You are also welcome to join SWA on interactive sites:
Swatara QR Code. Save to your phone.
It's all about Clean Water. Post your pictures of our events, water conservation, floods, pollution.
Share your memories about the Swatara.... Our projects and areas of
interest include the
Bordner Cabin, Eagle Scout Projects, PA Conservation Corps,
Swatara State Park, Swatara River, Swatara Sojourn, Swatara
Water Trail, Tenaska, Swatara Watershed Park, and
Planning a Swatara
Updated Map |
Swatara Water Trail map and guide 7MB 10.12.2017.pdf|
Public access points about every
For comparison, when the
Harpers gauge at our
launch @ 1929 Blacks Bridge Road, Annville reads the following
Road to site #1 is almost covered, not accessible
and partly flooded;
7’ our ramp is covered to
the top gravel border;
9’ the swell puts water onto sites 1-4 & site 8;
10.56', only sites 26-35 do not flood.
National Weather Service provides forecasts for Harper's
and Hershey gauges. Check the gauge nearest your start point.
Beginners should reschedule at 2.2' deep.
if experienced, but water is rising between 3.5' & 4', or below .4'.
Kayaks may float a bit
lower. Memorial Lake is an option when the Swatara is too high or
|Use caution at dams: With groups, avoid
low-head dam in Jonestown. Uneven portage on left bank, which disappears
into tree line in high water. Hershey dam portage is also on the left. Long, but flat, mowed route. Take out at feeder stream on left before warning sign.|
|U-Tow Canoes Available
Canoe Use agreement:
CANOE USE CONTRACT.pdf
Seasonal Primitive Camping
Fishing, hiking, picnicking
Visit the Bordner Cabin in Swatara
Bordner Cabin Drive
thru Swatara State Park 9AM-3PM the 2nd Fri & Sat monthly & 4th Fri & Sat
Mar, Apr, Sep & Oct.
Most recent Newsletter:
2017 Swatara News .pub.pdf
About the Swatara Watershed
Rivers Conservation Plan
Swatara on Great Nonprofits:
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
a Cool River--the Swatara 30th Annviersary
New this year: Can't make it? Be a
steward. Sponsor a paddler.
Form Upper Swatara.pdf
People benefit from the Swatara Watershed Association and their activities,
and may not even know or think about it. Anyone who is connected to the
Lebanon Water Authority, American Water Company or United Water
Company; anyone who fishes, ...swims,
or floats the Swatara Creek; anyone who drinks Swiss Premium
Dairy products; and others benefit from Swatara Watershed activities. In
other words, anyone who lives in the Swatara Watershed in Lebanon County
or approximately 110,000 people, are beneficiaries of our efforts. If you
look at the entire reach of the Swatara Watershed adding Schuylkill, Berks,
and Dauphin Counties, that number increases to approximately 300,000
people who benefit from SWAs efforts.
Swatara Store featuring gear sporting the
30th Annual Swatara Float &
May 5-6, 2018
Ready/Set/Canoe: Who says you
need a road to take a road trip?
TRIP REGISTRATION FORM: .
or print out this page. Be sure to follow
us on Facebook!
canoe/2018 Sojourn Registration.pdf; Map & Guide
Swatara Water Trail map and guide 7MB
10.12.2017.pdf; Surface Water Rescue;
Click here to take survey ; Sponsor Opportunity
canoe/2018 Swatara Sojourn
Opportunity Upper Swatara.pdf; Water Depth;
Sponsor List: to right
On-water activities are inherently dangerous. Please
take note of dams like Jonestown and Hershey, which are identified on the map.
Also, river conditions vary depending upon weather, and conditions can change
rapidly based on weather events. You are responsible for your own safety,
for registering your craft with the PA Fish and Boat Commission
http://www.fishandboat.com/Boat/RegisterTitle/Pages/default.aspx; and must follow PA boating regulations.
Cell Phone__________ Email ________________________________
Describe your craft: _____ year; _________ color;
_________________ make; _________________ model
Check All That Apply
q I will help with registration.
q I am experienced and interested
in scouting and
q I am experienced & interested in
q I am certified in First Aid &
CPR, and I will
carry a first aid kit (provide copy of certification)
q I will serve on the safety
team. Provide copies of
all certifications—ACA, PADI, F&B….
q I will pick up litter.
q I will help shuttle drives.
Copy of drivers
license needed for insurance.
q I would like to sponsor the
sojourn. Contact me.
q Describe your craft—make, color,
ž Without compensation, I give
permission for my photo or likeness to be used in any medium.
ž I understand that I will canoe
the Swattie and/or pick up litter at my own risk.
your signature partner’s signature
In addition to signing this hold harmless release,
parents must accompany minors or designate a responsible adult.
