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 Planning a Swatara Outing? Tips:

bullet Updated Map  
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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About SWA

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Our History and Mission

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Officers and Board Members

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Meeting Minutes

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SWA Awards and Publications

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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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The Spirit of Jonestown

The Swatara flows through it.  Mayor Kaffman extended an invitation for SCWA to join in the festivities by participating in "The Spirit of Jonestown" parade on August 11, 2007.  The Swatara Creek Watershed Association said thank you to the community of Jonestown for their support of SCWA and the Swatara Water Trail.  An original trailhead, Jonestown installed a Water Trail sign, and has plans to incorporate and improve the Swatara trailhead into a linear park plan for the Borough.  Partnerships like these are special.  SCWA loves Jonestown! 

Supreme MidAtlantic Trucking provided a flatbed trailer to hold our canoes.  Sponsor banners recognized our many supporters.  To share some of the wildlife we see on Swatara Sojourns, in addition to our canoes on the blue tarps representing the Swatara, we incorporated fish, turtles, and ducks.  As we "floated" through Jonestown, we sang Row, Row, Row your boat, gently down the stream, Merrily, Merrily, Merrily, Merrily, life is such a dream, which Dave Ravegum changed to Row, Row, Row your boat, gently down the street, Merrily, Merrily, Merrily, Merrily, life is such a treat.  We threw Swedish fish to the children, and had a grand time.  People along the way were friendly, smiling, and often joined us in singing.  It was a great day!

Whenever SCWA plans an outing, we usually promise that people will take home lusty tails of adventure.  The Jonestown parade was no exception.  While setting up our float, we saw black smoke in the distance, and heard fire trucks.  A report came back that a barn on Route 22 was on fire.  At the end of the parade, our driver wanted to make sure that we were safe, and didn't want to go onto Route 72 at Bunker Hill to take us back to Supreme.  When we went north to Route 22, we discovered that fire hoses were still across the road, and we had to continue north to the Lickdale to Fredericksburg Road.  It was like a 10-mile hayride in canoes.  The Blue Mountain was beautiful as we wound around country roads.  Turning west, we crossed the Swatara on the iron bridge at the Lickdale Campground.  We joked about getting out and floating back to Supreme.  Along Route 72, people kept waiving and smiling to us.  It can't get any better than that--unless of course we could be on the water.

Thank you, Jonestown, for your hospitality and your spirit!