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Quiet Paddle in Central Pennsylvania

This calm, quiet stretch of river is great for beginners and those wishing to try out Stand-up paddle boarding. Leisurely paddle downstream in the last miles of the Northern Susquehanna while viewing wildlife and history along the banks.

As you paddle south, you can see Fort McClure on your right, which was was stockaded and provided 1security and shelter for residents in the late 1700s.

Around mile 146 you will see the abandoned Reading Railroad Bridge and this is where the remanents of the North Branch Canal begin. Down to mile 139, you will be able to see the remaining structures of canal locks, the towpath, and aqueducts.

All along this route, you will be able to see wildlife on both sides of the river. Be on the lookout for bald eagles, herons, waterfowl, beaver, and river otters, among others.

*Note: All islands along this route are privately owned, so please do not stop on them.

To read more about this itinerary, visit Susquehanna Greenway.

Water Safety

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Image Credit: Nicholas A. Tonelli