16th Annual

Schuylkill River Sojourn

June 7-13, 2014


Registration is now open!

The first three days of the Sojourn are now sold out, but plenty of spaces are available on Tuesday through Friday, June 10-13.

Read our blog for details about each of these mid-week days

Click Here to Register

Prefer not to register online? Download a mail-in registration form.

  • All registrants must download and fill out the forms and waivers on the right and mail in with original signatures.

The 16th Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn Theme: Pennsylvania's 2014 River of the Year!

Congratulations to Laura Mikowychok-Smith whose winning River of the Year logo design (shown left) will be featured on sojourn T-shirts and all River of the Year materials. Click here for a day-by-day guide to sojourn programs and presentations.

Kayaks for sale

Thinking of buying a kayak? We have some Emotion kayaks for sale, generously donated by Lifetime Products Inc. We are selling them at a discount, with paddles and PFDs at no addional cost! Learn more.

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.

Read our 2013 blog post Highlights from the 15th Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn.

Sojourn Fees

Full Trip $550 per adult; $420 per child ages 8-15. Not recommended for children under 8.

Individual Days $85 per adult for Sat-Thurs. (Friday is $75, since no dinner is included); $65 per child ages 8-15 for Sat-Thurs. ($55 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 25.

Registration includes:
  • Three meals a day and water/Gatorade at water stops
  • Expert guides
  • Camping arrangements
  • Shuttle back to cars
  • Gear and boats transported for multi-day participants. (Please limit gear to 2 medium or large duffels per person, waterproof preferred).
  • Educational programs and/or musical entertainment at all lunch and evening stops.
  • Complimentary T-shirts

Click here for more sojourn details

Sign up here for newsletters and sojourn email notifications, or call 484-945-0200 or send request to sojourn@schuylkillriver.org.

Guides and Outfitter info

Our Sojourn Outfitter is Doug Chapman, owner of Take it Outdoors Adventure Group.

Our Sojourn guides are Allan, Betsy and Jeremy Quant from Canoe Susquehanna, accompanied by Matt Stan of The Bad Adventure Company

Special thanks to our 2014 Sojourn sponsors:

Gold Paddler Sponsor: Reading Blue Mountain & Northern R.R.

Bronze Paddler Sponsors: Middleton, Kreitz & Associates at Merrill Lynch • Pennsylvania American Water • Wrigley's Office Supply • PPL Corporation

Kayaker Sponsors: Candy Trace • Bill Trace • Peter Johnston & Associates

Patrons: Pottstown Health and Wellness Foundation • Traffic Planning & Design

Donors: Bird Control Services • Campbell Thomas & Co • Reinhart & Company • O'Donnell, Weiss & Mattei PC • Bause Catered Events • Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce • Ateeco, Inc. • Pennsylvania Association of Conservation

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

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