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I am thinking about planning a float down the Mahoning Creek in late spring from somewhere around the New Bethlehem/Putneyville area down to where it flows into the Allegheny River.

A friend of mine has a camp along the creek about 2 miles up from the mouth so I am familiar with that section, but I have never gone very far upstream and I am looking for some intel.

I've checked it out on Googlemaps and it looks like it could be a pretty nice scenic run, but I am not sure if there are any dangerous spots (waterfalls, rough rapids, etc.) upstream.

Does anyone have any experience canoeing/kayaking down this creek? Put-in spots near Putneyville? Any dangerous areas?

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I did some additional research on this and found a potential put-in spot where State Route 1025 crosses the creek in New Bethlehem (near the Putneyville General Store).

It's about a 16.5 mile run from the put-in all the way down to the Allegheny River, and according to what I've found the Mahoning Dam Creek Gauge should be at 3.0 or above/480 cf/s flow.

I am going to head up there in the next couple of weeks to scout out the creek where it runs near the local roads along that run to check for any potential dangers. And if all looks ok, I am going to plan a run for late May.

Hopefully updates to come...
 

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I did some additional research on this and found a potential put-in spot where State Route 1025 crosses the creek in New Bethlehem (near the Putneyville General Store).

It's about a 16.5 mile run from the put-in all the way down to the Allegheny River, and according to what I've found the Mahoning Dam Creek Gauge should be at 3.0 or above/480 cf/s flow.

I am going to head up there in the next couple of weeks to scout out the creek where it runs near the local roads along that run to check for any potential dangers. And if all looks ok, I am going to plan a run for late May.

Hopefully updates to come...
Did you make the trip? Haven’t been on this site in a long time and just saw your post. I’ve kayaked the stretch from mahoning dam to putneyville a few times, and from deanville road to the mouth once. Nice creek. Was wondering what the stretch from putneyville to deanville road was like if you hit that.
 

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I canoed from New Bethlehem to the river one year on Memorial Day weekend. It was a great trip except for a really bad storm one night. I can't recall any dangerous spots at all from that trip. We enjoyed some fantastic fishing. To this day, some of the biggest smallmouths that I've ever caught came from that trip.
 

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Did you make the trip? Haven’t been on this site in a long time and just saw your post. I’ve kayaked the stretch from mahoning dam to putneyville a few times, and from deanville road to the mouth once. Nice creek. Was wondering what the stretch from putneyville to deanville road was like if you hit that.

No, due to family stuff and the rainy spring weather on the weekends, I never did make it up that way to check it out. I have only had the kayaks and canoes out twice this year, and both were just on my local creek (Chartiers here in Crafton).

Thanks for the intel from Deanville Road down to the mouth, that helps. This Mahoning run is definitely high on my list, I just have to make the time to get it done. Looks like a fantastic nature type of float.
 
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