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River Conditions to Next Access Point: 

Class I Rapids This section of river is generally fast-moving.  Three stone supports of an abandoned railroad bridge present obstacles.  Two small islands and a change in elevation form several whitewater chutes at the old Treichlers Dam.


  • Lehigh Navigation Canal Towpath: A 5-mile walking and biking trail extends from the Locktender's House north to Lehigh Gap and south to Bertsch Creek.
  • Canal-River Water-Trail Loop: The proximity of the Lehigh Navigation canal to the riverbank allows for an interesting canal-river water-trail loop.  Boaters can move between the river and the canal at three locations: (1) at the Locktender's House and Lock #23 at this access point; (2) at Lock #25 downstream from this access point, just above Bertsch Creek (and the remnants of the aqueduct that carried the canal over the creek); and (3) north of this access point upstream from Lock #22.  Beyond this point, the canal narrows and is difficult to travel.
  • Main Street and Route 145 amenities: Restaurants, an ice-cream shop, convenience stores, a bike shop, and shopping centers are all within walking distance of this access point.

Access Point Orientation and Description:
Access is on RIVER LEFT.  The riverbank is a low-lying, wooded area.  The river is strewn with medium-sized boulders, which offer some challenges in low-water conditions.

Locating the Access Point from the River:
This access point is a 0.2 mile downstream from an automobile bridge (Main Street Bridge) over the river between Walnutport (on RIVER LEFT) and Slatington (on RIVER RIGHT), and a grouping of several riverfront homes.

Directions to Access Parking/Unloading Area by Land:
From Route 22, turn onto Route 145 North and go 12.8 miles to the traffic light at Main Street in Walnutport.   Turn left onto Main Street and go 0.5 mile to Lehigh Street ( just before the bridge over the Lehigh River).   Turn left (south) onto Lehigh Street and go 0.2 mile to the parking area at the Earl F. Snyder Canal Park.

Access Point Location:
From the parking area at the Earl F. Snyder Canal Park, follow the dirt path on the river side of the parking area to the river access point. 

User Facilities:

  • Portable toilets
  • Canal-river water-trail loop
  • Fitness and nature trail
  • Hiking and biking trail
  • Historic buildings, museum, canal, and lock
  • Parking for 50+ vehicles
  • Restaurants and services close by in downtown Walnutport
  • Pavilion with picnic tables
  • Wildlife watching
  • Wetland preserve

Ownership and Maintenance:

  • Borough of Walnutport

Present Use and Conditions:
This is a carry-in access point.  Within the Earl F. Snyder Canal Park, the Walnutport Canal Association has restored over four miles of canal and towpath, plus a quarter mile of wooded trail near the riverbank.  The original Locktender's House and Lock #23, directly adjacent to the house, have been restored.  An small addition to the Locktender's House is now the Walnutport Canal Museum.  This is the site of an annual canal festival, plus other community activities.  The parking area, available free to boaters, provides parking for 50 vehicles. Overnight parking is available with permission.  Boats need to be carried approximately 25 yards to the river. The riverbank is level and wooded.  Watch for poison ivy.




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