Paddling Water Trail Warning in Berks County
Log jam at the bridge

Kayakers trapped at bridge

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Warning: Multiple spans across the Schuylkill River Trail Bridge in Douglassville are blocked due to a log jam. Paddlers should avoid this bridge, which is located between the boat launch in Union Township's Union Meadows Park and Ganshahawny park in Douglass Township. There have been multiple rescues of paddlers who have gotten trapped in that area.

It is recommended that paddlers wishing to go down river pull out at Union Township Recreation Area Boat Launch (also known as Union Meadows Park)and put in at Ganshahawny Park located on Old Philadelphia Pike in Douglassville, until further notice.

Click here for map of hazardous area. Area to be avoided is marked with X's.

The Schuylkill River Heritage Area is working with Lewis Environmental to have the debris removed across all spans. They hope to begin work by Sept. 5, but high water levels could delay the project. Therefore, this area will likely not be safe throughout most of September. Check back for updates.

For detailed information about navigating the river safely and maps of each section, please consider purchasing our award winning "A Paddler's Guide to the Schuylkill River Water Trail."

Contact Information
phone: 484-945-0200


Related information
.pdf: Douglassville Bridge Log Jam Map

Regional Location

Regional Map
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