Schuylkill River Sojourn

The 18th Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn ran from June 4-10.

Program Theme: Centennial of the National Park Service

As always, the 18th Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn was an amazing event. We had a total of 205 paddlers doing all or part of the trip, and a record number, 79, paddled the entire 112 miles from Schuylkill Haven to Philadelphia. Every day was filled to capacity with over 110 boats on the water. And each leg of the trip included truly enjoyable experiences on the river and with one another. We thank everyone who participated, either by kayaking or providing meals and services. The sojourn is always a week to remember, and 18th Annual sojourn was among the very best. Read Highlights of the 18th Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn

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

About our sojourn Steward

The Schuylkill Action Network provided a full-week scholarship for a Sojourn Steward who could photo-document the entire excursion and note litter problem areas. The first ever Sojourn Steward was Bradley Maule, who did an incredible job giving a daily re-cap of the day and observing trash problems. Check out his posts and his not-to-be missed photographs on his website

  • 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

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 Blog posts

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