[DIY] Guide to Fly Fishing the Little Juniata River

The Little Juniata River, a 35 mile tributary of Juniata River, begins humbly in Altoona when several small streams merge. Known locally as the “Little J” or simply the “J,” the river flows northeast from Altoona through the Logan Valley. This part of the river is a freestone fishery for predominantly stocked trout, but that changes quickly when the Little J bends sharply southeast at the town of Tyrone.

Below Tyrone, the Little Juniata flows against high limestone cliffs and receives in-flows from dozens of large limestone springs which cool the river and add nutrients. The river’s deep, chalky-green pools and numerous riffles create the perfect environments to grow truly large trout.

The Little Juniata River is a beautiful river, dotted with hand-cut stone railroad arches. But it becomes particularly scenic below Spruce Creek’s convergence, as it flows through the roadless “gorge” section within Rothrock State Forest.

Little Juniata River Fishing Map

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Twentymile Creek-1: 42.260300, -79.781410
Twentymile Creek-2: 42.239820, -79.772420
Twentymile Creek-3: 42.239820, -79.772420
Sixteenmile Creek: 42.240970, -79.833040
Twelvemile Creek: 42.211110, -79.915220
Cascade Creek-1: 42.125550, -80.110500
Cascade Creek-2: 42.118520, -80.117890
Presque Isle: 42.147710, -80.129730
Walnut Creek-1: 42.075310, -80.238110
Walnut Creek-2: 42.065940, -80.228800
Walnut Creek-3: 42.056210, -80.223860
Walnut Creek-4: 42.046970, -80.171950
Walnut Creek-5: 42.056310, -80.142810
Trout Run: 42.058510, -80.272520
Godfrey Run: 42.043830, -80.310210
Elk Creek-1: 42.020950, -80.374670
Elk Creek-2: 42.020060, -80.368090
Elk Creek-3: 42.007150, -80.353200
Elk Creek-4: 42.007150, -80.353200
Elk Creek-5: 42.007150, -80.353200
Elk Creek-6: 41.998200, -80.336530
Elk Creek-7: 41.998200, -80.336530
Elk Creek-8: 41.991790, -80.318810
Elk Creek-9: 41.991790, -80.318810
Elk Creek-10: 41.991790, -80.318810
Elk Creek-11: 41.993160, -80.218560
Elk Creek-12: 41.997110, -80.199450
Elk Creek-13: 42.004380, -80.202600
Elk Creek-14: 42.003700, -80.189260
Elk Creek-15: 42.002740, -80.174050
Elk Creek-16: 41.997260, -80.163780
Elk Creek-17: 42.002510, -80.143040
Crooked Creek-1: 41.994120, -80.419530
Crooked Creek-2: 41.994120, -80.419530
Crooked Creek-3: 41.983490, -80.401950
Crooked Creek-4: 41.983490, -80.401950
Crooked Creek-5: 41.983490, -80.401950
Raccoon Creek-1: 41.989430, -80.480680
Raccoon Creek-2: 41.976400, -80.472230
Raccoon Creek-3: 41.967970, -80.462930
East Branch Conneaut Creek, PA: 41.894380, -80.370240
West Branch Conneaut Creek, PA: 41.867760, -80.471080
Turkey Creek: 41.965110, -80.510600
Lehigh River (Glen Onoko Access): 40.883632, -75.760161
Lehigh River (Jim Thorpe Access): 40.865223, -75.735210
Lehigh River (Walnutport Access): 40.750030, -75.600513
Lehigh River (Treichlers Bridge Access): 40.733268, -75.539454
Lehigh River (Laury's Station Access): 40.713644, -75.523693
Lehigh River (Gaging Station Access): 41.102379, -75.737900
Lehigh River (White Haven - I-80 Bridge): 41.059209, -75.772282
Lehigh River (Tannery Access): 41.038788, -75.760246
Lehigh River (Hayes Creek Access): 41.034760, -75.743652
Lehigh River (Leslie Run Access): 40.994897, -75.734897
Lehigh River (Rockport Access): 40.966579, -75.755013
Lehigh River (Packerton Yards Access): 40.851963, -75.710609
Lehigh River (Dunbars Access): 40.834213, -75.702583
Lehigh River (Lehighton Sewer Plant): 40.823025, -75.696770
Lehigh River (Pohopoco Creek Access): 40.815872, -75.672852
Lehigh River (Bowmanstown - Rt 895 Bridge): 40.798771, -75.670181
Lehigh River (Bowmanstown Boat Ramp): 40.792419, -75.657120
Lehigh River (Bowmanstown - End of the Road): 40.789631, -75.653252
Lehigh River (Palmerton Horseshoe): 40.796570, -75.619682
Lehigh River (Lehigh Gap Access): 40.782043, -75.606995
Lehigh River (Szokes Access): 40.778591, -75.607567
Spruce Creek (C&R): 40.620209, -78.125359
Yellow Breeches Creek (C&R): 40.147842, -77.123955
Conowago Creek (CRFFO): 39.904667, -77.255600
Yellow Creek (CRFFO): 40.150421, -78.337166
Muddy Creek (CRFFO): 39.798306, -76.435669
