♦︎♦︎ Kelly’s Rapids

WARNING! A tree has fallen into the upper third of the Class II+ rapid on RR, causing a hazardous strainer in the swift current. Until this fallen tree has been removed, please do not attempt to run this rapid.

EXTRA CAUTION. Class II+ rapids. 40.373789, -75.955886

Always use caution and scout ahead when approaching problem areas.

Class II+ rapid on RR includes a surf wave and a strong eddy.

To avoid the rapid:
Take out on RL above the rapids at the upper launch of Kelly’s Lock Overlook (40.374123,-75.954838), portage 0.1 mile through the park, then re-enter the river at the lower launch of Kelly’s Lock Overlook (40.373155,-75.955602), or
Paddle left of the islands (Not always paddleable at lower water levels).

To run the rapid:
The following is the guidance we offered prior to the appearance of the new strainer hazard in this rapid. Please avoid this rapid until that hazard is removed:

Enter in the center of the river to avoid the typically-shallow water on RR, then head for the right channel (upriver of the rootball lodged at the RL entrance to the rapids). Hit center or left center of this RR channel.Action Map from “A Paddler’s Guide to the Schuylkill River Water Trail”

For more information about this take-out and put-in, see “Kelly’s Lock Overlook (upper)” and “Kelly’s Lock Overlook (lower)” in the Water Trail Landings.