Pennsylvania DCNR Cancels White-Water Release Into Bucks County's Tohickon Creek

Oct 31, 2012, 12:14 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hazardous conditions created by Hurricane Sandy have forced the cancellation of a planned white-water release this weekend from Lake Nockamixon into the Tohickon Creek in Bucks County, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced today.

The storm toppled many trees into Tohickon Creek, creating severe danger to boaters and requiring significant cleanup by Bureau of State Parks work crews.

Annually scheduled for the first weekend in November, the release was to take place Saturday and Sunday. Water was to be released from the Nockamixon State Park dam on a schedule that would provide boating water downstream each day at Ralph Stover State Park.

Held each spring and fall, the water releases are eagerly awaited by white-water paddling enthusiasts, and draw skilled kayakers, canoeists and occasional rafters from throughout the northeastern United States. Most launch their craft at Ralph Stover State Park, near Pipersville, Bucks County, and travel approximately four miles along the Tohickon Creek to its junction with the Delaware River at Point Pleasant.

For more information, contact Nockamixon State Park at 215-529-7300, or Delaware Canal State Park at 610-982-5560.  For more information about Pennsylvania's 120 state parks, call 1-888-PA-PARKS between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; or visit

Media contact: Terry Brady, 717-772-9101

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources