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American Canoe-Pa Rafting

In Ohiopyle, like in many places in Pennsylvania, rafting started with family companies. During the late ‘50s and ‘60s, the families of whitewater started with Lance and Lee Martin establishing rafting for Scouts, Edward Coleman, a professor of Indiana University, sponsoring student river excursions, and the Mariettas running their rafting business out of their family home. The companies continue that family magic by staying in the family, like the husband wife team of Joel and Robin Means that started a newer company in Ohiopyle, Ohiopyle Trading Post, in 1991. With these family operations, it’s no wonder the park and its river trips are filled with family fun.

In the Lehigh River Gorge there are companies like Whitewater Challengers with over 40 years of experience, Pocono Whitewater with moonlight trips, Whitewater Rafting Adventure’s family-run finesse, or the personal feel of Extreme Adventure Travel Outfitters’ small group tours.

Thought you had to go to Colorado to enjoy a canyon? From March to May you can enjoy the free-flowing waters of Pine Creek, The Grand Canyon of PA. Go with Pine Creek Outfitters or Canyon Cruises founded back in the late ‘40s.

All across the state there are various levels of rafting difficulty, often on the same river, making rafting the perfect activity for almost every age!

 

Youghiogheny River

Wilderness Voyageurs Rafting

Laurel Highlands Rafting

Ohiopyle Trading Post Rafting

White Water Adventurers Rafting

 

Lehigh River

Pocono Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater Challengers Rafting

Whitewater Rafting Adventures Rafting

Jim Thorpe River Adventures Rafting

Extreme Adventure Travel Outfitters Rafting

 

Pine Creek, The “Grand Canyon” of Pennsylvania

Pine Creek Outfitters Rafting

Canyon Cruises Rafting

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1 week ago

ACA - Pennsylvania

Free flowing rivers are good for paddlers too!What if your river (and all rivers) flowed freely from source to sea? This video production may change your perception and perspective of the role your river plays in ecosystem health.

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4 weeks ago

ACA - Pennsylvania

Your ACA-PA Deputy Director made a splash tonight!Four years ago, our Mighty Susquehanna called me back home. I had been living in upstate New York for 17 years, initially in a log cabin in the Adirondacks (trust me on this, that is not as idyllic as it sounds, that one’s now off the bucket list) and then later in the Catskills in the hippy-dippy-free-spirited town of New Paltz.

As I would journey home to my family in Hershey and travel next to our Susquehanna, she would talk to me, nudge me, splash me a bit, and remind me of our connection. I grew up loving this river. I could read her rapids like some people read books.

In 2015, she summoned me back to Pennsylvania to be her voice, and for the past four years, I could think of no job I’d rather be doing than be her Keeper.

I am honored to accept this award ... but not just for me. It belongs to each and everyone of us.

Someone once said that it takes a village to raise a child. I propose that it takes a watershed to raise a river, especially one as wild and unpredictable as this one.

So thank you to everyone here who partnered with me and Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association to amplify the voice. We are being heard.

Thank you to my Board of Directors who never know if they should rein me in or cast me back out. (I suggest the latter.)

Thank you to our funders and sponsors and donors who believe in and believed in us, even when we were just a nonprofit concept on a piece of paper.

Thank you to our river explorers — on our Floating Classroom uncovering science, inside helping me to write the next book for young river stewards, and even in our prisons creating future community leaders.

Next time you’re by the river, take a moment and glance at your reflection as she flows by. Congratulate that person in nature’s mirror. Together, all of us made a difference these past four years. Together, as the MEN AND WOMEN of the Susquehanna, we’ll BE the difference for the next four years and beyond.

The river says thank you. And I do too. Thank you for this recognition.
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