W hen summer rolls
around, it’s time to hit the water! Columbia & Montour Counties benefit from the Susquehanna River, which flows through the counties on its way to the Chesapeake Bay. This makes the area a prime kayaking destination. With ample boat launches and several nearby outfitters, it’s quite simple for anyone to enjoy some river time. Wildlife is abundant on the river - don’t be surprised if you take a paddle break and see a bald eagle soaring overhead. In addition to the river, there are several navigable creeks and streams throughout the counties. If you’ve got the proper licenses, you could even try some kayak fishing. Want a more relaxed paddle? Try one of the area lakes, where you won’t have to worry about coordinating a boat shuttle at the end of your paddle. Both Lake Chillisquaque at the Montour Preserve and Lake Jean at Ricketts Glen State Park offer seasonal kayak rentals, perfect for families looking for an easy option to get right on the water. Don’t have your own kayaks? Coordinate with one of the area’s outfitters to get set up with rental boats and assistance with launching. Never kayaked before? Be sure to read up on kayaking safety tips and procedures to make sure you have a safe journey: itourcolumbiamontour.com/timetokayak. When you’re ready to get paddling, be sure to request a free copy of the Susquehanna River Paddling Guide, which features various river itineraries. Find it at iTourColumbiaMontour.com under the “Request a Brochure” tab.
Susquehanna River Photo by Shane Kiefer
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