Schuylkill River Sojourn

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Please note: The weekend days of the sojourn fill up fast! If you can't get in Saturday, Sunday or Monday, consider signing up for one of our mid-week days. Click here to learn more about the Sojourn's mid-week days

The 19th Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn

June 3-9, 2017

Program Theme: I Protect the Schuylkill

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Click here for 2017 Sojourn Itinerary

Prefer to register by mail? Please download a mail-in registration form & a confirmation form.

All registrants must also send in waivers & medical forms. Links to those forms are located on the right sidebar. If registering online, links are also available on the online registration form.

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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

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

Read Highlights of the 18th Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn

We Need a Photographer!

Here's an opportunity to join the sojourn at no cost. We need an experienced photographer who is comfortable shooting on the water to accompany the sojourn and document the entire journey. We will cover all your costs throughout the trip (including kayak rental if needed). Interest? Please email

About the sojourn Steward
The Schuylkill Action Network will once again provide a full-week scholarship for a Sojourn Steward who will photo-document the entire excursion and note litter problem areas. Last year, our Sojourn Steward was Bradley Maule (left), who did an incredible job giving a daily re-cap of the day and observing trash problems. Check out his posts on his website

Click Here for Sojourn Steward Application

  • 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.

    Click here for Bill Trace Scholarship application

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 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 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


Sojourn Info


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Want to get out and paddle the river before the sojourn? Our new guide can help. Learn more

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