Loading Events
  • This event has passed.
Description:

Join the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership (SGP) on Saturday, August 6, 2022, as we discover the North Branch Susquehanna River Water Trail. The Susquehanna Sojourn is a one-day celebration connecting you to the outdoor opportunities along the North Branch Susquehanna River.

Paddlers along this section of river will enjoy the calm waters of the North Branch as they meander past several chains of river islands. Be sure to take a look as you pass by for the chance of seeing waterfowl roosted in the island’s trees. Iconic views of the endless rolling mountain landscape are another great feature of this North Branch paddling route. Lunch will be provided.

When: August 6, 2022 | 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Where (start): Test Track Park Municipal Access, Berwick
Where (lunch): Columbia Park Access
Where (end): PFBC Bloomsburg Access, Bloomsburg

Paddling Distance: 10 miles (easy)

Price: $20

Rentals: $20/single | $35/tandem

Register Now


Schedule (tentative)

  • 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM: Registration opens at the Test Track Park boat launch. This will be a time for participants to check-in, receive their appropriate materials, and drop off boats. Light morning refreshments, port-a-johns, and informational tables will be accessible to participants at both locations.
  • 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Shuttle (Drivers only, all others are asked to be dropped off at the launch site)
  • 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM: Potential morning history talk for participants at Test Track Park.
  • 10:15 AM – 10:30 AM: Opening remarks and kayak safety talk.
  • 10:30 AM – 10:45 AM: Launch of paddlers from Test Track Park.
  • 10:45 AM – 12:30 PM: Participants will paddle from Test Track Park to the Columbia Park Access, where they will enjoy a picnic lunch.
  • 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: At the picnic grounds, participants will enjoy lunch.
  • 1:30 PM – 1:45 PM: Participants will transition back on-water.
  • 1:45 PM – 4:00 PM: Participants will paddle the remaining route.
  • 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM: Participants will paddle to the PFBC Bloomsburg boat launch where they will take out and end the day. Participants will get off the water and transition back to their vehicles. They will be asked to fill out a short survey about the event prior to departing.

After the sojourn, perhaps you would like to head back to the Susquehanna Greenway River Town of Bloomsburg to recap the day with new and old friends over a well-earned libation or dinner at one of numerous restaurants and establishments such as: Turkey Hill Brewing CompanyMarley’s Brewery and Grille, and many more!


Sponsors

The Susquehanna Sojourn: Berwick to Bloomsburg Paddle is financed in part by the Columbia County Commissioners’ Tourism Fund, Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau and by a grant from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program Environmental Stewardship Fund under the administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation.


FAQs

What about water levels?
  • Should low water levels prevent the planned itinerary, we do have a backup plan further upriver within the backflow of a dam, which should allow for deep enough waters. The alternate route would be a roughly 7-8-mile out-and-back paddle from Linden, PA with a picnic lunch at Susquehanna State Park. On this section of the West Branch, there are opportunities to see remnants of local lumber history with the Susquehanna Boom, as well as an opportunity to paddle by a bald eagle nest. More information to follow should this alternative be adopted.
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 PFBC Montgomery Access.
  • Please bring your signed participant forms.
Will there be a shuttle?
  • In accordance with COVID-19 restrictions and best practices, SGP has adjusted our shuttling procedures. We are unable to move personal boats this year. If you are bringing your own boat(s), please drop them off at the put-in at the PFBC Montgomery Access when you check in. Please also drop off any passengers in your car with your boats in Montgomery. Drivers should then proceed down to Milton State Park. If you are renting boats, drivers should drop off passengers at the PFBC Montgomery Access, check-in, and only the drivers should proceed to Shikellamy. We will then shuttle only the drivers back up to the put-in. This will allow some spacing on the shuttle bus to accommodate COVID-19 precautions.
  • Please note: Any shuttle passengers who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 will be required to wear a mask for the duration of the ride.
  • We shuttle this way (with your cars at the end of the paddle) so that your car will be right at the take-out at the end of the day. There will not be a shuttle back to the put-in at the conclusion of the event.
What's the address/route?
  • Our starting location (registration/check-in) and put-in location is at the PFBC Montgomery Access.
  • The take-out for the kayaks is located at Milton State Park, 205 PA-642, Milton, PA 17847.
  • Most of the route includes scenic flat water, with some iconic bridges and an opportunity to see wildlife and ecology of this section. After about 7 miles we will be taking out onshore for lunch in Watsontown. The paddle will then continue 5 more miles along the West Branch, taking out at Milton State Park.
What about lodging?
  • There are several hotels in the Lewisburg, Selinsgrove, Sunbury, and Shamokin Dam areas; these range in distance but are within 10-20 minutes away. Please reach out to the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau for recommendations. They can be reached by emailing [email protected], or calling 800-525-7320 or 570-524-7234.
Can I bring my kids?
  • This is a family-friendly event, and children are welcome to attend. However, children under the age of 12 may NOT pilot their own craft (kayak or canoe). This article from REI can help you plan for the paddle event.
  • It is also important to note that this can be a long paddle (11+ miles) for children 10 and under. Consider renting a tandem kayak to avoid falling behind. Tandem kayaks and canoes are available through registration.
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?
  • A Mask or face covering. SGP will be implementing precautions at several points within the paddle including the shuttle and lunch stop. We ask that for the safety of yourself and your fellow paddlers that you wear a mask or face covering during these points in the paddle. SGP will supply water tight bags for your mask.
  • 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.
  • *extra water will be provided*

 

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