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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
Canoe Trips and Sojourns
Each year during the first weekend in May, an overnight Canoe
Sojourn of Swatara Creek is held. Prior to 2001, this was a one-day event.
In 2001, at the request of DCNR and POWR, who also became sponsors, the event
became a two-day extravaganza. The
goals of this special event are to have fun exploring the river, promote
stewardship, provide educational opportunities, network with elected officials, and to remove
garbage. For photos and information on past Sojourns, click on the links
below: (Newer albums are posted to our Facebook page.)
Projects/Cruise to the
Alcoa Signing Project - Prior to the State's
signage program, Alcoa provided a
$1,000 grant, which allowed SWA to place signs on many stream crossings in
the watershed. Assisted by the boy scouts, 47 signs were placed on
bridges. Click here to learn more
about the project.
Conservation Kits -
In 2002, DEP funded a Growing Greener grant that allowed SWA to purchase
800 water conservation kits that included a toilet tank fill cycle diverter,
patented motion flow showerhead, leak detection tablets, faucet aerator for
the kitchen, and faucet aerator for the bathroom. Retail value of each
kit was $16. Using a water conservation equation, a contest was run
where everybody won a kit. Once all 800 kits were installed, the kits
saved 8,760,000 gallons of water annually over the life of the host fixture.
Contests were taken to schools, civic organizations, the SRBC, girl and boy
scouts.... Some kits were retained for educational purposes.
an Environmental Legacy--2003 Oral History Project
Sunday, December 5, 2004, 2-5PM, Twin Grove Park.
Lebanon Daily News articles
The Swatara Watershed Association
held a book signing
for the authors and interviewees of this oral history project. One collectible book
autographed by many of the interviewees and authors plus a CD set was presented to each
person in the book. CDs
book in a pdf file and an audio disc that can be played in your car.
||As an incentive for an annual membership, all new $20
SWA members will be entitled to an EELS book (without
autographs). Please send your check
made payable to SWA to 2302 Guilford St., Lebanon PA
17046. For mailing, add $4 shipping and handling for a total of $24.
By purchasing an SWA membership for your friends, this Christmas
you can give the gift of water in the form of the EELS book. |
The remainder of the
collectible autographed EELS books, accompanied by a CD
set, will be offered as incentives to recruit $200
lifetime memberships. Existing $100 member subscribers will be
entitled to a book without autographs, or given the opportunity to
upgrade to a $200 lifetime membership (by payment of the $100
difference) and receive an autographed copy and CD set. Once again, please send your check made payable to SWA to 2302
Guilford St., Lebanon PA 17046. For mailing,
add $4 shipping and handling for a total of $204.
By purchasing an SWA membership for your friends, this Christmas
you can give the gift of water in the form of the EELS book. Books will
be mailed the second week in December.|
“EELS: In Their Own Words”,
a set of seven DVDs was placed in the Lebanon, Derry, and Pine Grove
You may have read
the EELS book or listened to the eloquent narration of the book by
Gordon Weiss, but $500 Gold Sponsors of the Swatara Watershed
Association will receive a special incentive--"EELS, In Their Own
Words"--a DVD collection of over 40 hours of living history
(interviews conducted to create the EELS book) on the Swatara
Watershed. It may be a cherished and valuable asset to your library
or a way to teach your children about their heritage. Make your check
payable to SWA, and mail to 2302 Guilford St., Lebanon PA
NOVEMBER 19, 2003
TRAINING, 9:00 am-4:00 pm, Trinity United Methodist
Church, Lickdale, (exit 90 off of Route 81).
Resource request approved by Canaan Valley Institute for
personnel and equipment—audio recorders, microphones, and audiotapes for the
session. Tom Inskeep, a videographer working with CVI will conduct the
training on the video equipment.
Handwerk Project - Completed by SWA.
here to learn more about the project. Plantings were placed along
the Swatara Creek to aid in stream bank stabilization.
Swatara Farms/ Wenger Feeds - Growing Greener funds were secured to
reduce non-point source pollution from agricultural activities on three
farms in Berks and Lebanon Counties. More specifically, storm water
runoff management and treatment facilities were designed and constructed.
Watershed - A $3875 Growing Greener Grant helped SWA to establish a
watershed subcommittee and purchase equipment for the watershed organization
to head projects in the 99.2 square mile sub-watershed, which is the largest
sub-watershed in the Swatara watershed.
Mills & Bank Barns - book created with a grant from
the Ressler Mill Foundation. Available free with a
SWA membership. Add $4 shipping and
and Management Plan; Hammer Creek; Little Swatara Creek.
