Historical Weather. The one-mile Catch-and-Release stretch can become crowded during major hatches. Yes, dams are probably the only legitimate complaint about this otherwise excellent flatwater stream. The Yellow Breeches can be paddled year around. From there the Yellow Breeches fl ows through the limestone-rich Cumberland Valley and joins the Susquehanna River near New Cumberland. It’s a great canoeing creek blessed with a never ending season. Paddling the Breeches after a storm in 2004 at 3.4 feet (a good high level) Tony and I unintentionally snuck into the park while exploring a narrow 1/2-mile long flood channel that runs around the back of the park, joins the outflow from the spring pool and exits through the adjacent trailer court. I try to give the fishermen at least the first 2 weeks of the season and so stay off the creek the final 2 weeks of April (regular trout season begins in mid April). Trout are a hodge podge of wild, stocked and carryovers. For those anglers unable to walk from the top of the hill down to the stream, the folks at … Find out where the action is, what the water conditions are and everything you need for a successful day on the water! They made it a point to thank me for carrying around them. Select points along Yellow Breeches Creek: Select the information you want: NOTE: Availability of information varies. Just glide by quickly and quietly on the opposite side of the stream. Yellow Breeches Creek is a tributary of the Susquehanna River in central Pennsylvania. View Yellow Breeches Creek near Camp Hill, for real-time water levels. Because the Breeches has a great deal of its water supply locked up in huge underground aquifers, it tends to smooth out weather events and mitigate floods and droughts. General: The "Fisherman's " parking area is once again open at the Allenberry. I never saw it until the last second and didn’t have time to re-act. U.S. Geological Survey The low banks and flat land make for few woody strainers on this run, but don’t think you’ll get off easy as far as portages. FOIA Yellow Breeches Creek starts near Lees Crossroads. And if you don’t mind a bit of scraping, you can paddle the last 15 miles of the creek even during a drought. The nearest weather station for both precipitation and temperature measurements is HARRISBURG CAPITAL CITY which is approximately 1 miles away and has an elevation of 340 feet (48 feet higher than Yellow Breeches Creek). It is stocked the entire length with large numbers of trout. thru Copyright © 2006 Pat Reilly. Don't become a statistic. author: Pat Reilly (March 2020) Check stream conditions prior to any outing at USGS water gauge - Camp Hill. Special regulation means that these waters are open to trout fishing all year. Water levels are extremely high. During the summer, much of the Yellow Breeches can An observer of the USGS online water gauges will see the spike from a storm - a sharp rise followed by a steady drop off - until the gauge levels off somewhere close to, but a little above, where it was before the rain. Built over wetlands, the park features a spring-formed pool of crystal water. * We've detected you're using a mobile device. I say cold water but that is a relative term. Minimum Water Levels: Per the brochure.. the USGS gauge height near Camp Hill should read at least 1.4 feet to navigate the stream successfully. The suggested Gage Level for boating and tubing is 1.4-2.0. Most fishermen will not get belligerent if you do your best to not disturb them. How does it do that? The watershed above Huntsdale is small, so look for at least an average rain event on the South Mountain to get this section flowing. At higher levels you can probably find a doable line for a plastic boat. I know of no other comparable sized river that holds water so long and takes so long to recover from a drought as the Breeches - not even other limestone based creeks such as Penns, Antietam or the Breeches’ sister creek, the Conodoguinet. It has several smaller tributaries. It’s interesting to note how the Breeches’ gauge will return to a lower than average base following a long drought, even after a few good drought-busting storms. 