Conestoga River

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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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 modern conveniences as electricity, phones, and automobiles for a simpler life. Floating this section of river lets you cover the same stretch of water that the first steamboat reportedly did.

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"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 modern conveniences as electricity, phones, and automobiles for a simpler life. Floating this section of river lets you cover the same stretch of water that the first steamboat reportedly did."

Activity Type: Fishing, Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Lancaster
Distance: 9.5
Access: Easy
Duration: 3 to 5 hours
Class: Class I
Season & Limits: Generally canoeable year-round; possible scratchy spots in late summer
Local Maps: USGS Lancaster and Conestoga; river trail map available from Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation
Driving Directions: Directions to Conestoga River

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May 2018