Rivers Conservation Plan - Funded by Canaan Valley
Institute, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and the
William Penn Foundation, the RCP was completed by contractor Mackin
Engineering in September 2000, the plan provides comprehensive information about the watershed.
The RCP is considered a living document.
Click here to learn more about the plan. A
separate grant allowed SWA to purchase vector contours to add a GIS layer
that can aid planners. Copies of GIS CD's are available to any
municipality in the Watershed that provides SWA with a resolution
supporting the RCP.
StreamLynx Website Project - Using the GIS
mapping provided with the Rivers Conservation Plan, Hedin Environmental constructed user-friendly maps for this website.
Funding for this project was provided by PA DEP's
Growing Greener Program (Round 2). To learn more about the mapping, click
Stream Signage -
The Susquehanna River Basin Commission provided signs
for streams crossing State routes. SWA coordinated coverage for the
Swatara Water Trail Map - A map that contains
historical, geological and recreational areas of interest to
visitors to the area. This project was completed in
conjunction with DCNR and the PA Fish & Boat Commission. A second
printing of the maps and additional signs were partially funded by Canaan
Valley Institute. Click here
for a list of interesting points on the water
trail. Hard copies of maps are available. Send your
written request and
a stamped, self-addressed, legal sized envelope to SWA, 2302 Guilford St.,
Lebanon PA 17046.
2003-04 Extension -
A September/October 2005 PA Angler & Boater
magazine put out by the PA Fish & Boat Commission, 32-36, featured the Swatara
Water Trail in five full pages. Pretty cool.
This project extended the Swatara Water Trail north
from Jonestown, through Swatara State Park, to Route 645 where the Lower
Little Swatara empties into the main stem Swatara on the south end of Pine
Grove. The previous trail ran 42 miles south to the Susquehanna River. The
trail extension added approximately 18 miles. The Trail
runs through 3 counties and 19 municipalities.
Pine Grove Borough, Pine Grove Township;
East Hanover Township,
Bethel Township, Swatara Township,
Jonestown Borough, North Annville Township,
North Londonderry Township, East Hanover Township;
East Hanover Township, Derry Township, South
Hanover Township, Swatara Township, Lower Swatara Township, Hummelstown
Borough, Londonderry Township, Royalton Borough, Middletown Borough.
include trail maps and signs marking public accesses. Water Trails
were identified in SWA's Swatara Rivers Conservation Plan, and supported by
a study including public participation completed by Simone, Jaffe & Collins
on Swatara State Park. DCNR's Swatara State Park, Lebanon Water Authority,
Willard Heinbach, and Kyle and Tammy Boltz, as well as Union Township,
Jonestown Boro and Schuylkill and Lebanon Counties have provided written
permission for this project, which enables the public to exercise,
appreciate riparian buffers, understand the need to protect floodplains,
wetlands, the natural and cultural heritage of the area as well as
biodiversity of wildlife. Marking trail heads helps users to respect
private property rights too.
Virtual Driving Tour - Come along with
us as we take a virtual tour of the Watershed. The description
of the driving tour includes photos.
Water Quality Monitoring - SWA volunteers
take monthly measurements at WQN211, a monitoring point near the mouth of
Swatara Creek in Middletown. To learn
more and see the sampling results, click here.
Water Works Canoe
Launch - A partnership
between Carmeuse who donated the limestone and hauling, the PA Fish &
Boat Commission who owns the property, and Swatara Watershed Association
who coordinated the project to improve the Water Works access took place on
Wednesday, June 27, 2001. Local contractor Warren Kessler donated a
backhoe to help place large pieces of dolomite on the eroding bank. SWA
adopted the launch, and yearly litter
(2004)are done. More @
June 27, 2001 Minutes
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Intern Opportunities - SWA is always
looking for bright, energetic individuals who want to learn how a grassroots
all-volunteer organization ticks. Your opportunities are endless--from
grant research, writing, tracking, and filing of reports to web site editing,
newsletter writing and editing, organizing a canoe and litter cleanup/sojourn,
creating a historical archive and writing press releases--mostly from the
Watershed office--or in the field doing water quality testing, canoe launch
inspections and repairs, installing signs, or canoeing and cleaning up the
Swatara. No, we can't offer a salary, but we can write a letter of
reference that may help in your next job interview. Send your letter of
interest along with a brief biography to the SWA office, 2302 Guilford St.,
Lebanon PA 17046.