$35 x ___adults = $_______
$10 x ___children = $_______
q I will stay for dinner
I will camp overnight
$35 x ___adults= $_______
$10 x ___children= $_______
Annual SWA Membership (optional) $20 $_______
Freewill donation to pay down the mortgage at Swatara
Watershed Park $_______ SWA is a 501c3 organization.
Therefore, your contributions may be tax deductible.
Total amount enclosed with registration $_______
DEADLINE - April 26. 2018 .
Mail to SWA, 2302 Guilford St., Lebanon PA 17046. It is important to sign in upon
arrival, and so that we know you’re safe, when exiting the Swatara, you must
let us know.
(approximately 30 miles)
Saturday and Sunday May 5-6, 2018
9AM-5PM each day
(Creekside banners will mark exits)
TARGET AREA: SWATARA CREEK.
|The sojourn will last 2 days and 1 night.|
|We have safety personnel who have taken safety courses. Two other
participants, Andy & Liz Ramsey, are professional river guides.
Others have various levels of training. |
|Once again, we anticipate 100+ participants.|
LIFE JACKETS MUST BE WORN! Also carry a whistle and
Per PA Fish & Boat Commission, canoes
& kayaks must be licensed.
Ready/Set/Fish (There is no such thing
as a fisherboy. Catch one, and you're a fisherman.)
START TIME: 9:30AM or as assigned, depending upon # of people.
We have 14-passenger shuttle vans run
by Tom Embich, Ben Miller, and Dick Blouch as well as other volunteers, who will take drivers back
to the starting point for their vehicle each day. Passengers stay with their
equipment. Then, the driver picks up both the passengers and equipment. An
alternative for people with busy schedules is to leave a second personal car
at the ending point each day.
PS. Leaving camping gear in your car
will keep it dry and safe. Again, the shuttle will take you to the start
point so that you can bring your vehicle to the starting point.
SAFETY BRIEFING EACH DAY. ATTENDANCE MANDATORY!
DONATION: $35/adult/day and $10/child/day (12 and under) helps to defray the
cost of brochures, confirmations, and food. Sorry, no refunds.
REGISTRATION: Please pre-register.
DEADLINE - April 26, 2018 Mail to 2302 Guilford St., Lebanon PA
17046. It is important to sign in upon arrival.
ON THE SWATARA! TIPS
your or other people’s lives at risk. Wear your life vest!
Knowing how to read a river will save you energy and
increase your enjoyment on the trip. The challenge for the canoeist is to
find the deeper (darker water) channels. On a river bend, the water moves
faster and is deepest on the outside of a curve. Choosing these channels
can reduce the number of times you “beach” your boat.
While many bends are clear of debris, fallen trees and
brush (strainers) also pile up on outside curves. Strainers trap solid
objects such as overturned boats and people, but allow water to pass
through. Always avoid getting swept into the bank or into a strainer. The
order of rescue is people, boats, then gear.
Also, water at the base of a dam creates a hydraulic
that can pull you in both tipping and trapping a boat and any occupants.
Because they don’t look dangerous, many drownings occur at low-head dams.
Avoid dams! Listen to your safety guides.
It’s important that we share the water rights to the Swatara with
others. Display courtesy and respect to landowners, other boaters, and
Watch for overhanging trees, brush piles, submerged logs, and
rocks that could tip you.
Don’t stand in your canoe. Keep your weight low.
Put your heavier, and hopefully more experienced canoeist in the
To signal the canoes behind you, always expose the flat side of
your paddle and:
Extend your paddle to the left to indicate a “left turn.”
Extend your paddle to the right to indicate a “right turn.”
Hold your paddle horizontally overhead to signal a stop.
For help, hold the handle and move the paddle in a circular
motion overhead. If you lose your paddles, swing just about anything (except
your partner) overhead.
Upstream “V’s” suggest submerged rocks. Downstream “V’s” suggest
gaps/paths between rocks.
To steer left, paddle hard on the right and/or the rear person
can drag his paddle on the left. To go right, do the opposite.
won’t be pinned between the canoe and a rock or tree if you capsize, stay on
the upstream side of your canoe. Try to hold onto your boat. Otherwise, to
avoid hitting your head on rocks and trees, float on your back, feet
pointing downstream. Hand paddle to safety.
YouTube Posts from the 2009
Hog Band at the Bordner Cabin lunch stop in Swatara State Park
on Saturday, May 2. 12 seconds
on the Swatara
at the Water Works lunch stop on Sunday, May 3.
After pizza, in the rain, one-half of the paddlers completed the 2009
Swatara Sojourn. 30 seconds
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