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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  
bullet Swatara Water Trail map and guide 7MB 10.12.2017.pdf
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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/2018 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

SWATARA WATERSHED ASSOCIATION Lebanon, PA USA

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

 

U-Tow Canoes Available, Seasonal Primitive Camping May-October

Welcome! Click on the links below to learn more about our watershed and our organization. 

 

Minutes/Statement of Importance of the

Visit one or several of these fine local eateries during Swatara Food & Brew Weekend.

July 13-15, 2018.

Support Swatara Clean Water Projects.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Creek.pdf

Swatara Water Trail --

bulletMembership  Give the gift of water Lifetime Members
bulletBordner Cabin  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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Swatara Sojourn 2018:  Celebrating a Cool River--the Swatara  30th Anniversary
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More information  Swatara Sojourn May 5-6, 2018

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Sponsor Forms 
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Individual canoe/Steward Sponsor Form Upper Swatara.pdf

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Business canoe/2018 Sponsor Opportunity Lower Swatara.pdf

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Paddle Registration Form canoe/2018 Sojourn Registration.pdf

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Updated Map  Swatara Water Trail map and guide 7MB 10.12.2017.pdf

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Map canoe/2016 Map w Pics.pdf

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Depth  USGS Guages

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Swatara Store  www.mlspe.com/swatarawatershed

bulletSwatara Watershed Park: 1929 Black's Bridge Road, Annville PA
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U-Tow Canoes Available http://www.mbcomp.com/swatara/redirect/watertrail/canoe_rent.htm

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Seasonal Primitive Camping Camp/2018 Campsite Agreement.pdf

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Fishing, hiking, picnicking

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Most recent Newsletter:  2017 Swatara News .pub.pdf

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Pipelines, Natural Gas & Marcellus Shale
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A Conversation on Marcellus  2011

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Tenaska  Marcellus and Pipelines - Playlist

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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 

Mark your calendar for the 2018 Swatara Food & Brew weekend. 

July 13-15, 2018. Your support of our Clean Water projects will be greatly appreciated. Order

the Swatara Special at any of these fine establishments:

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Babes

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Batdorf

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Brass Rail

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Forrest Feed

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Fredericksburg Eagle Hotel

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Gin Mill

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Harper's Tavern

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Heisey's Diner

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Irv's Pub

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Mooses LZ

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Mt. Gretna Craft Brewery

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Quentin Tavern

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Red Canoe General Store-Coffee Bar & Gourmet Market

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Rotunda Brewing Co.

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Snitz Creek Brewery

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Swatara Coffee Co.

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Tattered Flag Brewery

Learn more:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwsEs86ROrs

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!

 

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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 SpecialBabe'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, Campbelltown; & 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. 

 

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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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