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Milton to Lewisburg

By far the easiest stretch to paddle along the West Branch of the Susquehanna, this 4.1 mile easy paddle from Milton to Lewisburg not suitable for alot of motorized boats, but ideal for beginning or casual paddlers. From the Milton Launch, shoot toward the railroad bridge along the right side. Just beyond the tip of the Milton State Park island, paddle to the right side of the river and toward the railroad tracks – this avoids the Milton Water Treatment Plant on the left-hand side. As the river bends, get to the center in order to view the three church steeples in Lewisburg. As the Lewisburg Bridge comes into sight, paddle to the right side in order to venture through some islands. Keep right of the islands and skirt into a simple maze. Make sure to stay left to ensure proper water level and through access. Continue middle left and toward the bridge. Just before the bridge, try to paddle between the small islands on the right-hand side and explore some eddies and pools. Exit the twists just before the bridge. After the bridge, make sure to stay to the right for the docking point. There is an old dam and then a pipe underwater, so pay attention to proper access points depending on the water level. There will always be an easy access over these objects. The docking point is partially hidden along the righthand shoreline and immediately after a string of houses. In season, this route always includes the sighting of at least one osprey, heron, or bald eagle. There is also good fishing at the Milton State Park launch and again beneath the Lewisburg Bridge.

Water Safety

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Image Credit: John Zangari-Ryan