Canoe ~ Kayak ~ SUP ~ Raft ~ Rescue


Paddling Clubs

American Canoe Association–certifies most canoe & kayak instructors in the US

Three Rivers Paddling Club–Pittsburgh, PA

Bennscreek Canoe Club–Johnstown, PA

Lehigh Valley Canoe Club–Lehigh Valley, PA

Canoe Club of Greater Harrisburgh, Pa–Harrisburgh, PA

Northeast PA Kayak School–Jim Thorpe, PA

Philadelphia Canoe Club–Philadelphia, PA

Lancaster Canoe Club–Lancaster, PA

Harrisburg Canoe Club–Harrisburg, PA

Conawago Canoe Club–York, PA

College/University Outing Clubs

Carnegie Mellon University, Explorers Club

Pennsylvania State University, Penn State Outing Club

Temple University Outdoor Club

University of Pennsylvania, Outing Club

State Parks with Paddle SportsDCNRKeystoneLogo

Ohiopyle State Park, Fayette County PA

Morain State Park, Butler County PA

Tyler State Park, Bucks County PA

Nockamixon State Park, Bucks County PA

Marsh Creek Lake, Chester County PA

List of State Parks in Pennsylvania

Annual Paddlesport Events

Paddlesports Events Calendar

ACA Adaptive Paddling Summit

ACA Instructor Trainer Conference

ACA National Paddlesports Conference

ACA Safety Education & Instruction Council (SEIC)

ACA Board of Directors


Paddlesport Races/Competition

The ACA hosts 6 National Championships each year:

  • Canoe Poling
  • Canoe Sailing
  • FreeStyle Canoeing
  • Open Canoe Slalom
  • Whitewater Open Canoe Downriver
  • Collegiate Race Series National Championships

The Collegiate Race Series is open to any type of collegiate paddling programs and individual paddlers currently enrolled in a college or university. There are individual and team races in kayak, solo canoe, tandem canoe, and SUP. The Collegiate Race Series also incorporates a BIC SUP One Design Challenge. Whether you have an experienced paddling program or one that is just starting up, all are welcome. Paddlesports provide students with fun and exciting experiences, and equips them with skills and enthusiasm for a sport that can mature into a lifetime and family activity.  

Collegiate National Championships

ACA Competition Calendar

Benscreek Canoe Club Races

Benscreek Canoe Club SUP Race & Demo

Benscreek Canoe Club Freestyle Rodeo

Larry March Slalom Races (Penn Cup Series)—Lehigh Valley Canoe Club

Canoe Club of Greater Harrisburg, PA Fiddler’s Elbow Slalom Race

Canoe Club of Greater Harrisburg, PA Kipoma Races



ACA Water Trails Database

To have Water Trails Added

Stony Creek

Lehigh River Water Trail

Lehigh River Water Trail and Gauges

Blue Marsh Lake Map


Whitewater Message Boards


Whitewater Locations

Lehigh River

Leonard Harrison State Park

McConnelss Mill State Park

Nockamixon State Park

Ohiopyle State Park

Ralph Stover State Park

Worlds End


Boating Locations in General in PA (from PA DCNR site)



Pennsylvania State Agencies and NGOs

Bradywine Valley Association

Brodhead Watershed Association

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Delaware Riverkeeper Network

Department of Agriculture

Friends of Nockamixon State Park

State Conservation Commission

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Department of Environmental Protection

EPA Surf Your Watershed

Friends of the Chemung River Watershed

Lackawanna River Corridor Association

Mountain Watershed Association

Office of Travel, Tourism, and Film

Pennsylvania Environmental Council

Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers

Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy

Schuylkill River Nation and State Heritage Area

Susquehanna River Basin Commission

US Army Corps of Engineers

Watershed Atlas

Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association


Paddling Instruction

The ACA offers courses in the following paddlesports disciplines:

  • Adaptive Paddling
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Rafting
  • Safety & Rescue
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding

The ACA offers four types of courses:

  • Skills-designed to expose and develop participants skills, offered in all disciplines and at all levels.
  • Skills Assessments-participants must successfully complete a checklist of skills in order to receive a certificate from the ACA
  • Certifications-Instructor Certification Workshops (ICSWs) are offered in all paddlesports disciplines
  • Endorsements-a certified ACA Instructor can become endorsed to teach additional, specialized courses