12: FEMA 10% Annual Chance Flood Level (10-year flood). This is a pretty stretch of creek, it is people populated the whole 8 miles but sparsely so. An old paddling friend, Greg (Stubby) Stone used to live in Boiling Springs and would jump into the lake on New Years Eve. Get the latest up to date fly fishing report for Brook, Brown and Rainbow Trout fishing in McMichaels Creek with the top producing flies and recommended equipment to get you into fish. Everyone thought he was nuts, but he didn’t get half as cold as those other ‘polar bears’ jumping into the river on City Island. Shortly below the bridge, the creek pools up in the first of many dams - the scourge of the Yellow Breeches. Policies and Notices, U.S. Department of the Interior | This world famous creek boasts dry fly fishing nearly year-round (and it is always open to fishing), with the most famous being the blizzard White Mayfly hatch in late summer. Current fly fishing reports and conditions for McMichaels Creek in Pennsylvania! This study of the Yellow Breeches Creek There is nothing quite like our Yellow Breeches. Farms and fences return until the Mount Holly/Boiling Springs road bridge where a park provides good access. At 1.4, expect to have to walk around some shallow spots or have a … Limestone springs! It is only about 2 feet high and I’ve run the dam through a flume in the left channel. With its big subsurface water reservoir, the Yellow Breeches has a base level that reflects the precipitation from the past several months, maybe a half year, instead of a few weeks or 1 month like most creeks. date: February 2006. Yellow Breeches Creek Water Trail: Map and Trail Guide(pdf) Safety Alerts . survey in the Yellow Breeches Creek Watershed from February-November 2006 as part of the Year-2 small watershed study in the Lower Susquehanna River Subbasin (Figure 1). The creek was frozen above the hatchery when I ran this upper section indicating that the water upstream is not primarily spring water. The upper Yellow Breeches is full of 2 pesky manmade strainers – low bridges and fences! We began by talking about this river’s unique water retaining ability and covering the upper creek from the source to Williams Grove. That may be barely enough to float a boat on, at least on a narrow flat streambed. View all the details on things to do along the Yellow Breeches here. It ends at an amusement park. The creek’s banks are very low and the land is quite flat giving the paddler a feeling of intimacy with the surrounding fields and swamps. Station Number Station name Date/Time Gage height, feet Dis-charge, ft3/s Long-term median flow 12/17 Temper-ature, water, 1.52   1.35 vaww01. No, I didn’t get shocked by an electric fence (have yet to do that), but I took a wire right in the throat! There are some smaller local limestone creeks that flow fairly consistently all year around – namely Quitapahilla and Big Springs, but these are very small creeks. State College, PA (CTP) near Camp Hill (CPHP1) Tributaries for Yellow Breeches Creek in State College, PA (CTP) Get the latest up to date fly fishing report for Trout fishing in Pine Creek with the top producing flies and recommended equipment to get you into fish. Its headwaters roll off of South Mountain into the town of Walnut Bottom well up in the Cumberland Valley. There is so much to discuss about this creek that we decided to split it up in 2 newsletters. * *) I know a lot of you won't like to hear this, but STAY OFF THE CREEK! Two dams linger in the 7 miles between Boiling Springs and Williams Grove. By the ‘base’ I’m referring to the level a river will return to after the rise and fall of a rain event. Here we go with one of club’s most popular local creeks and a personal favorite of mine, the good ole’ Yellow Breeches. Yellow Breeches Creek offers an abundance of trout for anglers of every skill level. Like other spring creeks, you will see fishermen on the Breeches any time of the year. Due to COVID-19, the access point (B1) at Messiah College is closed until further notice. Yellow Breeches Creek is one of the Cumberland Valley’s famous limestone trout streams. In 1992, the Yellow Breeches Creek was given the Pennsylvania Scenic River designation1. The Yellow Breeches Creek is a world-renowned limestone stream that originates on South Mountain, in Michaux State Forest and runs through Cumberland Valley's farmland, forested areas and suburbs, and joins the Susquehanna River near New Cumberland. But there are also plenty of wetlands including swampy woods. Current fly fishing reports and conditions for Pine Creek in Pennsylvania! This month will be part 1 – the source to Williams Grove. USGS Current Conditions for USGS 01571500 Yellow Breeches Creek near Camp Hill, PA ( * * PLEASE SHARE! Basic Info for floating, kayaking and enjoying the Yellow Breeches between Messiah College and Lower Allen Park. Numerous homes along the entire length of Yellow Breeches Creek are affected by high water levels. The first is split by a large island. But the Breeches is not all that tiny up here and more than the spring water is needed. STATION.--01571500 YELLOW BREECHES CREEK NEAR CAMP HILL, PA LOCATION.