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Susquehanna River Water Trail

The Susquehanna River travels for over 400 miles through three states. The water trail along its path is divided into four sections: North Branch, West Branch, Middle Section, and finally the Lower Section. The Susquehanna Riverlands encompasses all 53 miles of the Lower Section. The Susquehanna River Water Trail – Lower Section is managed by Susquehanna National Heritage Area and is designated as a National Recreation Trail.

This section of the water trail is a 53-mile-long paddler’s adventure that begins at the New Market Boat Access near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and ends a few miles south of the Mason-Dixon Line at the Broad Creek Access in Maryland – offering a tremendous diversity of natural and built environments. There are over 30 access points along the water trail.

From the gritty industrial yards of Steelton to the Conejohela Flats—an internationally renowned bird habitat at Washington Boro—the Lower Section of the Susquehanna River Water Trail is a contrast of working river and wilderness. Explore the richness of the Lower Section of the Susquehanna River Water Trail and don’t forget to bring along your Water Trail Maps and Guide. It will provide you with all the information needed to experience this scenic and historic landscape to its fullest.

Portage information for the Lower Susquehanna River Water Trail;
Dock Street Dam: City of Harrisburg Parks department (717) 255-3020
York Haven Dam: Eagle Creek Renewable Energy (717) 266-9571
Safe Harbor Dam: Brookfield Renewable (508) 251-7744
Holtwood Dam: Brookfield Renewable (508) 251-7744
Conowingo Dam: Exelon Corporation (888) 457-4076

Water trail questions to info@susquehannaheritage.org