Upper Lehigh River - Staircase

Map

Description

Class III

Below Eddy Turn rock, and after a small riffle is Class III Staircase. It is a gradual drop over a jumbled series of rocks. At low water start far left follow the current over the rocks to wind up on the right at the bottom. Watch out for a metal beam along the shore in the small eddy at the bottom of the drop.

At 750 cfs or above start right, and stay on the right side down the drop.

Below this is a set of 3 large rocks across the river, called Broken Canoe.

Photo


Looking downstream at the top of Staircase.


Looking upstream at kayakers hung up in the rocks in the middle of the rapid (bounce, bounce, ka-thunk).

Satellite Photo

This information is my opinion only
and may not reflect actual conditions.
It is based on my usually hazy memory,
and should not be used to decide whether
you or your guides are qualified to run the river.