VIDEO | $4 million whitewater playboating park below Holtwood Dam tested, about to open to public

 

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Spillway for the Holtwood Whitewater Park

Spillway for the Holtwood Whitewater Park – Photo © visitpadutchcountry.com

This will be a great draw for the area – as were the existing features destroyed by the dam expansion – and the possibility of having world class playboating events hosted at the site is exciting. The one question I have is: Do you get to put in at the top of the shoot or is it only safe to use the area at river level? I think this is a question that will be answered when I head out there soon to do some photography.

If the lower Susquehanna had avoided the construction of the four dams that exist between York Haven and the Conowingo and the permanent raising of water levels they necessitated it would be one of the premier outdoor destinations in the country due its unique geology, history and natural beauty. Projects like this one, and the recreational opportunities created by the artificial lakes along its course, are needed to make up for the permanent loss of billions in tourism based economic benefits that would have accrued to the region with the rise of modern outdoor sports culture.

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