Best levels for paddling the Lackawanna River are when the USGS Archbald Gage reads
between 2.6 feet and 3.6 feet.
Supplied by USGS: Maximum recordable gage height (stage sensor operational limit) - 19.2 ft; Data transmitter operational limit - 20.4 ft;
Supplied by NWS: Action stage - 6.2 ft; Flood stage - 8 ft; Moderate flood stage - 9 ft; Major flood stage - 10 ft
Supplied by NWS: Action stage - 6 ft; Flood stage - 7.5 ft, water begins to exit channel banks in areas near Parker Street outside of flood control structures; Moderate flood stage - 8 ft, sections of Scranton near Parker Street outside of flood control bank protection begin to get impacted by flood waters; Major flood stage - 9.5 ft; Leggett's Creek
Supplied by NWS: Action stage - 7 ft; Flood stage - 11 ft, some roadways near the Lackawanna River in Old Forge and Moosic begin to be affected; Moderate flood stage - 13 ft, water begins to affect some homes and businesses on both sides of river; Major flood stage - 16 ft, many homes and businesses begin to be affected at this level
LOCATION.--Lat 41`41'46", long 75`29'10", Susquehanna County, Hydrologic Unit 02050107, at Stillwater Dam on Lackawanna River, 0.3 mi downstream from confluence of East and West Branches, 1.4 mi south of Union Dale, and 3.5 mi north of Forest City.
REMARKS.--Reservoir is formed by an earthfill dam, rock faced, with ungated concrete spillway at elevation 1,621.00 ft (capacity, 12,000 acre-ft). Storage began December 1959. Reservoir is used for flood control and municipal water supply. Flood storage is regulated by power-operated slide gate; water supply storage is regulated by a weir formed by stop-logs. Satellite and landline telemetry at station.
LOCATION.--Lat 41`31'20", long 75`31'48", Lackawanna County, Hydrologic Unit 02050107, at right end of Aylesworth Creek Dam near Jermyn, 0.9 mi upstream from mouth, and 1 mi southeast of Jermyn.
REMARKS.--Reservoir is formed by an earth and rockfill dam with an ungated spillway at 1,150 ft above mean sea level (capacity, 1,700 acre-feet). The dam has a maximum height of 90 ft above the streambed and a top length of 1,270 ft. The outlet conduit is uncontrolled and consists of a 490-foot-long, 36-inch diameter vitrified clay pipe encased in reinforced concrete. Storage began in October 1970. Reservoir is used for flood control and recreation.