Good Rowing Conditions!

Good Rowing Conditions!

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River Conditions

Weather Conditions


Weather and Water Conditions Safety Rules

  1. Prior to rowing all rowers must make sure weather and water conditions are safe to row, to include but are not limited to the following conditions:

    1. Water level must be above 8 feet and below 16 feet as measured at the Sunbury gauge
      (go to Sunbury gauge webpage).

    2. River current must be less than 60,000 cfs as measured at the Sunbury gauge
      (go to Sunbury gauge webpage).

      • Exception: At a coach’s discretion and with a coach on the water, boats (especially bigger boats) may be out if the current is between 60,000 and 90,000 cfs.

    3. Fog/ Visibility – Rowers must be able to see the opposite (Sunbury) river bank. If fog sets in while on the water, immediately return to the dock. Move slowly toward the dock and be prepared to stop quickly. Use your sound-making device (horn, whistle) to advise other boats of your location (1 long blast, followed by 2 short blasts).

    4. Thunderstorms – stay off the water if lightning is sighted or thunder is heard and for 30 minutes thereafter.

    5. Whitecaps - Do not row in whitecaps. If boats are already on the water when the water becomes whitecapped, return to the dock immediately.

  2. Be very observant if the south wind is blowing because the water can kick up and increase the danger of the water conditions very quickly. This is due to the wind blowing in the opposite direction of the water current.

  3. A coach on the water has discretion during coached rowing to make decisions about the above water and weather conditions.

  4. Board members have the duty, responsibility, and authority to override the coaches’ decisions/discretion

WATER CONDITIONS at Shikellamy State Park - The entry road to the park closes (floods) when the river reaches 16 ft. The boathouse itself shouldn't flood until until the river reaches 25-26 ft. 


SUNBURY, PA – Shikellamy State Park is pleased to announce the 2019 operational schedule for the Adam T. Bower Memorial Dam and the marina at Shikellamy State Park. Park staff will begin inspecting the dam the week of April 22, 2019; during the inflation and inspection fluctuations in the river level will occur. Inflation of the dam will begin Monday, April 29 and continue through Friday, May 10. Park Staff will begin installation of the docks on Monday, May 13; the boat launch will be closed to the public during this time. The marina will be open to slip holders on Friday May 24.

The marina is scheduled to close for the season on Sunday, October 6 with dock removal beginning Monday, October 7.

Deflation of the dam will begin Monday, October 14 and complete Friday, October 25.

Please note: all operations are dependent on favorable weather and river conditions because of this all dates are subject to change.