The Yellow Breeches is a well-known waterway for fly-fishing enthusiasts yet accessible for beginners as well. The well-stocked fishery winds its way through a limestone-rich region before emptying into the Susquehanna River. Long, shady pools are common along the water trail, with gentle riffles and the occasional dam. The Yellow Breeches is designated as a Pennsylvania Scenic Waterway.
NOTE: Temporarily closed due to improvement projects at Children's Lake. Improvements include a new dam, spillway and retaining wall, new boat launch and an ADA-accessible fishing pier. Expected opening: summer 2023. "The Run" is a short section of the Yellow Breeches Creek that serves as the outflow to Children's Lake. This heavily-stocked area is flush with fish and a popular spot to cast a line, running alongside a historic 1700s-era ironworks structure. The Run flows into the main stem of the Yellow Breeches Creek, making this area popular starting point for anglers looking to fish the stocked Children’s Lake or the challenging waters of the main stem. The Run and the main creek below operate under the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's catch-and-release, artificial lures only regulations.
Fly-fishing enthusiasts will be surrounded in tradition as they fish the Yellow Breeches near the Orvis-endorsed lodge and education center. This serene space is well-stocked and steeped in history. Did you know? Relatives of American Folk Legend, Davy Crockett chose this beautiful space to build a family home in the late 1700s.
New Cumberland Borough Park is a 29-acre park with Yellow Breeches Creek access for fishing. Heavily stocked in the early spring, this widest and deepest section of the Yellow Breeches is popular for anglers through the early summer. Any kayakers entering the park from points upstream should exit the creek on the left upon entering the park to avoid the dam. Park amenities include ball fields, playground equipment, restrooms, picnic tables/pavilions and benches. A great spot for the whole family!