River Info: eagle

Clarion River launch and pickup spots, things of interest, mileage and float times.


-Trophy trout water, 9 miles, 3 hour paddle.


-Dixie Island trestle rapids, 9 miles, 3 hour paddle.


-Eagle viewing, 14 miles, 5 hour paddle.


-x y z rapids, eagle viewing, 16 miles, 6 hour paddle.


-Halton Hilton restaurant, featuring the famous "Belly Buster" Burger, eagle viewing, 19 miles, 7 hour paddle.


-Pine rapids, 26 miles, 10 hour paddle.


-Camping, Belltown rapids, 32 miles, 12 hour paddle.


-Camping and accommodations, 43 miles, 16 hour paddle.


-Accommodations, 61 miles, 25 hour paddle.

Float times mentioned may vary with river conditions. The times mentioned are a general guide for a steady paddling pace. For a relaxing float add an additional 3 to 4 hours on the times listed above.


A little more about the Clarion River:

The Clarion River was designated as a component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System on October 19, 1996 by congress.  The list of rivers was established to recognize outstanding examples of the nations free-flowing rivers and to raise public awareness of the importance of America’s river resources.Brian in canoe

The Clarion River is one of the major tributaries of the Allegheny River.  The Clarion enters the Allegheny River 85 miles upstream from Pittsburgh, PA.  The river meanders through narrow valleys of hardwood forests, offering its guests an amazing opportunity to experience a variety of wildlife, intermittent fast water, and rock outcrops lending to inspiring scenery.

The Clarion has a longer floating season than other rivers in the area, and is relatively accessible to the public.

The East Branch Dam, located upstream 15 miles northeast of Johnsonburg, PA, controls the headwaters of the east branch of the Clarion River. The river's water quality offers some of western Pennsylvania’s best fishing and canoeing opportunities. The dam is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Mikey fishing

Most of the forest along the Clarion River consists of mature, second-growth mixed hardwoods. The upper section, below Ridgway, is predominantly oak forest, and the lower section, towards Clarion, is mostly northern hardwoods. Conifers are often found on the steep slopes: hemlock and rhododendron often on northeast slopes, and white pine on southwest slopes.


Click here to download and read the Clarion River and Mill Creek Wild and Scenic River Eligibility Report in its entirety. (March, 1996).

Click here to view and print the Service and Rental contract.