Boating


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Where to Boat

This chart lists the facilites for boating in Pennsylvania State Parks, including sailing, motor size, lake acreage, launch facilities, boat mooring, boat rental and marinas.

 

Whether you like to quietly row on a small lake or jet around with the wind streaming through your hair, there's lots of opportunities to get on the water in Pennsylvania state parks. There's even whitewater boating in rafts, kayaks and canoes.


Pennsylvania State Parks has many scenic rivers and lakes for float trips. If you want exciting boating, explore Whitewater Boating for a list of rivers. Any Pennsylvania State Park that has a lake over 10 acres in size has opportunities for canoeing and flat-water boating. Visit "Where to Boat" above for a list of parks with lakes.

Canoes and non-powered boats must display one of the following: boat registration; launching permit or mooring permit from Pennsylvania State Parks, available at most state park offices; launching permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

This list is of particularly scenic canoe/kayak trips.


North

Bendigo State Park

The East Branch of the Clarion River is scenic and appropriate for beginning boaters under normal conditions. A canoe launch is three miles upstream along Kilgus Road. Best water conditions are generally in the spring.

Clear Creek State Park

The Clarion River provides excellent canoeing especially during the spring and fall. The river is rated Class C (beginner) with an average downward flow of four miles per hour. Two popular canoe trips, 4 and 10 miles in length, are a popular attraction. Rental canoes are available from commercial sources outside of the park. Both parks offer public canoe launches.

Cook Forest State ParkThe Clarion River provides excellent canoeing especially during the spring and fall. The river is rated Class C (beginner) with an average downward flow of four miles per hour. Two popular canoe trips, 4 and 10 miles in length, are a popular attraction. Rental canoes are available from commercial sources outside of the park. Both parks offer public canoe launches.

South

Swatara State Park

Swatara Creek is a popular destination for canoeing, kayaking, and tubing, especially in the spring. Designated launches in the northern and southern ends of the park provide access to the creek for put-in and take-out of boats.

Warriors Path State Park

A boat ramp for canoes, rafts and small boats is available as a take out or launch site for floating the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River. Boating or rafting can be enjoyed during the spring or late fall. The water level of the river is usually too shallow for summer boating.


East

Deleware Canal State Park

Canoeists can launch from public access areas in PA and NJ to enjoy the water trail which includes scenic views of River Islands and Nockamixon Cliffs natural areas. Water trail users will enjoy viewing wildlife along a major migratory route for raptors, waterfowl and songbirds. The Delaware River contains many species of game fish including American shad, striped bass, smallmouth bass and walleye. Canoeing is also available in the Delaware Canal.

Tyler State Park

Neshaminy Creek offers calm, easy boating upstream from the canoe rental. The canoe rental operates daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, weather permitting.


West

Ohiopyle State Park

The Middle Yough begins at the Ramcat Put-in near Confluence, and ends near the town of Ohiopyle. This section contains class I and II rapids and is ideal for beginning kayakers or experienced canoers. Only closed-deck canoes can be used on the river.

Oil Creek State Park

Oil Creek offers a scenic float and is classed as a beginner’s creek under normal conditions. Water levels can change rapidly and canoeists should call the park office for current water conditions. Generally, the canoeing season is from March to June.