Big Spring Creek (CRFFO): 40.133530, -77.408272
Green Spring Creek (CRFFO): 40.167658, -77.455455
Falling Springs Branch (CRFFO): 39.907205, -77.612767
Clark's Creek (CRFFO): 40.424458, -76.851318
Letort Spring Run (CRFFO): 40.175957, -77.186028
East Branch Antietam Creek (CRFFO): 39.741531, -77.562187
Little Juniata River (CRAT): 40.612152, -78.139725
Honey Creek (DHALO): 40.748817, -77.409157
Little Juniata River (DHALO): 40.613171, -78.315483
Falling Spring Branch (DHALO): 39.938705, -77.647438
Quittapahilla Creek (DHALO): 40.327801, -76.504562
Manada Creek (DHALO): 40.395039, -76.709557
Wiconisco Creek (DHALO): 40.533512, -76.938965
Cove Creek (DHALO): 39.837608, -78.049110
East Licking Creek (DHALO): 40.513020, -77.596001
Stony Creek (ATWOYR): 40.413429, -76.787865
Mountain Creek (ATWOYR): 40.003281, -77.352737
Codorus Creek, South Branch (ATWOYR): 39.820007, -76.760056
Shaeffer Run (WBTEP): 40.260860, -77.560646
Codorus Creek (TT): 39.821953, -76.887520
Kaercher Creek Dam (ATWOYR): 40.560978, -75.963165
French Creek (CRFFO): 40.150799, -75.628082
Ridley Creek (CRFFO): 39.945663, -75.422134
Donegal Creek (CRFFO): 40.061436, -76.530632
Octoraro Creek, West Branch (CRFFO): 39.859154, -76.105042
Little Lehigh (CRFFO): 40.532802, -75.535261
Little Lehigh Heritage Section (CRFFO): 40.565015, -75.506298
Bushkill Creek (C&R): 40.700619, -75.231628
Tulpehocken Creek (DHALO): 40.374264, -76.007820
Brandywine Creek, East Branch (DHALO): 40.039688, -75.706810
Pickering Creek (DHALO): 40.100231, -75.543945
White Clay Creek, Middle Branch (DHALO): 39.762302, -75.784294
West Valley Creek (DHALO): 40.005775, -75.666451
Bear Creek (DHALO): 40.584339, -76.141647
Little Schuykill River (DHALO): 40.686539, -76.002220
Monocacy Creek (TT): 40.653717, -75.380844
Saucon Creek (TT): 40.599072, -75.347162
Valley Creek (CRAT): 40.085931, -75.452202
Slippery Rock Creek (CRFFO): 40.904011, -80.224869
Caldwell Creek (CRFFO): 41.668410, -79.598099
Little Sandy Creek (CRFFO): 41.370785, -79.923004
Oil Creek (DHALO): 41.615599, -79.658383
East Hickory Creek (DHALO): 41.610944, -79.368815
Cool Spring Creek (DHALO): 41.225304, -80.216881
Neshannock Creek (DHALO): 41.113071, -80.257020
Piney Creek (DHALO): 41.127892, -79.320213
Oil Creek (DHALO): 41.514507, -79.681519
Shenango River: 41.264839, -80.463524
West Branch Caldwell Creek (C&R): 41.694576, -79.570969
Tionesta Creek (ATWOYR): 41.478741, -79.443665
Little Chartiers Creek: 40.276202, -80.139140
Youghiogheny River (lake to Casselman): 39.803921, -79.367981
Youghiogheny River (Casselman to Ramcat): 39.826797, -79.375107
Dunbar (CRFFO): 39.932161, -79.588061
Little Mahoning Creek (CRFFO): 40.825665, -78.971031
Clear Shade Creek (CRFFO): 40.153000, -78.780838
Meadow Run (DHALO): 39.862450, -79.494751
Dutch Fork Creek (DHALO): 40.121368, -80.474304
Pike Run (DHALO): 40.067608, -79.923004
Chest Creek (DHALO): 40.661806, -78.664426
Buffalo Creek (DHALO): 40.866040, -79.695356
Laurel Hill Creek Upper (DHALO): 40.008410, -79.232582
Laurel Hill Creek Lower (DHALO): 39.858776, -79.320412
Loyalhanna Creek (DHALO): 40.246420, -79.246208
Bull Creek (DHALO): 40.659210, -79.808937
Pine Creek (DHALO): 40.569605, -79.979932
Deer Creek (DHALO): 40.605350, -79.887901
Indian Creek (DHALO): 40.089088, -79.335838
Camp Run (WBTE): 40.095600, -79.327372
Youghiogheny River (ATTT): 39.826270, -79.378861
Tom's Creek (C&R): 41.126160, -74.954651
Bush Kill (CRFFO): 41.110721, -75.093870
Dyberry Creek (CRFFO): 41.648743, -75.276619
Bowman Creek (CRFFO): 41.473569, -75.990272
Towanda Creek (DHALO): 41.698536, -76.612732
Mud Run (DHALO): 41.006780, -75.635463
South Branch Tunkhannock Creek (DHALO): 41.559559, -75.770927
Harveys Creek (DHALO): 41.263962, -76.034927
Nescopeck Creek (DHALO): 41.083622, -75.875961
McMichael Creek (Glenbrook Road): 40.967278, -75.218274
Tobyhanna Creek (DHALO): 41.139093, -75.481954
Dingmans Creek (DHALO): 41.229246, -74.887206
Salt Lick Creek (DHALO): 41.913499, -75.733723
West Branch Wallenpaupack Creek (DHALO): 41.377983, -75.418098
Lackawanna River (TT): 41.487556, -75.541896
Jeans Run (WBTEP): 40.895477, -75.785408
Kistler Run Watershed (WBTEP): 41.135401, -75.477851