ACA calendar of upcoming courses listed by discipline

ACA instructors listed by discipline/state

Northeast PA Kayak School

Rocky Mountain Kayak


Canoeing Companies

Youghiogheny River

Laurel Highlands Canoeing History

Youghiogheny Canoe Outfitters Kayaking Pittsburgh Canoe Rentals

Hazelbaker’s Bottom Yough Outfitters Canoe Trips

Pine Creek, The “Grand Canyon” of Pennsylvania

Canyon Cruises Canoe Trips

Pine Creek Outfitters Canoe Rental

Lake Nockamixon

Nockamixon Canoe Rental

Nature’s Way Canoe & Kayak Sales

Raccoon Creek

Larry Beighey’s Raccoon Creek State Park Boat Rentals

Lake Erie

Presque Isle Canoe Rental

Loyalhanna Water Trail

Laurel Highlands Livery Kayak & Canoe Trips

PA DCNR State Parks for Canoeing/Kayaking

Canoeing/Kayking in PA


Kayaking Companies

Youghiogheny River

Wilderness Voyageurs Kayak Instruction

Laurel Highlands Guided Kayaking

Ohiopyle Trading Post Kayak Instruction

Youghiogheny Canoe Outfitters Kayaking Pittsburgh Kayak Rental

Hazelbaker’s Bottom Yough Outfitters Kayak Trips

Lehigh River

White Water Challengers Kayaking Clinics

Whitewater Rafting Adventures Kayaking Trips and Instruction

Jim Thorpe River Adventures Inflatable Kayaking

Extreme Adventure Travel Outfitters Inflatable Kayaking

Pine Creek, The “Grand Canyon” of Pennsylvania

Pine Creek Outfitters Kayak Rental

Canyon Cruises Kayak Rental

Lake Nockamixon

Nockamixon Sit-on-top Kayak Rental

Nature’s Way Canoe & Kayak Sales

LL Bean Outdoor Discovery School Kayaking Courses

Blue Marsh Lake

The CRANK Pedal-Drive Kayak Sales

Raccoon Creek

Larry Beighey’s Raccoon Creek State Park Boat Rentals

Lake Erie

Presque Isle Kayak Rental

Loyalhanna Water Trail

Laurel Highlands Livery Kayak & Canoe Trips

PA DCNR Canoeing/Kayaking in State Parks

State Park Canoeing/Kayaking

Stand Up Paddleboarding Companies

Pittsburgh Waterways

SurfSup Adventures

Youghiogheny River

Wilderness Voyageurs Stand Up Paddle Instruction

Laurel Highlands Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga

Riversport Stand Up Paddleboard Rentals

Pocono Mountain Lakes

Pocono Paddleboard and Fitness Tours and Lessons

Lake Nockamixon

LL Bean Outdoor Discovery School Stand Up Paddleboarding Courses

Nockamixon Stand Up Paddle Rental

Blue Marsh Lake

The CRANK Stand Up Paddle Instruction

Susquehanna River

Trail Blazor Adventures Stand Up Paddleboarding


Rafting Companies

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


Swiftwater Rescue Sites

Whitewater – This is ACA rescue chief Sam Foukes site, full of teaching tips.

Mountain Watershed Association

Mountain Watershed Association

CFS – Slim Ray’s site sells his books and archives many of his articles.

Wayne Sundmacher’s Swiftwater RESCUE Site – Take a course from my co-author!

Mike Mather’s Rescue Site – get in touch with one of today’s top instructors.

Special Rescue Services – Rescue III founder Jim Seggerstrom’s site.

Rescue III International – The leading training program for first responders.

Rescue Source – Well-known swiftwater rescue gear supplier.

NRS Rescue – Their special river rescue catalogue.


Adaptive Paddling Companies

Western and Southwestern PA

Dynamic Paddlers

Three Rivers Rowing Adaptive Paddling

Team River Runner Pittsburgh

River House PA

Achilles International Pittsburgh

Three Rivers Adaptive Sports

Strong as Steel Adaptive Sports

Three Rivers Park District

Southeastern PA

Team River Runner Southeast PA

Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports Programs

Achilles International Philadelphia


Paddle Fishing Companies

Youghiogheny River

Ohiopyle Trading Post Fishing Trips and Rentals

Wilderness Voyageurs Fly Fishing Trips

White Water Adventurers Fishing Trips and Rentals

Nemacolin Woodlands Fly-Fishing Boat Floating Trips and Lessons

Hazelbaker’s Boat Rentals

Raccoon Creek

Larry Beighey’s Raccoon Creek State Park Boat Rentals

Lake Erie

Port Erie Sports Boat Rentals

Presque Isle Beach Boat Rentals

Erie County’s Recreational Passport Events Calendar

Central PA

Sky Blue Outfitters Guided Trips

Grounded Guiding Trips

Pymatuning Lake Association

Events Calendar

Fishing Map

Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission

Fishing by County

Events Calendar

Environmental Education

Backyard Environmental Education


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