West Nanticoke Canal Park to PFBC Union Township

River Miles: 6 miles 

Estimated paddle time: 2-3 hours, depending on river level 

Difficulty: Easy

Hazards: None of significance 

This paddling trip is ideal for those looking for a shorter trip along a calm section of the North Branch Water Trail. Begin your paddle by launching at the Canal Park Municipal Access in West Nanticoke. The canoe access area can be found by following the gravel path from the park to the river. Dining and picnic areas are located nearby. Once one the river, you'll be able to enjoy a calm, straight stretch as you pass by Hunlock Township and the mouth of Hunlock Creek.

After passing under the steel thru-truss bridge by the State Correctional Institution at Retreat, stay river left as you pass by an unnamed low-elevation island. Continue along for about another mile and keep river right until you reach the Union Township Access also located on river right. Please note that a PA state launch permit is required at this access.

The PFBC Union Access has a restroom and is located close to the Susquehanna Warrior Trail, an 18-mile trail named after the Nanticoke Indians who lived along the Susquehanna. The Susquehanna Warrior Trailhead in West Nanticoke is located at Canal Park. You can combine your paddling trip with a journey along the Warrior Trail for a multimodal adventure along the North Branch Susquehanna River Water Trail. 

Amenities: The Canal Park access has parking and a covered pavillion, with dining nearby. The PFBC Union access has parking, restrooms, and a paved boat ramp. 

Put In:

River Mile 179.6: Canal Park Municipal Access (canoe access)

Take Out:

River Mile 174: PFBC Union Township Access (boat ramp) 

Images provided by terrain360.com 

Area Outfitters: Five Mountain Outfitters (Shickshinny) 

West Nanticoke, Image courtesy: Hank Rogers on Flickr.com