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I saw this story in the Ellwood City Ledger, and thought our readers might be interested…

The Connoquenessing Creek rapids between Ellport and Rock Point are challenging even for accomplished canoe paddlers like Dave McQuaid.

But fording – the term for pulling a boat out of the water and traveling over land – is potentially worse, he said as he gestured toward the vegetation that has overgrown trees along the shoreline near Rock Point in Wayne Township.

"You can either run it or get poison ivy," he said as he cut his canoe through the calm waters beyond the Class 2 and 3 rapids.

A century ago, Rock Point was a bustling amusement park, built by local railroad magnates so Pittsburgh residents would have a reason to use the train on weekends.

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