Island Hopper 2019 FAQ

    Q. How do I rent a kayak?

    • To reserve your kayak through Bic’s Water Sports, simply mark your registration. Rentals are $35 per kayak.

    Q. What about check-in and shuttles?

    • All participants will need to check-in at the Mahantango Boat Access on Saturday morning. All individuals and their boats will be shuttled up to the put-in at the Isle of Que.  
    • Please note: you are welcome to drop off your boat at the put-in prior or after registration. However, due to limited parking we ask that you please return to the registration area and take the shuttle. There will not be a shuttle back to the put-in at the conclusion of the event. 

    Q. What's the address/route?

    • Our starting location (registration/check-in) and take-out location is at the Mahantango Boat Access: Port Trevorton, PA 17864.
    • The put-in for the kayaks is located at the Isle of Que Boat Access: 700 South Front Street, Selinsgrove, PA 17870. 

    • Most of the route includes scenic flat water, with an opportunity for a little excitement at the end! From Isle of Que, we'll be heading to lunch at Port Trevorton Fire Department picnic grounds, then stopping at island 111 to investigate one of the established campsites. We'll regroup at island campsite 109 before proceeding through McKee's Half Falls (at the easiest location) with the assistance of safety stewards. Shortly thereafter is the take-out site.

    Q. What about lodging?

    • There are several hotels in the Selinsgrove, Sunbury, and Shamokin Dam areas; these range in distance but are within 10-20 minutes away. Some options:  

    -Isle of Que Guest House: 570-541-8940

    -Selinsgrove Inn

    -Holiday Inn Express & Suites Selinsgrove- University Area

    -Comfort Inn Selinsgrove

    Q. Can I bring my kids?

    • This is a family-friendly event, and children are welcome to attend. However, children under the age of 8 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 (12 miles) for children 10 and under. Consider renting a tandem kayak to avoid falling behind. Tandem kayaks are available through Bic's Watersports

    Q. Do I need to register my boat?

    Q. Is there a rain date?

    • Rain - the event will continue as scheduled for rain alone
    • Thunder & Lightning - the event will be postponed by 30 minutes for instances of lightning closer than 6 miles at 9:30 AM (per the flash-to-bang method). If the lightning continues to be within 6 miles at 10:00 AM, then the event planning committee will discuss alterations to the schedule or cancel the event. 
    • High Winds - if winds exceed the event’s threshold for safe activity, then the event will be cancelled. 
    • Tornado Warning -the event will be cancelled. 
    • All other ‘Acts of God’ will result in the cancellation of the event. 
    • In the event of unsafe high water or low water conditions, the sojourn will be shifted to 165-acre Lake Chillisquaque at Montour Preserve near Danville, PA. This decision will be announced at least one week prior to the event. In addition to paddling, Montour Preserve offers additional activities including wildlife watching, hiking, road biking, educational displays in the visitors’ center, and a fossil pit for exploring. SGP and SRTA will work to incorporate a selection of these activities into the itinerary should the event be relocated due to water conditions.

    Q. 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