Please note:

The best  conditions for a fun paddle with some modest whitewater experience

are when the Archbald Gauge reads between 2.6 and 3.2 feet. 

Below 2.6 you may ground out more often. 

If  you have more paddling experience, levels above 3.2 up to 4.0 feet are exciting.

We wouldn't advise running much above 4.0 unless you are  extremely experienced.

Stay away above 5.0. It is extremely dangerous.

River Conditions


Archbald Gauge

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Supplied by USGS: Maximum recordable gauge 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

Leggett's Creek Gauge

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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 

Old Forge Gauge

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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

Graphical water flow information regarding Stillwater Dam and Aylesworth Dam is available from the USACE Baltimore District. Information on the River's level and discharge are available by accessing data from the four USGS stream flow gauging stations on the main stem of the Lackawanna River at  Forest City, Archbald, Leggett's Creek, and Old Forge.