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Hey guys managed to get my hands on a canoe and my brother and I are looking to do a 2 day/1 night float this spring. Looking ideas of where to put in and take out. I live in lebanon and he lives near pittsburgh so we could meet a lot of places in between. Ideally we could like to camp on an island as well as be able to do some fishing along the way. Looking for any suggestions as well as how many miles we should be looking at. We would be setting out around 9 on a saturday morning and want to reach our destination around 4 in the afternoon on sunday.
 

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Spring weather may be nice but the rivers tend to be high and fast and muddy with very cold water. You may want to wait until late May
 

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You have the Juniata River. Check out the different sites on Juniata River.com. Also years back I did a canoe trip on a river that runs around Bedford and Rt 30. Can't remember the name of the river, but I think we put in around Somerset and pulled out at Bedford. Also Ohiopyle River, but that will be a fast run in the spring. My son did the Susequhanna in May a couple years ago right after graduation from college. Put in at Williamsport and was supposed to be picked up at Middletown, but continuous rain for 2 days kind of wash them out.
 

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thanks guys i'll check out the suggested sites. How many miles an hour to you guys figure when you float?
 

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The Allegheny River down stream from Warren. Many islands to camp on,beware tho,we've still got a lot of snow on the ground and it will take a while for the water levels to go down. No matter where you go, a float is a fantastic way to get to enjoy Pa. In slow motion!
 

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thanks guys i'll check out the suggested sites. How many miles an hour to you guys figure when you float?
About 2 1/2 miles per hour.

Pine Creek is a very nice float. For a weekend, go Ansonia to Blackwell. Camp at the DCNR campsite at Tiadaghton. There is only one major rapids, at Owassee. Find out where the Owassee rapids is, and when you get there, stay left, and you'll be fine.

Pine Creek has fishing for stocked trout, and smallmouth bass. You see eagles there often. On a weekend float you're almost sure to see at least one. And it's a very scenic landscape.

There's a book called Keystone Canoeing that has lots of maps and good info on where to go.
 

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Thanks troutbert I'll look into the book. I'm sure I can find it on amazon or something. Just talked to my bro today looks like were thinking memorial day weekend for now. I'll do a little research here and check back when I figure some stuff out or come up with some more questions.
 

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Speed depends on the amount of water. Sounds simplistic, but I guess it is. In early spring on the Allegeheny you can get 4+ mph floating IF there is a lot of rain. That can get a little hairy and annoying on a "fun" trip.

For the most part, dont figure on more than 2mph.
 

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Hey guys just wanted to say thanks for the help. We did a two day on the susqy. Put in at Millersberg ferry and pulled out at middletown. Other than picking a "crappy" island to camp on and not knowing about the low head dam in Harrisburg we had a blast.
 
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