State Plans Whitewater Release into Tohickon Creek for Annual Boating Event in Bucks County

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HARRISBURG >> Whitewater boating enthusiasts will once again converge on Bucks County’s Tohickon Creek on Saturday and Sunday, March 19-20, when the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) releases water from Nockamixon Lake in Tohickon Creek.

Releases are historically scheduled on a semi-annual basis, usually occurring the third weekend in March and the first weekend in November. Whitewater discharge from the Nockamixon State Park Dam provides suitable whitewater boating conditions downstream through Ralph Stover State Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

The water discharges begin at 4 am. Several hours later, the release consisting of millions of gallons of water moving through the waterway will create whitewater conditions at Ralph Stover State Park, park officials say. Suggested times to view the news release and boating activity are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Ralph Stover.

Water trips are eagerly awaited by whitewater paddlers, attracting skilled kayakers, canoeists, and occasional rafters from across the Northeastern United States. Most launch their craft at Ralph Stover State Park near Pipersville, Bucks County, and travel about four miles along Tohickon Creek to its junction with the Delaware River at Point Pleasant.

DCNR officials remind boaters that this is technical whitewater with class 3 and 4 rapids that require navigation skills. Boaters should know and follow the American Whitewater Affiliation Safety Code. Boaters should wear appropriate personal flotation devices; take appropriate precautions to prevent hypothermia; and only use boats designed for this type of water.

For more information, contact Nockamixon State Park at 215-529-7300 or Delaware Canal State Park at 610-982-5560.

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