Whitewater: during the scheduled releases you will pay ~$10 to park at the Bucks County River Country park area. The money goes to the local fire company. Typical scheduled releases are 3rd week of March and 1st week of November. Current bridge construction has cancelled recent scheduled releases. Natural flow occurs year round but is most abundant between November-March, however extreme cold weather gear is a necessity. The Tohickon Creek is a great class III run with lots of surfing and boof moves. However, it has several ledges which increases the difficulty. It is helpful to have someone who knows the lines to lead you on your first descent. It is a drop pool type of river with the longest rapid being Race Course.
Difficulty & Must Haves: Class II+-III Section Length: 3.8 miles Time: 2-4 hours, depending on stops and play time. Required Equipment: Boat suitable for whitewater with air bags, paddle, skirt, helmet, PFD, whistle, highly recommended for the trip are water dry bag for river snacks. Required Skills: Paddlers must have good boat control, be able to catch and exit eddies in moving water, ferry and wet-exit safely. At normal flow levels, a reliable roll is not absolutely necessary, but paddlers should have a good brace. At higher levels (2’ and higher) a reliable roll is a must. During natural flow conditions, the creek is susceptible to changes in conditions, which may include new strainers. You should always have the appropriate safety gear, including rope, knife, unpinning kit, first aid kit, etc. At high levels it is a must to have someone that knows the river and high level lines. There are several features that become retentive and taking an improper line could have severe consequences.
Nice to Have & Human Interest:
Several good local watering spots (and food) nearby. Ralph Stover State Park (which surrounds parts of the creek) is a well-known climbing spot.
Additional Notes & Shuttle Info:
Shuttle distance is 2.2 miles (approximately 6 mins) 40°25’22.6″N 75°04’00.8″W https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=z0We5CLCBWqo.kBwLrLzdQSEU The Tohickon is a local jewel. It offers some great play, scheduled releases, and lots of activity after heavy rains. It is a good Class III run that can be viewed as a stepping stone for novice and intermediates or as a fun play creek for intermediate and advanced paddlers. There is a fun play hole that serves up some great surfing and verticality to those that are patient. There are at least six challenging rapids in this 3 mile stretch that will keep anyone’s attention.