Local Rivers and Streams

Lackawanna River

Description:
Heads in Susquehannia County in NE PA. formed from the West and East Branch that
feeds Stillwater Lake. The river starts at the Stillwater dam just above Forest City.

The Lackawanna (footnote) River flows through Forest City,
Carbondale, and the city of Scanton, ending at its confluence with the Susquehannia
River below Scanton.

The Lackawanna River Corridor Association is currently working to revitalize the
Lackawanna River and has published a guide to the river. See the links section of
this web site for the link to their web site. Note that most or all of the guide is
available at their web site for viewing.

As this guide is available from them, this page will only deal with one section, the
upper most section that is paddled.
Map
Section Difficulty Dist. Time Scenery Page
Forest City/Stillwater Lake to Carbondale 2 - 3* 9.8 miles 3 hrs. good - 38
Trip Description:

Starting below Stillwater dam just north of Forest City. Forest City to Simpson or
Cabondale has a small creek feel. With a few ledges, lots of rocks, little or no flat water.
The class 4 feature is a rocky anticline near Simpson. River is split by huge rock so take a
boof over the drop if you go straight or take the cruving, blind chute to the left.

Note: Stillwater lake is about 5 miles east of the Elk Mountain ski area. Forest City is
in the lowest most corner of Susquehannia County.

Note: There is a nice run from Archbald to Blakely class 2 for the most part. Rapids are
riffles, small rock gardens and a couple of nice ledges. This is a nice short run of
around 3 miles.

Access:
In: Above Forest City on off Rt. 171 ... Access Map

Out: Exit Access Map

Hazards: Possible strainers, lots of rocks, and numerous ledges. One portage of small water
supply dam near Forest City.

Water Conditions: Runnable early Spring or after very heavy rain.

Gauge: A good run if the water is about 3 ft. on the gauge at Archbald.

Acknowledgments: Thanks to Dan Borick for trip description information.

footnote: 'Lackawanna': The name is derived from the corruption of the Indian name
Lechanannek meaning "the forks of a stream".

(Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania by Donehoo. Published by
Gateway Press 1997)

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Revisions: Nov. 2005 June 2008 Feb. 2010