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.

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


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. There…
From the guidebook "Take a Paddle: Western New York"
Shinglehouse, PA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 12.4 miles
Published by Footprint Press

#2. Ricketts Glen State Park—Lake Jean


Waterfalls, mountains, steep gorges, birds, centuries-old hemlock forests, islands, and even more waterfalls are yours to enjoy at this magnificent park.…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania"
Benton, PA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#3. Faylor Lake and C


These lakes offer raptors, waterfowl, freshwater marshes, and islands.…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania"
Troxelville, PA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#4. Tuscarora and Locust Lake State Parks


Tall shoreline hills, raptors, and waterfowl are all found around both lakes.…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania"
Barnesville, PA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#5. Mauch Chunk Lake Park


A backdrop of a long mountain range, birds of prey, waterfowl, and the nearby historic town of Jim Thorpe are yours to enjoy when you visit this lake.…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania"
Jim Thorpe, PA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#6. Beltzville State Park


Enjoy steeply wooded cliffs, rock faces, crystal clear water, a hike to a waterfall, and abundant wildlife at this lake.…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania"
Lehighton, PA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#7. Minsi Lake


Unique wetlands, marble salamanders, scarlet tanager breeding grounds, plentiful wildlife, and a view of the Kittatinny Ridge are yours to enjoy here.…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania"
North Bangor, PA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#8. Little Buffalo State Park—Lake Holman


Raptors, aquatic mammals, woodland birds, and a historic grist mill are the highlights of this park.…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania"
Newport, PA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#9. Memorial Lake State Park


Enjoy bluebirds, waterfowl, butterflies, and more at this lovely park.…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania"
Grantville, PA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#10. Nockamixon State Park


Ospreys, waterfowl, a natural rock waterfall, and miles of hiking are attractions of this large lake nestled on the east side of a pretty mountain range.…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania"
Quakertown, PA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#11. Peace Valley State Park—Lake Galena


Here you’ll find waterfowl and pleasant pastoral landscapes interspersed with wooded hillsides.…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania"
New Britain Township, PA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#12. Blue Marsh Lake


Steeply wooded hillsides, scenic views, and abundant wildlife provide hours of paddling pleasure on this large lake.…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania"
Leesport, PA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#13. Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area


This lake and surrounding grounds are premier spots for birding and wildlife observation.…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania"
Kleinfeltersville, PA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#14. Speedwell Forge Lake


Enjoy abundant birds and wildlife in this quiet gem.…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania"
Lititz, PA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

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


Enjoy waterfowl, raptors, islands, and beaver at this lovely park.…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania"
Elverson, PA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#16. Schuylkill River and the Schuylkill Canal


Historic Lock 60, a locktender’s house, a historic canal, wildlife, and a section of the Schuylkill River make this a great destination.…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania"
Oaks, PA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#17. Core Creek County Park—Lake Luxembourg


Enjoy waterfowl and pleasant paddling at this county park.…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania"
Newtown, PA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#18. Silver Lake Park and Magnolia Lake


Silver Lake Nature Center is a 235-acre complex within the 460-acre Silver Lake Park and bordered by Black Ditch Park on the north end. Mill Creek enters Magnolia Lake from Black Ditch Park, then flow…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania"
Bristol, PA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#19. Marsh Creek State Park


Enjoy eagles, waterfowl, hardwood forests, and hills at this lake.…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania"
Downingtown, PA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#20. Hibernia County Park—Chambers Lake


Waterfowl, deer, raptors, frogs, and turtles are part of the wildlife found at this lake.…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania"
Wagontown, PA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books