--Lat 40`13'29", long 76`53'54", Cumberland County, Hydrologic Unit 02050305, on left bank 50 ft downstream from single-span highway bridge on Green Lane Drive, 1.0 mi … My boy Tony and I like this section of creek and do it at least once every summer. It rarely freezes and the lower reaches of the creek are never really too low to paddle! It runs for close to 50 miles, all in Cumberland County, with the lower section forming the border between Cumberland and York Counties. Next month we’ll cover the rest of the Yellow Breeches as it winds its way to the Susquehanna. But debris buildup below the dam usually has me carrying on river right through some extensive riparian wetlands. Activities along the Yellow Breeches include boating, birding and fishing. Anglers realize that this is also a very popular canoeing creek. The springs at the hatchery put out a fairly consistent 25 cfs of water. One Saturday in mid January, I ran into numerous fishermen in the section between Boiling Springs and Williams Grove. In Boiling Springs, the Breeches picks up a fresh infusion of about 30 cfs of cold spring water from… you guessed it, the Boiling Spring, via Children’s Lake. The channel on river left is an old millrace and will lead right into the town of Boiling Springs where you’ll have to carry around a culvert before rejoining the creek. The first 8 miles between the Huntsdale Hatchery and route 34 at Mount Holly Springs are a bit of an expedition. Here we go with one of club’s most popular local creeks and a personal favorite of mine, the good ole’ Yellow Breeches. (Dec. 8th All rights reserved. High current, hidden/submerged dangers. Fascinating! Expecting that to be the end of it, I was surprised when I saw the 2 again as they pulled in beside me while I was loading my boat at the takeout, 5 miles downstream. Conversely, following a good wet season, the creek seems to flow and flow and flow long after the rains stop. Yellow Breeches Water levels Water Level Data available here. It flows for about thirty miles and enters the Susquehanna River. The Year-1 study of more than 100 sites throughout the entire Lower Susquehanna Subbasin was conducted from June-November 2005 (Buda, 2006). Privacy There’s a lot of ‘em. Find our, Summary of all available data for this site, Instantaneous-data availability statement. Find us on Apple Maps. Find out where the action is, what the water conditions are and everything you need for a successful day on the water! Shortly after the route 34 bridge in Mount Holly Springs, Mountain Creek enters the Yellow Breeches and nearly doubles the flow as the creeks braid around a big estate. Residents in New Cumberland have gathered to watch the Yellow Breeches Creek and the Susquehanna River rise in the area. Water from the lake enters above and below the old humpback limestone bridge where the Appalachian Trail crosses the creek and the ‘special regulation’ trout waters begin. Yellow Breeches Creek, also known as Callapatscink Creek, Callapatschink Creek (Lenape for "where it returns") or Shawnee Creek is a 56.1-mile-long (90.3 km) tributary of the Susquehanna River in central Pennsylvania, USA.There is no agreed upon explanation for the name Yellow Breeches Creek, which is found in land warrants as early as 1736. The Susquehanna runs in the 30 – 40 degree range at that time of year. URL: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv? On any given day, you'll find many fishing enthusiasts dotted along the stream, where there is never a shortage of trout ready to be fished. CCGH is lucky to have the Yellow Breeches as a local paddling resource. A lot of the creek flows through suburbia, but it somehow manages to do so rather tastefully. The Breeches is fed by many springs, both large and small, enough to keep it from freezing in all but the coldest winter. If they are mid-stream, determine which way they are casting and maneuver to their opposite side. Yellow Breeches is a classic Pennsylvania limestone spring creek that is loaded with insects and picky brown trout, along with rainbows and brookies. Thankfully it didn’t affect my voice (to the disappointment of many of my acquaintances). Course. Warning: Javascript must be enabled to use all the features on this page! Page Contact Information: Pennsylvania Water Data Support Team The Creek rises on the northwestern side of South Mountain, located in Michaux State Forest.From there, it flows north through Walnut Bottom, before turning east into Cumberland Valley. Recommended stream levels for boating are between 1.4-2.0. It was a rather awful feeling, more scary than painful, but no permanent damage was done, just some soreness. The water retaining ability of this creek make it unique. Below are weather