Paddling through Time: on the Susquehanna Sojourn, June 8
Paddle the beautiful Susquehanna River for a day or paddle for the entire 97 miles, meet lots of like-minded folks, and learn about the history of the Susquehanna River from Great Bend, PA, through lower NY and finish in Sugar Run, near Wyalusing, PA. Participants can take part in as many days of the Sojourn as they wish. The Susquehanna Sojourn is an educational and awareness-raising event that involves a group of canoeists and kayakers paddling a segment of the Susquehanna River, camping on her shores and interacting with local towns and villages.
Consider the Sojourn as a mini-summer camp, for adults and youth alike. This is a group-oriented event that emphasizes environmental and cultural ducation, sharing stories and experiences, and enjoying the river. You can paddle for just one day, but will it be enough? This year’s sojourn was designed as a long getaway, and you may be able to join in for the entire trip!
On the water, the group stays together at the pace of the slowest paddler. Experience is helpful, but the pace of most Sojourn days is suitable for new paddlers. Paddling skills sessions are offered on Kick-off day. Even experienced paddlers are surprised to discover the unique opportunities for reflection and community that this kind of group river journey offers.
Over the course of the Sojourn, families, scouts and individuals partner with local esidents in river-related service projects and programs. The Sojourn receives prominent media coverage and is a unique and powerful tool for promoting environmental stewardship and inspiring conservation of our natural resources.
The Susquehanna River, designated by the National Park Service as a National Historic Trail, is one of four water trails designated as components of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. The Susquehanna River is the largest tributary and provides almost half of the freshwater to the Chesapeake Bay.
Most evenings you will camp at “primitive” camp sites, where camping is normally prohibited. This means that on some stops, no plumbing is available. Port-a-johns are provided for each camp site. For those who consider showers a priority, consider purchasing a sun-shower kit for the trip.
Registration includes overnight camping, three meals per day, vehicle shuttles, activities, programs, guiding, and safety services and a t-shirt.
You will need to bring or rent a canoe or kayak, paddles, Personal Flotation Device, overnight camping gear, water bottles and personal items. A complete list of gear and items will be included in a packet e-mailed to you after you register.
Three meals are provided each day. Vegetarian options are available if requested at registration. You should bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages for between meals. Ice tea and lemonade are provided during meals. Potable water is provided at campsites. You should bring a drinking cup and enough refillable water bottles to equal a gallon per person
Cars are left at the end of the trip: you, your boat and gear are shuttled to the beginning. We provide a secure, dry, gear truck to shuttle your equipment each day. For those on the water for one or two days, a shuttle will allow you to move your car to the next camp most days, depending on location and parking availability.