♦︎♦︎ Kelly’s Rapids

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:
Enter in the center of the river to avoid the typically-shallow water on RR, then head for the right channel, staying upriver of the rootball lodged on the RL side of the entrance to the rapid. Turn left around the rootball and hit center or left center in the rapid.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.