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Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Pittsburgh, PA area
Help re Allegheny River near West Hickory/Tidioute
This post could go a bunch of places, but I'll try here. My family has a camp near Tionesta. I've been able to get my canoe on the river near West Hickory and Tionesta a few times over the last few years. I really want to get to know the stretch between Tidioute and West Hickory. At a minimum, I'm planning to float it next summer. As my boys get older (now 5 and 1) I hope to spend more time up in that area.
In addition to a canoe trip, I've also wondered whether a light 14' jon with a short shaft tiller outboard could work there and allow me to explore without the need to have a shuttle vehicle. I've seen several boats with outboard jets and obviously that would be ideal, but probably out of the question. I recently launched at West Hickory and my canoe and 2HP did okay to get back up river to the launch and up river a bit to the first set of riffles above West Hickory, but it just doesn't have enough power to get up through there, even if the depth is okay.
I'd love to talk with anyone who knows that area of the river well and preferably one who boats it. Thanks.