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Come join us on the Susquehanna River this Fall! On October 7th, SGP will be leading a leisurely loop on the West Branch between Linden and Susquehanna State Park in Williamsport. Participants will leave from the Linden PFBC Access and Boat Ramp, kayaking down to Susquehanna State Park and paddling back for a 5.25-mile trip. Following the paddle, we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch at the Linden launch. It’s a great chance to kayak amidst the fall scenery with a stunning view of Bald Eagle Ridge and a chance to see remnants of the Susquehanna Boom (a lumber history landmark)!

This trip is suitable for new and novice paddlers looking to explore the activity with a group.

When: October 7, 2023 | 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Where (start & end): Linden PFBC Access and Boat Ramp (in-water turnaround point after the Susquehanna Boom)

Paddling Distance: 5.25 miles (easy)

Price: $20

Rentals: Kayaks and canoes are available. Mark your registration to reserve. ($35/single | $45/tandem)

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Schedule (tentative)

  • 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Check-in opens at the Linden PFBC Access and Boat Ramp. This will be a time for participants to check-in and receive their appropriate materials. Porta potties and informational tables will be accessible to participants.
  • 10:00 AM – 10:15 AM: Opening remarks & safety talk.
  • 10:15 AM – 10:30 AM: Launch from Linden PFBC Access and Boat Ramp.
  • 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM: Paddle down to the Susquehanna Boom remnants, then loop back around passing Susquehanna State Park and the iconic Hiawatha Paddle Boat before transitioning back up to Linden. Enjoy the fall scenery of Bald Eagle Ridge along the way.
  • 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM: With help from our volunteers, participants will get off the water and enjoy a picnic lunch at the launch.
  • 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Enjoy a provided lunch.





How do I rent a kayak?
  • To reserve your kayak or canoe, simply mark your registration. Rentals are $35 per single vessel, $45 per tandem. The outfitter will have the rentals and safety equipment available at the launch.
What about check-in? 
  • Check-in will be located at the Linden PFBC Boat Launch.
  • Please bring your signed participant forms (if you did not already complete them online).
Will there be a shuttle?
  • This is a looped route, so no shuttle is needed.
What's the address/route?
  • Our start/end location is the Linden PFBC Boat Launch.
  • The route falls within the black flow of the Williamsport dam, which makes for a lake-like paddling environment, allowing us to paddle both down and up river to complete a loop.
  • Along the way, participants will enjoy the fall scenery of Bald Eagle Ridge and get to see the remnants of the Susquehanna Boom, a structure significant to the lumber history of the region. Today, the boom appears as a chains of islands in the river. This will be the in-water turnaround point, whereby paddlers will loop back around passing Susquehanna State Park and the iconic Hiawatha Paddle Boat before transitioning back up to Linden.
Can I bring my kids?
  • This is a family-friendly event, and children are welcome to attend. However, children under the age of 13 may NOT pilot their own craft (kayak or canoe). This article from REI can help you plan for the paddle event.
  • Tandem kayaks and canoes are available through registration. For smaller children, a canoe is recommended with two adults paddling and the child seated in between.
Do I need to register my boat?
Is there a rain date?
  • Rain – the event will continue as scheduled for rain alone. Should alternate weather conditions present on the day of the event, SGP will work with park staff to determine an appropriate alternative or cancel the event.
  • There is not an alternate rain date at this time. Should that change, SGP will notify all registrants.
What should I bring?
  • If it is cold and rainy, NO COTTON.
  • If an article of clothing says it is fleece (like a sweatshirt) make sure the fleece is polyester.
  • You are required to bring and wear a PFD if you are providing your own boat.
  • Please wear appropriate closed-toe shoes, as we will be getting in and our of our boats on several occasions and the landscape may be muddy/rocky.
  • Athletic-type/quick-drying apparel is recommended, and consider bringing a backpack or hydration pack, and snacks.
  • *water will be provided*


More Questions? You may also call or email Corey Ellison with any questions: 570-478-1317 or [email protected].