DESCRIPTION: (Wear appropriate clothing & bring water! Below are some special instructions: what to bring, relative difficulties, interesting features, & carpooling directions.)
-Instructor – Jack Frankosky
Lehigh River – White Haven to Rockport but could change based on water levels.
Enrollment limit: 4 students
This course is intended for students who have had whitewater training and want to build on that foundation. We will develop skills aimed at keeping a blade in the water, linking strokes and maneuvers. Along the way, we’ll work on how to develop new route options and use river features on Class 2-3 to prepare you for tackling more difficult rapids and advanced moves.
The course includes blade exercises and stroke applications…with a theme of keeping a blade in the water most of the time. This is aimed at developing tools for executing tighter eddy turns, tailoring peel outs and other exit strategies, enabling more route options through rapids and enhancing dynamic stability in bigger water. There will be opportunities for demonstration and practice of a variety of situations.
*Prerequisite Skills: Completion of WTC Novice/Beginner Training program for Whitewater Kayaking or equivalent, with Instructor discretion.
-Working hard on these exercises is likely to earn you some upside-down time.
-Whether or not your roll is solid, dressing for a swim is always a good idea.
-A working roll will help you and the class immensely.
Weather dependent gear is required.
Course Fee: $20
For more information contact Jack Frankosky.
WHERE: Lehigh River – White Haven to Rockport
NEAREST ADDRESS: 500 Main St White Haven, PA
General Information: Whitewater: the White Haven to Rockport section of the Lehigh River is the “go-to” run for WTC whitewater paddlers from April though October. Dam releases are scheduled routinely beginning in May each year; meaning that the Lehigh can be run even when other rivers are dry. It offers plenty of challenges for beginner and intermediate paddlers and the advanced paddler can always find a move to challenge themselves with. Its also incredibly beautiful, teeming with wildlife and has lots of historical artifacts from the coal mining days.
Difficulty & Must Haves: Class II+ – III. Section Length: 9 miles. Time: 5-6 hours normal run time with stops for lunch and playing. No matter what time we put on the river, we seem to take off at 5 pm. Required Equipment: Boat suitable for whitewater, paddle, skirt, helmet, PFD, whistle, water, dry bag. Required Skills: Paddlers must have good boat control, be able to catch and exit eddies in moving water, ferry and wet-exit safely.
Nice to Have & Human Interest: Optional/Recommended Equipment and Supplies: Lunch and snacks, extra water, sunscreen, glasses holder, throw-rope.
Additional Notes & Shuttle Info: 40°57’56.8″N 75°45’26.3″W https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zjduWflhNnK4.k3hQBevJ6NXw Our normal routine is to meet at White Haven; all drivers will take their cars to Rockport and one car will come back to the put in (or more depending on trip size). Note: on busy weekends, the number of vehicles allowed at the Rockport access is limited; please listen to the Park Rangers’ instructions, be patient and minimize your time at the bottom of the hill to allow others to load up. Parking at White Haven and Rockport is free. Additional Notes: There are porta-potties at White Haven; and a composting toilet/changing room at Rockport. No soap or running water is provided. On summer weekends, the parking lots and river get crowded so an early start time is advantageous, particularly to get ahead of the rafts. There are a number of restaurants near White Haven for dinner after the trip if you still have the energy