Wolf Swamp Run Watershed (WBTEP): 41.047195, -75.394021
Mehoopany Creek (ATWOYR): 41.529054, -76.126861
Sugar Run (ATWOYR): 41.628758, -76.279295
Roaring Brook (C&R): 41.340229, -75.515258
Hickory Run (C&R): 41.024181, -75.710182
Fishing Creek (C&R): 40.987682, -77.504689
Rauchtown Creek (C&R): 41.096493, -77.238693
Cherry Run (C&R): 41.147636, -77.426147
Hunts Run (C&R): 41.453857, -78.177597
Gray's Run (C&R): 41.460934, -77.018150
Young Womans Creek (C&R): 41.378868, -77.695999
Cross Fork (C&R): 41.495720, -77.821655
Penns Creek (C&R): 40.834999, -77.405144
White Deer Creek (CRFFO): 41.028671, -77.125397
Kettle Creek (CRFFO): 41.499676, -77.771187
Red Bank Creek (CRFFO): 41.168819, -79.074806
Spring Creek (CRFFO): 40.883602, -77.790115
Driftwood Branch Sinnemahoning Creek (CRFFO): 41.512642, -78.250168
West Branch Clarion River (CRFFO): 41.542088, -78.681892
Slate Run (CRFFO): 41.471382, -77.505325
Francis Branch Tributary (CRFFO): 41.550472, -77.554550
Marvin Creek (CRFFO): 41.788464, -78.485809
Black Moshannon Creek (DHALO): 40.938351, -78.061211
First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek (DHALO): 41.495209, -78.044640
Big Mill Creek (DHALO): 41.455143, -78.787766
Allegheny River (DHALO): 41.827492, -77.955292
Pine Creek (DHALO): 41.471481, -77.501595
Clarion River, East Branch (DHALO): 41.557343, -78.595673
Pine Creek (DHALO): 41.726682, -77.435468
Little Clearfield Creek (DHALO): 40.925186, -78.480408
Sandy Lick Creek (DHALO): 41.118935, -78.730949
Little Pine Creek (DHALO): 41.405334, -77.335083
Muncy Creek (DHALO): 41.294704, -76.691391
West Branch Tunungwant Creek (DHALO): 41.946087, -78.670006
Kinzua Creek (DHALO): 41.762222, -78.735237
Loyalsock Creek (DHALO): 41.405720, -76.755119
Middle Creek (DHALO): 40.774498, -77.183594
Lycoming Creek (DHALO): 41.337315, -77.087242
Fishing Creek (TT): 40.980141, -77.482300
Lick Run (TT): 41.014069, -77.651154
Tunungwant Creek, East Branch - TT: 41.872948, -78.655884
Cedar Run (TT): 41.527859, -77.448120
Penns Creek (ATTT): 40.829659, -77.415207
Straight Creek (ATWOYR): 41.590252, -78.524734
Laurel Run (ATWOYR): 41.200035, -78.506523
West Creek (ATWOYR): 41.485531, -78.439339
Meade Run (ATWOYR): 41.750313, -78.809052
Clarion River (CRAT): 41.486336, -78.678162
Spring Creek (CRAT): 40.878021, -77.788696
Tulpehocken Creek (ATWOYR): 40.363289, -75.968399
Allegheny Portage Creek, PA: 41.805279, -78.279442
Allwine Creek, PA: 40.270279, -79.005554
Amos Branch, PA: 41.224167, -78.030281
Appenzell Creek, PA: 40.956390, -75.284447
Apple Tree Hollow, PA: 41.567501, -77.558060
Aquashicola Creek, PA: 40.850800, -75.366940
Arnold Creek, PA: 41.278610, -76.191666
Arnold Creek (2), PA: 41.278600, -76.191910
Ash Creek, PA: 41.215832, -75.550278
Aughanbaugh Run, PA: 41.171665, -77.264725
Baker Branch, PA: 41.815834, -77.521111
Baldwin Branch, PA: 41.471287, -77.572395
Baldwin Run, PA: 41.791229, -77.306625
Balliet Run, PA: 41.074165, -76.019722
Bar Bottom Hollow, PA: 41.366943, -76.864723
Barney Run, PA: 41.307777, -77.801582
Bear Creek, PA: 40.590832, -76.116386
Bear Run, PA: 40.985382, -77.487297
Bear Run (2), PA: 41.454723, -77.268059
Bear Run (3), PA: 41.288956, -79.677483
Beaver Creek, PA: 40.720554, -76.017502
Beaver Run, PA: 40.225834, -75.852219
Beaver Run (2), PA: 41.890835, -79.739166
Beaverdam Run, PA: 41.391666, -77.924446
Beech Run, PA: 41.648888, -77.964447
Bell Draft, PA: 41.362130, -78.319060
Benjamin Run, PA: 41.236942, -77.669724
Benner Run, PA: 40.956390, -78.039719
Bens Creek, PA: 40.401112, -78.633614
Berge Run, PA: 41.479710, -78.046940
Beth Run, PA: 41.360558, -76.163612
Bieber Creek, PA: 40.413993, -75.761047
Big Cedar Run, PA: 40.325001, -78.638336
Big Fill Run, PA: 40.713612, -78.186111
Big Moores Run, PA: 41.705210, -77.976100
Big Moores Run (2), PA: 41.631130, -78.000190
Big Rift Creek, PA: 41.868889, -77.121666
Big Run, PA: 41.203609, -77.161392
Big Spring Branch, PA: 41.488335, -77.648056
Big Spring Creek, PA: 40.135804, -77.406287
Big Spring Creek (2), PA: 40.149150, -77.406670
Big Wapwallopen Creek, PA: 41.058056, -77.069725
Billings Branch, PA: 41.628887, -77.548058
Birch Run, PA: 41.557499, -77.949165

