Paddle Notes

Suggested Trip

Thoughts on Reclaiming the Susquehanna: A Paddle from Highspire to Goldsboro

The Highspire to Goldsboro section of the middle Susquehanna combines both natural and manmade sights to provide a scenic afternoon tour for paddlers of any level.

October 16, 2019

A Bicycle Tour in the Susquehanna National Heritage Area

It is easy to see how this Susquehanna region came to be a National Heritage Area. With its unique geology, Native American heritage, and history of lumbering, iron manufacturing, and railroads, it is the perfect candidate.

October 8, 2019

Suggested Trip

West Branch of the Susquehanna Float Adventure: Great Island at Lock Haven to Pine Access

The August evening float was relaxing and delightful. The water was clear with a few riffles. We saw numerous birds, floated under four bridges, and enjoyed the beautiful lighting of early evening on a clean, clear waterway.

September 20, 2019

Suggested Trip

Camp Hill to Highspire – Hidden Gem of the Susquehanna River

Whether you are looking for a short, easy to navigate trip, or want to spend the day afloat, both are possible in this one section of the Susquehanna. Plus, there are numerous islands to explore, and it’s within minutes of almost anywhere in Pennsylvania’s Capital Region!

September 19, 2019

Suggested Trip

The Swatara Water Trail: A Paddler’s Backyard Gem

The Swatara Creek, known locally as “the Swattie,” is often lost in the shadow of the much larger Susquehanna River. But if you are looking for a diverse and easy-to-access paddling adventure, you will find this little package offers big potential.

September 17, 2019

Suggested Trip

A Bird Watcher’s Float of the Susquehanna’s Serene West Branch

We saw numerous birds including four bald eagles (majestic!), several hawks (accipiter, I believe), numerous waterfowl including mallard, black, teal, and wood ducks, along with great blue heron, green heron, killdeer, plovers, a couple of bitterns and several kingfishers.

September 17, 2019

Top Places For

Instagrammable places in the Chesapeake Watershed

Where are some of the photographic places in the Chesapeake Watershed? Take a look at this first installment in the instagrammable places series to find out!

July 11, 2019

In-Depth

Finding a Susquehanna Sanctuary

In this one place you can fish, hike, camp, birdwatch, explore, or learn about important local history. It’s easy to access and also easy to become immersed in its splendor, escaping the chaos of modern society.

June 20, 2019

From Our Partners

Canoeing and Kayaking Pennsylvania's Scenic Waterways in the Age of Climate Change

Being aware of river conditions has never been so important when going out on the water. Learn about the most common things you should pay attention to when planning a paddle.

May 31, 2019

From the Field

Birding at Susquehanna State Park

Near the end of the Susquehanna River, just north of downtown Havre De Grace, MD, sits a pristine, 2639-acre park. Within this park, a wide variety of habitat as well as the funneling effect the river causes to bird migration, makes this spot an incredible location for one of America’s favorite hobbies, birding

July 24, 2017

Chesapeake Insider

Leo Vensel

Leo Vensel is a fly fishing guide in Southwest Pennsylvania, focusing mainly on wild trout on the Little Juniata River.

May 29, 2017

In-Depth

Warm air masks coldwater dangers for paddlers

If you are determined to hit the water, don’t act on impulse. Plan ahead. Investigate a full range of safety gear and, most importantly, test it in the water, close to shore, with others present.

April 24, 2017

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