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 Planning a Swatara Outing? Tips:

bullet Updated Map  Swatara Water Trail map front 3.15MB 10.14.2017.pdf 
bullet Swatara Water Trail map and guide 7MB 10.12.2017.pdf
bullet 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.  Beginners should reschedule at 2.2' deep.  Reschedule 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 too low. 

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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Flooding

About SWA

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Our History and Mission

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Officers and Board Members

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Legacy Giving

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Lifetime Members

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Become a SWA Member

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Support SWA

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SWA Newsletters

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Meeting Minutes

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SWA Awards and Publications

SWA Projects

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Canoe Trips and Sojourn

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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

Swatara on Great Nonprofits: http://www.greatnonprofits.org/reviews/profile2/swatara-watershed-association

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Tourist Destinations
Swatara Creek Watershed

Bolded items are Creekside.   Play & Stay in the Swatara Watershed!   Latitude & Longitude
north to south 40 degrees 76 degrees
Heinbaugh's Ford/Trailer Park Route 645 @ Little Swatara Creek, Pine Grove Township, Schuylkill County 31.95N 23.47W SW Corner
Swatara Vlg, Comfort Inn, Econo Lodge, McDonald's Route 72, Pine Grove Township, Schuylkill County 32.09N 25.58W noC-W Side
Schnoke's Coal Breaker Route 72, Pine Grove Township, Schuylkill County 31.75N 28.51W noC-W Side
Swatara State Park Swope's Valley Road, Pine Grove Township, Schuylkill County 31.35N 28.11W SE Corner
Fossil Beds Old State Rd., Swatara Township, Lebanon County 31.33N 28.76W noC-E Side
Armar Bordner Cabin/Acrigg's Falls Old State Rd., Swatara Township, Lebanon County 30.31N 30.07W noC-E Side
Twin Grove Park, Restaurant, Camp Route 72, Union Township, Lebanon County 30.87N 30.79W noC-W Side
Swatara State Park Twin Grove Park West Bank, Union Township, Lebanon County 30.27N 30.64W W Bank
Swatara State Park Twin Grove Park East Bank, Swatara Township, Lebanon County 29.94N 31.01W E Bank
Swatara State Park Appalachian Trail, Swatara Township, Lebanon County 28.82N 31.91W E Bank
Izaak Walton League Monroe Valley Rd., Union Township, Lebanon County 28.00N 30.66W W Bank
Monroe Valley Golf Course Monroe Valley Rd., Swatara Township, Lebanon County 28.04N 30.34W noC-E Side
Wood's Creek/Bonnie Brook Restaurant Route 72, Union Township, Lebanon County 27.72N 36.95W noC-W Side
Lickdale Campground Fisher Avenue, Union Township, Lebanon County 27.26N 30.38W W Bank
Route 22/Wm Penn Highway Union Township, Lebanon County 25.22N 29.33W NW Bank
Swatara Creek Family Restaurant Main St., Jonestown Borough, Lebanon County 24.75N 29.19W NE Bank
SCWA @ Water Works-adopt-a-launch PA Fish & Boat Commission, Swatara Rd., East Hanover Twsp, Lebanon Cnty 21.99N 31.86W W Bank
Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery Fisher Avenue, East Hanover Township, Lebanon County 25.22N 34.66W noC-W Side
Harper's Tavern Old Rt 22/Jonestown Rd & Rt 934, East Hanover Township, Lebanon County 24.34N 34.69W W Bank
Swatara Creek Inn B&B Old Rt 22/Jonestown Rd., East Hanover Township, Lebanon County 24.17N 34.71W W Bank
SCWA Headquarters 2501 Cmberland St., North Lebanon Township, Lebanon County 20.39N 27.40W noC
Union Canal Canoe Rentals Camp & Golf, Black's Bridge Rd., East Hanover Twsp, Lebanon Cnty 22.18N 36.09W W Bank
Boat House Road Park Boat House Road Park, Derry Township, Dauphin County 18.56N 39.90W SE Bank
Hotel Hershey & Gardens Sand Beach Rd.-Front St.-Hotel Rd., Hershey, Derry Twsp, Dauphin Cnty 18.06N 39.46W noC-E Side
Hershey Park & Giant Stadium Hersheypark Dr., Hershey, Derry Township, Dauphin County 17.37N 40.22W noC-E Side
Swatara Park Hanover St., South Hanover Township, Dauphin County 17.19N 40.72W SW Bank
Hershey Highmeadow Campground Hersheypark Dr., Hershey, Derry Township, Dauphin County 16.22N 41.77W E Bank
Hanover Street Bridge Hummelstown Borough, Dauphin County 16.17N 42.40W E Bank
Hummel Nature Trail Hummelstown Borough, Dauphin County 15.82N 43.36W E Bank
Indian Echo Caverns 3 miles west of Hershey off US Route 322, Dauphin County     E Bank
Clifton Bridge Fulling Mill Road, Lower Swatara Township, Dauphin County 13.81N 43.62W W Bank
Middletown Access PA Fish & Boat Commission, Middletown Borough, Dauphin Cnty 11.20N 44.07W W Bank
Susquehanna River & the TMI Towers straight ahead.      
       
  noC=not on Creek  

Tourist Attractions within driving distance:

Union Canal Tunnel

Cornwall Iron Furnace

Historic Schaefferstown

Pa Renaissance Fair