Schuylkill River Sojourn

Save the Date!

The 18th annual Schuylkill River Sojourn is planned for June 4-10, 2016

Registration opens April 1, 2016

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.

About the 2015 Sojourn

The 17th Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn was held from June 6-12. It was an amazing week full of fun, adventure and lots of paddling. We had 184 participants from 14 states, and Switzerland. A record breaking number of full-trippers, 73, took the full 7-day, 112-mile journey, and we reached our maximum allowable boats (100-120) for each of the sojourn's seven days!

Check out our Facebook photos, or search #schuylkillsojourn

Read our Blog post Highlights from the 17th Annual Sojourn

Earlier blog posts:

Highlights from the 16th Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn

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 ~ Complimentary T-shirts ~ Gear and boats transported for multi-day participants ~ Educational programs and/or musical entertainment at all lunch and evening stops. Click here for more sojourn details

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

Guides and Outfitter info

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

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

Kayak rental info

New this year: 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 2015 Sojourn sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor: Reading Blue Mountain & Northern R.R.

Silver Paddler Sponsor: Borough of West Conshohocken

Bronze Paddler Sponsors: Pennsylvania American Water • Canoe Susquehanna • The Bad Adventure Company • Trace Pheasantry • Lifetime Products Inc. • McTish Kunkel & Associates • PPL Corporation

Kayaker Sponsors: Wrigley's Office Supply • Montgomery County Community College • Peter Johnston & Associates, LLC • Warrick Jewelers

Patrons: Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation • Traffic Planning & Design, Inc. • Cabela's • National Penn Bank • B&G Glass

Donors: The Swisher Studio • Campbell Thomas & Co • O'Donnell, Weiss & Mattei PC • Evans Network of Companies • Ateeco, Inc. • Bird Control Services Inc. • Campbell Thomas & Co. • BCM Engineering • LYNX Computer Technologies, Inc. • Wilson Consulting Group, Inc. •

Friends: Schuylkill County Visitors Bureau • Bause Catered Events • DiCello Chiropractic •

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