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Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Pittsburgh, PA area
West Branch Susquehanna - time to float Karthaus to Keating in low flow
I'm planning an overnight canoe trip on the West Branch of the Susquehanna for the last weekend in July - probably the Karthaus to Keating section - I know, its late in the season and the river needs to be above 2 feet at Karthaus - pray for some rain next week for me.
It will be me and my almost 9 year old son in a canoe, and a friend in his kayak. I'm concerned that stretch will be too long of a trip in lower water. I'd like to get on the water early Saturday morning, stop briefly for lunch, but be at our camping site by 3 PM ish or so on Saturday - I figure 6-7 hours is plenty of time to be in a canoe in one day, especially for my son's first trip. My goal is not to cover as many river miles as humanly possible. Can we reasonably expect to cover 14-15 river miles on Saturday in that time frame? It's just been too long since I've done such a canoe trip to be confident how long it could take. I don't want to be on the river at 6 pm with miles to go. And I want to leave us a much shorter trip on Sunday given our respective drives home.
I'd appreciate any help you can provide, especially from folks who have done this float.
I will be calling McCracken Canoe Sales to get their help - I missed them today. Their website suggests 7-8 hours for the whole 22 miles.
If you have any suggested alternative stretches or rivers, especially if the West Branch there is too low, please share as well. Our goals are manageable float with excellent scenery away from civilization, legal camping Saturday largely by ourselves, middle of PA, fishing at least part of the trip or where we camp.