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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

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


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


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

Suggested Trip

Susquehanna petroglyphs find a home near their original site

Five fragmented stones, with shallow carvings made by American Indians, were given a new home this spring at Susquehanna State Park in Havre de Grace, MD. Their arrival at the park is a reunion of sorts, but not for the stones themselves.

October 10, 2016

Suggested Trip

This river rocks! High adventures abound on the Lower Susquehanna

The river and its rocks are a fun, scenic introduction to the lower Susquehanna. A few stops over a weekend visit will have visitors trekking and paddling through small towns, forests and farmland.

August 8, 2016

Chesapeake Insider

Sid Jamieson

Recently retired lacrosse coach for Bucknell University, Sid Jamieson is Haudenosaunee, the six-nation Iroquois Confederacy, and lives on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River.

July 7, 2016

From the Field

The Two Faces of Shikellamy State Park

Named after the famous Iroquois Chief Shikellamy, Shikellamy State Park provides access to hiking, biking, picnicking and many other activities. Follow Margaret as she explores the two very different ways in which Shikellamy State Park shows visitors a Susquehanna experience.

June 16, 2015

From the Field

Petroglyphs On The Mighty Susquehanna

Petroglyphs created as long as 1,000 years ago or more remain on more than 20 miles of the lower Susquehanna River between Harrisburg PA and northern Maryland. Take a tour with Paul Nevin through Shank’s Mare Outfitters south of Wrightsville, PA.

May 21, 2015