipment big enough to remove the huge avalanches, plus the road really only leads to a few hunting camps, so the snow remained.
It took a LONG time to just melt away.

Of course we couldn't get to camp but I had to go see this awesome display of Mother Nature for myself. Originally I had my doubts as to how massive these snow slides really were but hopefully the following pics do some justice to this pile of snow!

Yours truly standing where the River Road is about 30 feet below me.







The Railroad had big equipment brought in from Buffalo, NY and the tracks were open.



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Next trip up was 10 days later, the River Road was still closed.







Tried coming over the top to camp but both Oak Ridge Road and Kingston Road were not open, still couldn't get to Camp.






So now we missed both Trout Season and Spring Gobbler but by the first weekend in May we were able to get to Camp and get in some Trout Fishing.
But the Snow was still there.



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very interesting post and picture Goosehunter. thanks for sharing.
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We then had are annual Spring Work Weekend at camp and we stopped at the remaining snow banks for some pics.





Warden John Wasserman was keeping track of the Snow.





And some pics of Rattlesnake Camp.






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Really enjoyed the pics and the early 90s F-150. Thanks for posting.
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neat looking cabin Goosehunter.
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Enjoyed the tread!
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Love the pictures...
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