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Paddle Notes

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Top Places for Trout Fishing in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

The innumerable small creeks and streams that spider through the Bay’s 64,000-mile watershed are tailored made for fly fishing due to their intimacy and solitude.

December 9, 2021

Suggested Trip

Beginning of the Chesapeake Bay - A Journey to Cooperstown

This small creek is the very beginning of the mainstem of the Susquehanna River that will travel some 444 miles south, growing in width, depth and velocity, joining with hundreds of tributaries to eventually feed into the Chesapeake Bay.

March 23, 2021

Featured Photo

Photographing the Conowingo Eagles

It is early March and eaglets are hatching along the Susquehanna and Chesapeake Bay region.

March 12, 2021

Chesapeake Insider

Deanna Mitchell

As the current superintendent of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park, Deanna Mitchell is dedicated to ensuring that the rich history of the Eastern Shore is not forgotten, and that the African American heritage of the region is not only recorded, but also cherished.

February 26, 2021

Off The Beaten Path

Voices in the Susquehanna Rocks

While the original people that once cared for and relied upon this beautiful landscape might no longer be here to tell us their story, their ancient messages can still be understood through the timeless pictures they etched in stone.

February 24, 2020

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

Suggested Trip

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

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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

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