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Itinerary:

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 day 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 when the sun is at a low angle. 

Thank you to Susquehanna Greenway for contributing to this itinerary. To read more about this paddle trip, visit Susquehanna Greenway.

Navigational hazards:

  • 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

Water Safety

Remember: safe use of rivers and any designated trails, at any time, is your responsibility! Water trail maps are for informational and interpretive purposes only and are not meant for navigational purposes, nor do they take into account level of skills or ability required to navigate rivers. The National Park Service, Chesapeake Conservancy and/or the individual trail associations assume no responsibility or liability for any injury or loss resulting directly or indirectly from the use of water trails, maps or other printed or web-based materials. Learn more about water safety.

Image Credit: Derek Ramsey / Wikimedia

Water Safety

Remember: safe use of rivers and any designated trails, at any time, is your responsibility! Water trail maps are for informational and interpretive purposes only and are not meant for navigational purposes, nor do they take into account level of skills or ability required to navigate rivers. The National Park Service, Chesapeake Conservancy and/or the individual trail associations assume no responsibility or liability for any injury or loss resulting directly or indirectly from the use of water trails, maps or other printed or web-based materials. Learn more about water safety.