averages from 1971 to 2000 according to data gathered from the nearest official weather station. Flooding information: The action level is 6 feet. 11: A number of homes along the entire length of Yellow Breeches Creek are affected by high water. Title: USGS Current Conditions for Pennsylvania The location and details for each official access point is provided. I usually bump up against it on the right, line my boat down and then climb over the rocks. Those 2 weeks certainly won’t exclude all fishermen encounters. Mountain Creek starts in the South Mountain Range and Michaux State Forest and flows through them and Pine Grove Furnace State Park.After leaving the state park, the stream runs through Toland and the Holly Gap Marsh Preserve. Page Last Modified: 2020-12-21 14:26:42 EST At 219 square miles of water shed the Breeches ranks as a medium sized stream. It took Jim a little bit of looking around to gain his bearings as we cruised past the lake. Sam Dean Photography, provided by Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau You’ll encounter at least 8 bridges (there are so many I’ve lost count) including some you won’t fit under, and many fences – sometimes just wires. I could actually feel my larynx collapse and spring back. Tubing/Kayaking on the Yellow Breeches Creek, Dillsburg, Pennsylvania. Dec. 23rd). It may sound hairy but it’s not, I’ve done it twice with my toddler son in the boat. Fishers Run, Dogwood Run, Mountain Creek and Spruce Run are the major ones. Hence, Yellow Breeches creek. Next month we’ll continue down the creek to the mouth. CCGH is lucky to have the Yellow Breeches as a local paddling resource. I didn’t know that the fish commission had just completed a winter stocking and anglers were out to snatch up the fresh supply of fish. An interactive map tour of the Yellow Breeches Creek Water Trail. It originates in Michaux State Forest in a series of three tiny brooks draining from South Mountain just south of Walnut Bottom, runs generally west to east some fifty miles emptying into the Susquehanna River at New Cumberland, PA. 10 We rolled into Boiling Springs still telling lies and missed the turn to the parking area for the headwaters of the fly fishing only section. Yellow Breeches Creek Rivers Conservation Plan A-3 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The PA DEP Title 25, Chapter 93, Water Quality Standards protected use for the Yellow Breeches Creek is for High-Quality Cold Water Fishes (HQ-CWF). 10.5: Flood waters begin to reach the Green Lane Drive Bridge. This first dam is runable, it drops no more than 2 feet. We like it just fine and love to visit it via canoe. The Yellow Breeches Creek originates on South Mountain, in Michaux State For-est, Cumberland County, near Walnut Bottom. All. At one point, already out of the boat to carry a strainer, I walked an additional 100 yards to get below 2 wading fishermen. National Water Information System: Web Interface, Add up to 2 more sites and replot for "Discharge, cubic feet per second", Add up to 2 more sites and replot for "Gage height, feet", Accessibility Meadows and farm fields with some back yards border the creek. Yellow Breeches Creek (part 2) River of the month #87. author: Pat Reilly date: March 2006 Continuing with our discussion of the Yellow Breeches started last month. The hatchery is built over 9 large springs, so shortly below the hatchery, when its waters swell the flow of the creek, the Yellow Breeches becomes predominately a spring creek and remains that way to its mouth. Yellow Breeches Creek (part 1) River of the month #86. author: Pat Reilly date: February 2006. Find us on Google Maps! The National Weather Service's flood warning continues for the Yellow Breeches Creek, the Conodoguinet Creek and the Susquehanna River in Central Pa. as of 7 p.m. The next is maybe 3 feet high and filled with riprap on the downstream side making a very rocky drop. It doesn’t take much to flood this section and allow you to paddle through the trees. It is a gem. STATION.--01571500 YELLOW BREECHES CREEK NEAR CAMP HILL, PA LOCATION.--Lat 40`13'29", long 76`53'54", Cumberland County, Hydrologic Unit 02050305, on left bank 50 ft downstream from single-span highway bridge on Green Lane Drive, 1.0 mi … When I paddled up here one of my worst fence fears came true. The mainstem of the Yellow Breeches is some 49 miles My uppermost put-in was 5 miles below Walnut Bottom at the Huntsdale fish hatchery. Actually, it’s 52 degrees year around - cold in the summer but rather warm in the winter. The creek used to (and still may) rank as one of the top 40 trout streams in the whole USA. 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