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Kayaking/Canoeing Information

Pennsylvania contains many small rivers and streams throughout the state which we take advantage of. Trips range from beginner flat-water trips to Class III whitewater kayaking and rafting trips. Safety equipment and training are always provided, and required.


Links

American Whitewater Association

GORP (Great Outdoors Recreational Pages) Paddling
This is a GREAT resource site for all kinds of paddlers. Great site for other outdoors stuff, too!

American Canoe Association

Canoe & Kayak Magazine

Perception Kayaks
One of the leading manufacturers of kayaks, take a look at their incredible page (especially if you have the Flash plug-in) and see their new line of products and gear. Definitely our favorite whitewater boat manufacturer.

Dagger Kayaks
Another one of the leading manufacturers of kayaks.

Wilderness Systems Kayaks
Another one of the leading manufacturers of kayaks, this company produces some of our favorite ocean kayaks, and recreational beginner boats.

Wenonah Canoes
Manufacturer of many popular models of canoes.

Escape Sailboats
This company has recently produced (1998) a new style of sailboats (similar size to Sunfish) that you should defiantly check out if you're a sailor! I've tried these boats, and they are fun, easy, and comparatively inexpensive.

Whitewater photography
A site specializing in the photography of paddling in whitewater. Pretty cool!

X-Streamline Windsurfing & Kayaking
A fairly new site dedicated to windsurfing, kite surfing (gotta check that out!), and kayaking.

More boating links...
This link has pages and pages and pages of many more paddling links. Take a look when you have a chance!

 


Destinations

Yellow Breeches
Yellow Breeches is a Class I - II creek. You can see part of it which runs through campus near the athletic fields. It's a great river for beginners, because most of it is flat water. For your information, there is the possibility of putting-in at the covered bridge, and following the Breeches for about 3 miles, where it will eventually wind back onto campus where you can take-out down in the "Pit" or "D-Lot" parking area. The Yellow Breeches flows 20 miles downstream, where it flows into the Susquehanna River near Harrisburg.

Dauphin Narrows
This is part of the Susquehanna River. It is a very wide river with a strong current. It has some nice standing waves. Most of it is Class I or II.

Codorus Creek
A fun whitewater river that offers Class III rapids, with occasional Class IV. Experts are advised only to run this river with the correct equipment, training, and leaders.

Muddy River
Similar to the Codorus Creek. A fun whitewater river that offers Class III rapids, with occasional Class IV. Experts are advised only to run this river with the correct equipment, training, and leaders. And it's not as dirty as it sounds. :)

 

Shenandoah River

The Shenandoah Staircase is a classic run that has an appeal to a wide variety of paddlers. Lower water creates a superb training ground for the beginner paddler to hone their skills. Medium water creates several small and fun playspots to delight the playboater.   High water brings out the big water enthusiasts and the extreme rodeo stars. When the water is rockin, the playboating in this area is spectacular!  The run is 1.9 miles, but you can easily play for 3 or 4 hours.


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