Clarion Wild and Scenic River

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Clarion River is a designated Wild and Scenic River for 51.7 miles, from the border of the ANF/State Game Lands Number 44 boundary to an unnamed tributary at the backwaters of Piney Dam.

The steeply forested hillsides of almost continuous mature deciduous and coniferous vegetation contribute to a feeling of remoteness in many places along the river.

Paddlers on the river will find that the water changes from smooth to riffling as the river flows over and around large boulders.  In the section of river between Arroyo Bridge and Irwin Run paddlers will find several of the riffles.

The Clarion is a tributary to the Allegheny Wild and Scenic River, joining it in Clarion County, just south of the town of Emlenton.  In the early 1800's the Clarion was used to transport timber to the Allegheny River.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: The restrooms at: Irwin Run Canoe Launch, Millstone Canoe Launch, and Robin Island Canoe Launch are closed.
Rentals & Guides:
  • Cook Forest Canoe Rental
  • Lazy River Canoe Rental
  • Country Squirrel Outfitters
Permit Info: PA State Fish And Boat canoe permit required.
Restrictions: As a visitor to the National Forest, you are asked to follow certain rules designed to protect the Forest, natural resources and to provide for public safety of visitors. These rules are available to you on-line or at any office of the Allegheny National Forest. Please take time to read and understand them. General Topic orders apply across the Forest. Applicable Orders for this Site:
  • Boating Regulations
Closest Towns: Ridgeway, Clarion, Buehler Corner, Hallton, Belltown, Cooksburg
Information Center: Marienville Ranger District
Address: 131 Smokey Lane Marienville, PA 16239
Phone: 1-814-927-6628 Email:  

General Information


From Ridgway

  • Travel Travel on South St. until South St. becomes PA-949 S/State St.
  • Continue to follow PA-949 for 5.6 miles to the site

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Camping & Cabins

Hide detail HIDE

Campground Camping

Clarion River Campsites

Twenty-six primitive campsites stretch from Irwin Run to Millstone Creek along the Clarion Wild & Scenic River. Campsites can be accessed by River Road and FR 132.

Camping includes 17 sites along the Clarion River and 9 sites on Millstone Creek.

There is hardened parking at each numbered site and a rock fire ring. Information signs are located at Irwin Run Canoe Launch, Robin Island, and Millstone Canoe Launch.

Camping permitted at numbered sites only.

All sites are first come, first served.

Areas for Campground Camping at Clarion Wild and Scenic River


Show detail SHOW


Show detail SHOW

Water Activities

Show detail SHOW

Winter Sports

Show detail SHOW
Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 

  Latitude : 

  Longitude :