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Historic Conowingo Reservoir Loop Paddle

This paddle is located between the Holtwood Dam and the Conowingo Dam in Maryland. It will take you between several of the islands in the lower Susquehanna that you can spend the say exploring!

The launch point at Lock 15 is one of 29 locks that controls the waterflow between Wrightsville, Pennsylvania and Havre de Grace, Maryland. Paddle between and around the various islands in the River, or pull-out and explore them. You will paddle past Susquehannock State Park where you can also take a break and explore the park. 

In addition to the history, you can also explore the petroglyphs on the rocks in the river. These rock carvings are about 1000 years old and are best seen when wet and then the sun is at a low angle. 

To read more about this itinerary, visit Susquehanna Greenway.


  • Powerboats and jet skis
  • Submerged rocks
  • Release of whitewater from the Holtwood dam and high flow events

*Be sure to check water conditions before paddling

This launch site has parking, restrooms, and picnic tables. 

Nearest Hospitals:

Jennersville Hospital
1015 W Baltimore Pike
West Grove, PA 19390
(610) 869-1000

WellSpan York Hospital
1001 S George St
York, PA 17403
(717) 851-2345


Main image: Derek Ramsey / Wikimedia