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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
What is a Rivers Conservation Plan?
A Rivers Conservation Plan (also called a
Watershed Conservation Plan, Restoration and Protection Plan or Management Plan)
is a comprehensive document that outlines all of the resources of a watershed
and identifies challenges and problems in that watershed. The main role of
the plan is to present alternative solutions and strategies for preserving and
protecting the watershed resources. Plans are generally developed by
consultants with input and comments from all interested parties.
About Swatara Creek's RCP
The Swatara Creek Rivers Conservation plan was
developed according to the following schedule:
Interest - Completed by SCWA 1998-99
|Data Collection &
Analysis - 12/31/99
Conservation Plan- COMPLETED
|Final PUBLIC MEETINGS
& River Conservation - COMPLETED 9/25/2000
|Listed on PA River
Registry October 14, 2000
|Mackin Engineering, Mechanicsburg PA, was chosen to work in
conjunction with the Swatara Creek Watershed Association to complete data
collection, analysis, and planning necessary to prepare a Rivers
Conservation Plan for the entire Swatara Creek Watershed (approximately 570
square miles). The entire process followed guidelines established by
the DCNR's Rivers Conservation Program.|
|Based on Public Information Meetings hosted by SCWA, water
quality, land use, and recreational uses of the Swatara Creek are primary
issues of concern in the watershed.|
|Mackin reviewed the library of information concerning
Swatara Creek watershed available from SCWA. The data collection step
utilized both a review of existing information and field investigation, both
on land and by canoe. Crucial pieces of information could only be
gathered through field investigation, like protection and enhancement of
riparian buffers. Ideas were incorporated from the Dauphin County
plan, thereby providing a comprehensive document and management plan for the
entire watershed. Watershed data used in the River Conservation Plan
is presented and stored in the GIS database for the watershed.|
|Input from the Steering Advisory Committee, municipalities,
and public directed the management options recommended in the River
Conservation Plan. Management options developed for each of the
prioritized issues obtained during the public information meetings as well
as any other issues that are identified during the data collection and
analysis phase of this project.|
Get Your Own Copy
no idea so many planners would be interested in a hard copy of the Swatara
Watershed Conservation Plan. Most of the information contained in
the plan is available on-line. However, if you
are interested and need a copy, there are several options. Please indicate
which option you would like, the address we should send it to, and a check made
out to the SCWA and mail it to: SCWA,
Street, Suite 2, Lebanon, PA 17042
$10 plus shipping and handling, a CD of the plan that includes Adobe Acrobat
to read the files can be mailed to you. Maps are not included.
The GIS mapping disc is an additional $10 plus shipping and handling.
You must have an ArcView program to operate this disc.
complete hardcopy of the plan with color pictures and charts and the two CDs
(which was provided at no charge to municipalities providing a letter of
support) costs $223.18 (without CDs subtract $20). Why does it cost so
much? A breakdown follows:
3"-3 ring binder with cover sleeve
10 tab divider
141 color copies
101 black & white copies
8 colored maps 17"x11"
labor to go to copy store twice & assemble
2 duplicate CDs (one of the plan & one GIS)
black & white hard copy of the plan with the maps and two CDs costs
$92.55. (without CDs subtract $20)
Read the RCP On-Line
The text of the Swatara Creek RCP is available
on-line. This report was completed in September 2000 by Mackin
Engineering. The table of contents is provided below. Click on the
section you would like to read.
Watershed Conservation Plan
September 20, 2000
View Watershed Maps
Click here to learn about the
watershed maps, download the viewing software, and view the maps.