You are also welcome to join SWA on interactive sites:
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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 front 3.15MB 10.14.2017.pdf
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
Welcome! Click on the
links below to learn more about our watershed and our organization.
Minutes/Statement of Importance of the Swatara Creek.pdf
Swatara Water Trail --
Thanks to everyone who
helped to make the 1st annual Swatara Food &
Brew Weekend, a Culinary Event.
July 14-16. 2017 a success. Here's a recap: Swatara Food & Brew Weekend July 14-16, 2017 -
Duration- 5 minutes, 58 seconds
Providing Swatara Special: Babe's Grill
House, Palmyra; Batdorf Restaurant, Annville; Fredericksburg Eagle
Hotel; Heisey's Diner, Ebenezer, north of Lebanon; Hometown Family
Restaurant, Palmyra; Irv's Pub, Hershey; Mt. Gretna Brewery,
& Quentin Tavern. Each restaurant created “specialty dishes and drinks” made from fish (Historically,
trout, bass & salmon, even catfish are/were found in the Swatara Creek), snapper turtles,
duck, frog legs, and of course with our clean water from the Swatara
Creek delivered by local water companies to our homes and businesses.
Please consider a donation to support Clean Water projects and the
Swatara Water Trail, Park, Bordner Cabin…. Donations are welcome via
PayPal from the top of this web page.
Thanks for your support!
In the center of the Swatara
Watershed is Lebanon, a safe rural community located immediately east of
Hershey, north of Lancaster, west of Reading, and south of Pine Grove,
Pennsylvania. The Swatara Watershed is host to small towns like Mount Gretna;
historical landmarks like the Cornwall Iron Furnace and Union Canal Tunnel;
State Game Lands for hunting and fishing; the Swatara for canoeing;
campgrounds; community parks; golf courses; bed and breakfast inns; thousands of
farms, some Amish; Hershey Park, Hershey chocolate factory, Hershey gardens,
zoo, the Giant theater; and a National Cemetery at Fort Indiantown Gap. Web hosting is provided by
Lebanon Mobile Fone.
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