LEHIGH RIVER 

The LCFA focuses on the section of the Lehigh river which runs from the outflow of the Francis Walter Dam to the Delaware River.  This section has three main sections and each with its own characteristics.  

FEW Dam to Jim Thorpe

Few rivers in the eastern US can match the beauty and ruggedness of this section of the river. It contains the highest gradient drop as it cuts down through the Allegheny plateau. The entire river in this section runs through the Lehigh Gorge State Park. Access is found at various points, but the D&L train gives access to those that want more solitude & a wilderness experience not found elsewhere. Wading can be extremely difficult in most locations, with slow deep pools broken by runs of class II and class III whitewater. This environment creates a natural mechanism to highly aerate the water allowing for improved oxygen levels which are extremely valuable to the wild trout population.  While its mostly a put and take fishery just below the outflow of FEW, as you move downstream a number of Class A cold water tributaries help cool the water temps and also provide ideal spawning habitat for these wild trout.  

Jim Thorpe to Northampton

Few rivers in the eastern US can match the beauty and ruggedness of this section of the river. It contains the highest gradient drop as it cuts down through the Allegheny plateau. The entire river in this section runs through the Lehigh Gorge State Park. Access is found at various points, but the D&L train gives access to those that want more solitude & a wilderness experience not found elsewhere. Wading can be extremely difficult in most locations, with slow deep pools broken by runs of class II and class III whitewater. This environment creates a natural mechanism to highly aerate the water allowing for improved oxygen levels which are extremely valuable to the wild trout population.  While its mostly a put and take fishery just below the outflow of FEW, as you move downstream a number of Class A cold water tributaries help cool the water temps and also provide ideal spawning habitat for these wild trout.  

Water Levels

F.E.W. Lake level with Inflow & outflow: 

F.E.W. WATER RELEASE LEVELS

USGS River Level  Gauges: 

White Haven

Lehighton 

Walnutport

River Wading Chart:

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Mailing

PO Box 5157 - Doylestown, PA - 18901