Local Rivers and Creeks

Lackawaxen River


The Lackawaxen (footnote) river heads in PA in Wayne and Pike countries PA.
Ends at its confluence with the Delaware River at Lackawaxen, PA.

Section Difficulty Distance. Time Scenery Page
Glen Eyre area to Delaware River 1+ - 2 8 miles? 3 hrs. good 54
Trip Description:

Can be a fast and exciting run for the experienced paddle when water is being
released from the hydro-electric plant via Lake Wallenpaupack.

Local paddlers paddle the Lackawaxen river on scheduled Friday releases through
out the summer. The river contains sufficient ledges and boulders to make it an
interesting paddle for the intermediate paddler.

In: At Euell Threshman's River Rides pay $5.00 for use of their launch area.
Access Map

An alternate put in is said to be in the town of Hawley. Perhaps a good run during
Spring run off.
Access Map

Out: Exit at the Zane Gray Museum off rt. 590 just as it crosses the river
in Lackawaxen. Access off the river is on river right at the confluence.

Access Map

Hazards: Sudden rises in water due to dam releases can change the nature of this river
very quickly. A trip that starts out at class I can end in class II or better.

Water Conditions: Runnable Spring and after heavy rain. Also runnable on dam releases.

Gauge: None.
footnote: 'Lackawaxen': The name is derived from the corruption of the Indian name
Lechauwesink meaning "where the roads fork".

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

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Revisions: March 2007 June 2008 Feb. 2010