North Branch Little Conemaugh River

General Description

The Little Conemaugh River is 29 miles long and drains 188 square miles. Its headwaters and the North Branch are fisheries. The North Branch of the Little Conemaugh River runs from Wilmore Dam to the main branch of the Little Conemaugh. The stream is located off Route 160 on Evergreen Road in Wilmore, and near Route 53 above Summerhill.

The stream is of medium size, containing many runs and pools. Convenient turn off areas near the stream make the waterway easily accessible over much of its length. The exception is the 1.5 mile section from the dam to Route 160, which is enclosed by an old iron gate fence. The secluded nature of this walk-in-only area is especially worthwhile for anglers.

The North Branch contains a major population of brown and rainbow trout with a smaller population of brook trout. The stream is stocked by the Fish & Boat Commission with brown and rainbow trout, but does not contain a large number of wild trout.

The South Fork to Johnstown section of the Little Conemaugh features a 10.2 mile section and not recommended to be run in it's entirety by beginners. This is due to elevation drops at the Echo/Parkhill section of river- just past the large green bridge. The last point to take out before hitting the hazardous area is Beech Hill Road Bridge at Mineral Point. 

The Lilly to Portage section of the Little Conemaugh River is a 5.6 mile stretch of Class III whitewater perfect for more experienced river runners. Unless accompanied by an experienced paddler, this section is not recommended for beginners.


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No public access points.

Fees & Licenses

All Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Regulations apply.


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