Best Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing in Pennsylvania

This list represents the most popular flatwater kayaking & canoeing in Pennsylvania. Use this list to plan your next Pennsylvania flatwater kayaking & canoeing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Oswayo Creek (Shinglehouse, PA to Toll Gate, NY)

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    Shinglehouse, PA

    The name Oswayo is the English interpretation of an Indian name but no one knows for sure what it means. For most of its route, Oswayo Creek is wide (50 to 75-feet wide) and deep in springtime. ...
    •  4 - 5 hours
    •  12.4 miles
    •  Guide

    The name Oswayo is the English interpretation of an Indian name but no one knows for sure what it means. For most of its ...

  • #2 Conestoga River

    1 Reviews

    Lancaster, PA

    Americas first steamboata harbinger of the modern industrial agegot its start on the Conestoga River in Lancaster County, famous today for its Pennsylvania DutchAmish community that eschews such ...
    •  3 to 5 hours
    •  9.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Americas first steamboata harbinger of the modern industrial agegot its start on the Conestoga River in Lancaster County, ...

  • #3 Ricketts Glen State Park—Lake Jean

    2 Reviews

    Benton, PA

    Waterfalls, mountains, steep gorges, birds, centuries-old hemlock forests, islands, and even more waterfalls are yours to enjoy at this magnificent park.
    •  2.0–2.5 hours
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    Waterfalls, mountains, steep gorges, birds, centuries-old hemlock forests, islands, and even more waterfalls are yours to ...

  • #4 Speedwell Forge Lake

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    Lititz, PA

    Enjoy abundant birds and wildlife in this quiet gem.
    •  2.0–2.5 hours
    •  Guide

    Enjoy abundant birds and wildlife in this quiet gem.

  • #5 Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area

    1 Reviews

    Kleinfeltersville, PA

    This lake and surrounding grounds are premier spots for birding and wildlife observation.
    •  3.0–3.5 hours
    •  Guide

    This lake and surrounding grounds are premier spots for birding and wildlife observation.

  • #6 Long Pine Run Reservoir

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    Fayetteville, PA

    Waterfowl, mountains, raptors, clean clear water, and a nearby historic forge make this trip a delight.
    •  2.0–2.5 hours
    •  Guide

    Waterfowl, mountains, raptors, clean clear water, and a nearby historic forge make this trip a delight.

  • #7 Presque Isle Lagoons

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    Erie, PA

    This is the only major float in this book that isnt on moving water. Its so unlike anything else in Pennsylvania, though, that its worth a visit, especially if you enjoy wildflowers and wild ...
    •  3 to 5 hours
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    This is the only major float in this book that isnt on moving water. Its so unlike anything else in Pennsylvania, though, ...

  • #8 Kiski River

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    Apollo, PA

    The Kiskiminetas Riveror Kiski (pronounced KISS-key), as its known to localsis a surprisingly nice river thats just recently become known as a place to paddle. Its not a wilderness river, by ...
    •  3 to 4 hours
    •  8.5 miles
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    The Kiskiminetas Riveror Kiski (pronounced KISS-key), as its known to localsis a surprisingly nice river thats just recently ...

  • #9 Octoraro Lake

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    Spruce Grove, PA

    Bald eagles, waterfowl, and other birds, as well as rock cliffs, are attractions at this large lake.
    •  3.5–4.5 hours
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    Bald eagles, waterfowl, and other birds, as well as rock cliffs, are attractions at this large lake.

  • #10 Minsi Lake

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    North Bangor, PA

    Unique wetlands, marble salamanders, scarlet tanager breeding grounds, plentiful wildlife, and a view of the Kittatinny Ridge are yours to enjoy here.
    •  1.5–2.0 hours
    •  Guide

    Unique wetlands, marble salamanders, scarlet tanager breeding grounds, plentiful wildlife, and a view of the Kittatinny Ridge ...

  • #11 Codorus State Park—Lake Marburg

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    Hanover, PA

    Highlights of this lake are two large islands, bald eagles, a wide variety of waterfowl, and hours of paddling to enjoy.
    •  Variable up to 8.0 hours
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    Highlights of this lake are two large islands, bald eagles, a wide variety of waterfowl, and hours of paddling to enjoy.

  • #12 Raystown Branch of the Juniata River

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    Everett, PA

    The path followed by the Raystown Branch of the Juniata looks like the trail of a drunk staggering home after a late night at the bar, zigging and zagging, looping this way and that, meandering ...
    •  4 to 6 hours
    •  13 miles
    •  Guide

    The path followed by the Raystown Branch of the Juniata looks like the trail of a drunk staggering home after a late night ...

  • #13 Youghiogheny River

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    Connellsville, PA

    The Youghiogheny (pronounced yawk-o-GAY-knee) River, or Yough, as its called locally, is most famous for the whitewater in its southern reaches, around places like Ohiopyle State Park. But this ...
    •  5 to 7 hours
    •  14.1 miles
    •  Guide

    The Youghiogheny (pronounced yawk-o-GAY-knee) River, or Yough, as its called locally, is most famous for the whitewater in ...

  • #14 Lehigh River

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    Allentown, PA

    Theres no area of Pennsylvania as densely populated as its southeastern corner, as youll see if you drive through Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, the cities that line this route. This is the ...
    •  4 to 6 hours
    •  11.3 miles
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    Theres no area of Pennsylvania as densely populated as its southeastern corner, as youll see if you drive through Allentown, ...

  • #15 French Creek State Park—Hopewell Lake and Scott’s Run

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    Elverson, PA

    Enjoy waterfowl, raptors, islands, and beaver at this lovely park.
    •  Hopewell Lake: 1.5–2.0 hours; Scott’s Run Lake: 1.0 hour
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    Enjoy waterfowl, raptors, islands, and beaver at this lovely park.

  • #16 Muddy Run Park

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    Holtwood, PA

    This lovely park features waterfowl, shore birds, wading birds, and a large island.
    •  2.0–2.5 hours
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    This lovely park features waterfowl, shore birds, wading birds, and a large island.

  • #17 Susquehanna River

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    Duncannon, PA

    The Susquehanna River Basin as a whole isnt the biggest aroundthe Ohio River watershed is largerbut when it comes to individual rivers, the Susquehanna is the granddaddy of them all in Pennsylvania. ...
    •  3.5 to 5 hours
    •  10.6 miles
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    The Susquehanna River Basin as a whole isnt the biggest aroundthe Ohio River watershed is largerbut when it comes to individual ...

  • #18 Swatara Creek

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    Lebanon, PA

    On a map, this section of Swatara Creek looks like one of those chocolate bunnies you used to get on Easter. You may not see too many rabbits taking this float, but you will have a lot of fun ...
    •  4 to 5 hours
    •  9.6 miles
    •  Guide

    On a map, this section of Swatara Creek looks like one of those chocolate bunnies you used to get on Easter. You may not ...

  • #19 West Branch Susquehanna River

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    Karthaus, PA

    If its wilderness you want, theres no place to get it like the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. Theres nary a road to be found, just a lightly used railroad and a handful of camps, with ...
    •  8 to 12 hours, best done over two days
    •  22.5 miles
    •  Guide

    If its wilderness you want, theres no place to get it like the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. Theres nary a road to ...

  • #20 North Branch Susquehanna River

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    Towanda, PA

    The North Branch of the Susquehanna is a big, beautiful river in its own right, with some dramatic cliffs offering wonderful scenery from the waterline up. This particular trip gives you the ...
    •  6 to 9 hours
    •  18.4 miles
    •  Guide

    The North Branch of the Susquehanna is a big, beautiful river in its own right, with some dramatic cliffs offering wonderful ...