NY to Hallstead: Exploring the Susquehanna’s Great Bend Sojourn

Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 10:00am - Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 6:00pm

Location: Pine Crest Campground, 280 NY-79, Windsor, NY 13865

Description: The July 28 and 29 river sojourn will mark EMHR’s first open event in Susquehanna County and has been made possible by the enthusiasm of Dana Rockwell, who was recently named the Water Trail Manager for the 17-mile stretch of the river as it dips into Pennsylvania from its humble beginnings near Cooperstown, NY.

Stops on Day 1 will include the mouths of Cascade Creek and Starrucca Creek, where participants will leave the water for a half mile hike up the stream to the famous Starrucca Viaduct. Camping will be conducted at Victory Park at Oakland, where a large tent will be set up for a catered meal and visits from local historians and a presentation about the 444 Club, a growing but elite bunch of river enthusiasts who have paddled all 444 miles of the river from Cooperstown to Havre de Grace, MD.

After a light breakfast on Sunday, the paddle will resume with a portage of the Oakland dam and a stop at the LDS Priesthood Site where the Mormon Church traces its beginnings. Additional highlights will include Red Rock cliffs, an important landmark for Native Americans and early European travelers. Paddlers will have a chance to exemplify river stewardship with a stop prior to Hallstead where a number of tires need to be removed from the water and shuttle to shore for a later pickup.

Speakers will include Rockwell and Peck Milbauer, who traversed all 444 miles of the river last year with home-built skin on frame kayaks and SUNY Cortland professor and author Charles Yaple, who will share the history of those who relied on the Susquehanna River as a transportation corridor.

Cost for the adventure is $50 per person, which includes food and shuttling. Participants ages 12 to 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Those interested may contact Rockwell at 607-765-6087.

Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/exploring-the-susquehannas-great-bend-sojourn-tickets-44822734004 or http://www.endlessmtnlifestyles.com/?p=10053