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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 Water Companies

 Planning a Swatara Outing? Tips:

bullet Updated Map  swatara_watertrail final 2016.pdf  Public     access points about every 7 miles.
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For comparison, when the Harpers gauge at our launch @ 1929 Blacks Bridge Road, Annville reads the following heights:
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5.5, & the Road to site #1 is almost covered, not         accessible and partly flooded;  

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7 our ramp is covered to the top gravel border; 

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9 the swell puts water onto sites 1-4 & site 8; and

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10.56', only sites 26-35 do not flood. 

Depth  USGS Guages  National Weather Service provides forecasts for Harper's and Hershey gauges. Check the gauge nearest your start point.  Reschedule if experienced, but           water is rising between 3.5' & 4' or below .4'.  Kayaks may     float a bit lower.  Beginners should reschedule at 2.2' deep. 

bulletUse 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.
bulletU-Tow Canoes Available  http://www.mbcomp.com/swatara/redirect/watertrail/canoe_rent.htm
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Canoe Use agreement: CANOE USE CONTRACT.pdf

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Seasonal Primitive Camping Camp/2017 Campsite Agreement.pdf  Fishing, hiking, picnicking 

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Visit the Bordner Cabin in Swatara State Park:               Bordner Cabin Drive thru Swatara State Park 9AM-3PM    the 2nd Fri & Sat monthly & 4th Fri & Sat Mar, Apr, Sep            & Oct.

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Most recent Newsletter:  2017 Swatara News .pub.pdf

 
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Publications
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Envisioning an Environmental Legacy for the Swatara EELS, the Book in pdf file

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Mills and Bank Barns Mills and Bank Barns Book.pdf\

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 Minutes/Statement of Importance of the Swatara Creek.pdf

About the Swatara Watershed

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Watershed Description

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Virtual Driving Tour

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Maps of the Watershed

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Swatara State Park (position papers: Bordner Cabin and Old State Road

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Watershed Links (more than 200 links to Recreational opportunities, Schools, local government, and MORE!)

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Tourist Destinations (New Feature)

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Contact Information/Press Room

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About SWA

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Our History and Mission

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SWA Awards and Publications

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Projects

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Intern Opportunities

Rivers Conservation Plan

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What is a RCP?

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About Swatara's RCP

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Get your own copy

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Read the RCP on-line

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View watershed maps

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13th Annual Canoe Sojourn

NOTE: Click on any photo to see the full-sized version.

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Most of Day two's Crew

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Swatara Water Trail Dedication with Jonestown Mayor George Kauffman

 

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Blue Rock

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SCWA couldn't coordinate such an awesome event without all of our loyal supporters.  THANK YOU!

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From Route 645 in Pine Grove to Swope's Valley Road on the north end of the Swatara State Park, we encountered three strainers where trees completed crossed the Swatara...

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...often resulting in portaging of canoes around the obstacles.

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Special thanks to Bill Friese & his staff of Park Rangers for helping to unload about 4 tons of trash from our canoes.

Father / Son Team.

MikePavelek.jpg (11972 bytes)Mike Pavelek presented oodles of information on the Horse Shoe Trail.  He even autographed his books.

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Before the end of the trip we all got to know Jean who also presented DCNR's public participation process for development of Swatara State Park.

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Arranging collected debris.

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Welcome Philadelphia!

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Tom and Jack provided shuttle and shore support to post banners at exit points and make sure we had plenty of good food to eat.

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A safety briefing is held each day.  Scout Troop 17 from Schaefferstown  listens intently.

 

 

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Plenty of help to get started.

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Low water through Swatara State Park caused canoeists to "walk their canoes" numerous times.  Taken from the Appalachian Trail bridge.

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Get ready to portage.

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It was down right neighborly the way everyone pitched in when someone needed help. 

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