Schuylkill River Sojourn
The 19th Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn took place June 3-9, 2017. Over the course of 7 days, 221 people from 12 states participated, with 70 making the whole 112-mile journey from Schuylkill Haven to Philadelphia. Along the way, they heard presentations that focused on the theme "I Protect the Schuylkill River." It was an amazing week full of fun, laughter, learning and lots of paddling.
Check out this Reading Eagle video about the sojourn:
Read the 19th Annual Sojourn Steward's Blog
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About the 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. In 2016 the Sojourn was honored with a national Public Outreach Project Award from the American Society for Environmental History. Since its inception in 1999, the sojourn has introduced about 4,000 people from 25 states and four countries to paddling the river.
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
Read Highlights of the 18th Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn
About Our sojourn Steward!
Sarah Chudnovsky served as our 2017 Sojourn Steward. Chudnovsky was selected from a competitive group of applicants to conduct daily water quality tests, photograph wildlife and blog about her experiences.
The Sojourn Steward is a position funded through the Schuylkill Action Network. Last year, our 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 on his website phillyskyline.com
About the Bill Trace Scholarship
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.
Read our Blog posts
Highlights from the 17th Annual Sojourn
Highlights from the 16th Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn
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 19 will be charged a $10 late fee. No registrations accepted after May 26.
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Guides and Outfitter info
Kayak rental info
If you wish to rent a kayak, please visit the Take it Outdoors rental information and kayak reservation form.
Special thanks to our 2017 Sojourn sponsors:
Gold Paddler Sponsor: Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad
Silver Paddler Sponsor: Borough of West Conshohocken
Bronze Paddler Sponsors: Pennsylvania American Water • Canoe Susquehanna • The Bad Adventure Company • Trace Pheasantry, Inc.
Kayaker: Philadelphia Water Dept. • Schuylkill County's VISION • Wrigley's Business Products and Services
Patrons: Warrick Jewelers • Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation • The Swisher Studio • Traffic Planning and Design • H&K Group • Colebrookdale Railroad
Donors: O'Donnell, Weiss & Mattei PC • Russell Plywood • Weaver, Reckner & Reinhart Dental Associates • Ateeco Inc./Mrs. T's Pierogies • Miller Designworks • The Evans Network of Companies
Friends: First National Bank • 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