View Full Version : Kayak hang anyone?

06-22-2013, 23:38
Just returned from a day trip on the allegheny river (Buccaloons to Tionesta) and was wondering if anyone was interested in an overnight trip?
For those not familiar, the upper reaches of the Alleghenny river from Kinzua Dam is a great place for kayak and canoeing during the summer when other creeks and rivers aren't runnable.
It's all easy flatwater paddling with a few minor riffles thrown in and camping is permitted on any of the rivers many islands. Most are forested and there are plenty of established campsites on quite a few of them. The scenery was great and I saw a ton of wildlife you seldom see while hiking.
Outback Adventures,the outfitter I used in tionesta, rents boats or will shuttle you and your boat upriver to the put in of your choice. Then you travel back downstream to your vehicle without having to wait for somebody to come pick you up.(always hated that part)
The stretch I paddled today was about 30 miles, and normally a 2 day trip, but
Higher than normal flow cut it to around 7 hrs of actual paddling. I'm looking forward to going back and pretty open to suggestions on distance and pace.
I'd also like to hear from anyone that has done this trip before if they have any suggestions.

06-23-2013, 01:56
Doing the 50 mile trip in July good to here water is up

06-23-2013, 14:08
River level according to the West Hickory gauge was @ 4.5 or so yesterday.
This gave a drift speed around 1.5 to 2.5 mph. and pretty much opened up the whole river for paddling. The OA guys told me when it gets much lower you may have to stick to the channels in the river but it's still quite doable. I'd love to do it @ 6 or 7.
The wind was surprising midday though. There were several long, open pools were the headwind would blow you back upstream at 1-2 mph if you quit paddling.
Are you planning your tip for 2 or 3 days?
Have you done the trip before? I'm curious as to what the section above Buccaloons is like.

06-23-2013, 14:11
Good luck on the trip. Hope the water levels and weather hold up!

06-23-2013, 19:20
That sounds fantastic ,wish I were a couple hundred miles closer.

06-24-2013, 19:14
Beckett -- When are you planning on going? Early August and late August/early September are two possibilities for me. Always wanted to paddle that river.

06-25-2013, 01:23
Planning on 3 days, I haven't done it but the group I'm going with did it last year. Will probably change some tent people to hammocks when they see how we do it. I guess one of them had a hammock (Eno singlenest) w/no tarp and he was the biggest guy probably 6'4-5" and pushing 300 tried sleeping in It 1 night and ended up going to ground so the rest of them wouldn't even try, boy do I have a surprise for them. Lol

06-25-2013, 12:40
Obxh2o. Actually wouldn't mind doing it at least 2-3 more times this year.
It's only a 2hr. drive for me. If you would like to do it, let me know the date and I'll most likely be able to go.

06-25-2013, 18:46
One thing I will mention. Although there are plenty of islands with what seemed to be plenty of established campsites, many I saw along the island shores were in waist high grass and brush with a clear area for a tent. You may be clearing areas for good hanging spots. Something to keep in mind if your group is large.

06-25-2013, 19:15
Wish I was a lot closer, I'd love to do a several day trip.

06-25-2013, 19:17
I am in Maine so your proposed location is a bit out of the way but I would be open to a Kayak Hang in Maine or New Hampshire waters,

07-09-2013, 02:38
Heading up to Cleveland today to meet up with group should be on the river by noon tomorrow. Thanks for the heads up on the grass.

07-09-2013, 20:24
I've done this trip a few times (granted years ago) - I wanted to hang around Sugar Bay (it was a fishing trip for me) while most of the rest went up I stayed back with Rick and Ed - between the three of us we caught over 300 fish, and while we let most go that was 280 Pounds of fish!

07-14-2013, 19:52
Well here are some pics from our trip Kinzua Dam to Tionesta. 52811 This was my view from my hammock the first night.52812 52813This was the second night 5281452815 This was the third.

Debi Jaytee
07-14-2013, 19:55
looks like a wonderful place to paddle. Would consider it if I lived closer

07-14-2013, 20:16
I used to do that trip with friends during spring break from college This was in the early 70's. We did it in an inflatable raft. We would float down to Oil City. Great trip, lots of fun.

07-14-2013, 20:20
I did the same trip a couple of times during spring break from college during the early 70's. We used an inflatable raft and we would go to Oil City before getting out. Usually took about 4 or 5 days. Great fun, great trip & great memories!!

07-25-2013, 22:17
If you ever hang in the kinzua area let me know. I'm about 30-40min away from there.

12-23-2013, 14:20
Old thread I know.

I kayaked and hammock camped 2 nights last july. From Kinzua to tionesta. I am planning on going again in June and July! If any lone kayaker wants company. Me and my friend and possibly her husband will be going. (We are 2 women) It was so fantastic! Cannot wait for the summer