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Little Juniata River Tyrone to Petersburg, PA

The Juniata River flows 13.5 miles south from Tyrone to Petersburg passing through a narrows with high limestone cliffs. By eastern standards the Little Juniata is a large limestone river, ranging from 30 to 60 feet wide with a moderate drop of 15 feet per mile. The Little Juniata is characterized by riffles and moderate fast water with many pools up to 100 yards long. The river reach from Tyrone to Petersburg is regulated as All Tackle Catch and Release.

Little Juniata River All Tackle Catch and Release

The 13.5 miles of the Little Juniata River, from the bridge at Ironville to its confluence with the Frankstown Branch near Petersburg, is regulated as All Tackle Catch and Release. This special protection ensures that the river’s wild brown trout are able to thrive and attain proportions that are uncommon in the Northeastern U.S.

Little Juniata River Brown Trout Stocking

In addition to the wild trout, Pennsylvania stocks 30,000 brown trout fingerlings into the river each year. But these fish quickly adapt to their surroundings and by the time they reach 10 to 12 inches (average size), it’s impossible to differentiate between the truly wild trout and the newly “wild” stocked fish.

Little Juniata River Access

The Little Juniata is easily accessible by PA-453 and secondary paved roads from Tyrone to the confluence of Spruce Creek. Parking is available at numerous road-side pull-offs. From Spruce Creek to Barree the Little Juniata flows through the Barree Gorge in Rothrock State Forest and is only accessible by walking trails. Note, the first mile below Spruce Creek is private property and posted on both sides of the river. This reach of river is open to the public provided you keep your feet wet. From Barree to Petersburg the river is again accessible by secondary paved roads.

Little Juniata River Flow USGS Gauge

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