Schuylkill River Sojourn Registration Now Open!

June 4-10, 2016

The 18th Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn

Program Theme: Centennial of the National Park Service

We're sorry, but the sojourn is sold out. However, you can still be added to a waiting list for Tues. June 7 and Thurs. June 9. The waiting list for all other days is closed. To be added to a waiting list, complete the registration and, if space becomes available, you will be notified.

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The Sojourn was recently honored with a national Public Outreach Project Award from the American Society for Environmental History

Registration Details

Prefer to register by mail? Download a mail-in registration form After you register, please fill out the forms & waivers on the right and mail payment with the signed originals to Schuylkill River Heritage Area, 140 College Dr., Pottstown, PA 19464.

  • We are pleased to announce the recipients of our Sojourn scholarships:

    Bill Trace Scholarship for First Time Sojourners: In memory of Bill Trace, a longtime sojourner and devoted member of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area, a fund has been established through the generosity of his family enabling us to offer a free one-day trip on the Schuylkill River Sojourn to two people who have never before been on the sojourn.

    Ricipients: Susan Rivera and Meg Vilmont

    Schuylkill Action Network Sojourn Steward: The Schuylkill Action Network (SAN) is providing a full-week scholarship for an enthusiastic individual with paddling, photography, and social media experience to photo-document litter problem areas along the river during the week-long sojourn excursion. Recipient: Bradley Maule

About the Schuylkill River Sojourn

The Schuylkill River Sojourn is an annual 112-mile guided canoe/kayak trip on the Schuylkill River that begins in rural Schuylkill Haven and ends seven days later in Philadelphia's Boathouse Row. Participants paddle 14-18 miles per day and can register for the entire trip or as little as one day. Sometimes it is wet and wild. At other times it is peaceful and inspiring. There are a few rapids, calm water, plenty of laughs, songs at the campsites, and celebrations in the river towns. There is a little bit of everything for paddlers throughout the week-long sojourn that begins the first weekend of June. And though the same route is paddled every year, a different river greets us every June.

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Highlights from the 17th Annual Sojourn

Highlights from the 16th Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn

Sojourn Fees

Full Trip $620 per adult; $490 per child ages 8-15. Not recommended for children under 8.

Individual Days $95 per adult for Sat-Thurs. (Friday is $85, since no dinner is included); $75 per child ages 8-15 for Sat-Thurs. ($65 for Friday).

Members receive a 10% discount. All registrations received after May 12 will be charged a $10 late fee. No registrations accepted after May 27.

Registration includes:

Three meals a day and water/Gatorade at water stops ~ Expert guides ~ Camping arrangements ~ Shuttle back to cars ~ Gear transported for multi-day participants ~ Educational programs and/or musical entertainment at all lunch and evening stops. Click here for more sojourn details

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Guides and Outfitter info
Kayak rental info

If you wish to rent a kayak, please visit the Take it Outdoors website for rental information and kayak reservation form.

Special thanks to our 2016 Sojourn sponsors:

Gold Paddler Sponsor: Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad

Silver Paddler Sponsor: Borough of West Conshohocken

Bronze Paddler Sponsors: Pennsylvania American Water • Canoe Susquehanna • The Bad Adventure Company • Trace Pheasantry •

Kayaker Sponsors: Wrigley's Office Supply • Wendi Wheeler • Philadelphia Water Dept. • Montgomery County Community College • McTish, Kunkel & Associates • H&K Group • Wilson Consulting Group •

Patrons: Warrick Jewelers • Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation • BB&T Bank • Traffic Planning and Design

Donors: Ateeco Inc. • O'Donnell, Weiss & Mattei PC • Russell Plywood • Weaver, Reckner & Reinhart Dental Associates • Ateeco Inc./Mrs. T's Pierogies • Campbell Thomas & Co. • Delaware River Basin Commission • Swisher Studio

Friends: Barbara Akins Certified Public Accountant • Bause Catered Events • Schuylkill County Visitors Bureau

The Sojourn is also made possible through funding from the PA Organizatation for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR), and the National Park Service.

The Schuylkill River Sojourn is financed in part by a grant from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, the Environmental Stewardship Fund, under the administration of the PA Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation