The world-renowned limestone stream, Yellow Breeches Creek, originates on South Mountain, in Michaux State Forest, Cumberland Valley, near Walnut Bottom. From there, the Yellow Breeches meanders through Cumberland Valley's farmland, forested areas and suburbs, and joins the Susquehanna River near New Cumberland. The main stem of the Yellow Breeches is some 49-miles long & 60-feet wide at its middle stretch.
Yellow Breeches Creek system has a variety of recreational opportunities. Several lakes and ponds are used for boating, fishing, swimming and ice-skating; the famous Appalachian Trail traverses part of the watershed; the Yellow Breeches itself is the focus for bird-watching, fishing, paddling, tubing and sightseeing; while various other state, county, and municipal parks and nature preserves also provide ample recreation. The water trail map and guide which can be accessed via PDF below provides a list of access points and suggested trip ideas. Use of the creek is limited to daylight hours and access along all points is free. You will need to provide your own kayaks, canoes, or tubes.
Birding: Along with a wide variety of ducks and wading birds, the forested buffer adjacent to the creek hosts many species of birds including warblers, wrens, woodpeckers, and hawks. Watch for Cedar Waxwings, Golden-crowned Kinglets, and Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers. Travel slowly and quietly to optimize your viewing opportunities.
Fly fishing: If fly fishing is your forte, Yellow Breeches Creek is an angler’s delight. The most popular catch and release section is a mile long and runs through Allenberry in Boiling Springs. Designated as a “Pennsylvania Scenic River”, Yellow Breeches never has a shortage of trout (mix of stocked and wild trout). Check the Yellow Breeches Creek fly-fishing report for current fishing conditions here. The first episode of 50 Places to Fly Fish Before You Die features LeTort Spring Run and a small segment of Yellow Breeches Creek. You can watch the episode here.
Download the Yellow Breeches Creek Water Trail Map & Guide (.pdf)
View the Interactive Yellow Breeches Water Trail Map
The Yellow Breeches Creek Water Trail Map & Guide provides boating and recreation information for approximately 22 miles of the Yellow Breeches Creek. This guide outlines two float trips: Trip A – Upper stretch (~1.8 miles) and Trip B – Lower stretch (~19.6 miles). The guide is divided into two trips because of the existence of several hazardous dams and the lack of approved access and/or portage. Do not attempt to navigate over these dams! You may choose any of the access points listed for your trip depending on amenities needed and time desired on the water. Please respect private property rights. Do not enter property not designated for public use. Camping is prohibited at all access points with the exception of Lower Allen Community Park (B4). Trail use is limited to daylight hours.
View details about Trip A & B and access points in the above downloadable guide or by clicking on a hyperlinked park.
B1 - Messiah College
B2 - Simpson Park
B3 - McCormick Park
B4 - Lower Allen Community Park
B5 - Liberty Forge
B6 - Yellow Breeches Park
B7 - United Water Pennsylvania, Inc (UWPA)
B8 - Spangler's Mill
B9 - Creekwood Park
C3 - New Cumberland Borough Park & Dam: TAKE OUT ONLY
Please note: the map marker on the map below is at the South Middleton Township Park Access Point.
Check water levels before hitting the creek. View Yellow Breeches Creek near Camp Hill, for real time water levels http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv?01571500.
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