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Watsontown to Milton State Park

This is an easy approximate 4.5 mile stretch with a couple of options for your put-in at Watsontown. You can use the Watsontown Borough access just below the beautiful White Deer bridge, which is a hand carry to the river with plenty of parking and flush toilet restrooms at the lower end of the borough park. The other choice is about 500 yards or so downriver.  This access is a Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) Access with a ramp, however, the restroom is a porta-potty and parking is somewhat limited. Both access locations are close to town with the borough access being right downtown. The entire trip is a gentle flow except you will feel an increase in the speed of the river at the two large Islands at the end of the float which is actually Milton State Park. To get to the take-out, go between the two islands.  The take-out will be on your right under the Mahoning Street bridge. It is a paved ramp take-out leading to a grassy area and ample gravel parking lot in the park.

Water Safety

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Image Credit: Virgil Chambers