Oswayo Creek: Shinglehouse to Toll Gate is a 12.8 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Shinglehouse, Pennsylvania that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for birding and canoeing and is accessible from March until May.
We put in at Assembly Park in Shinglehouse on the day after a tremendous rain in May. The creek was running very high that day. We got into trouble soon after the put-in, finding ourselves pinned up against a mud bank with a strong current in a tight turn. We were questioning whether this was going to be a paddle-able stream at that point! But the rest of the paddle was manageable and we had a fantastic day on the water. We encountered some immature barn owls sitting on a branch over the water, lots of herons and a number of bald eagles, the usual waterfowl and (best of all) no humans. We took out at Riverhurst Park in Portville (Seek permission, it's a private campground. The owner is very nice.). We paddled this creek in a tandem kayak and are experienced river paddlers.