Schuylkill River Sojourn
The 20th Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn took place from
June 2-8, 2018
Over 200 paddlers participated in the 20th Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn, with 70 making the entire 112-mile journey from Schuylkill Haven to Philadelphia. Along the way they celebrated the sojourn's 20th anniversary, with great food, great paddling, lots of laughter and music and educational programming at every stop.
If you didn't follow Sojourn Steward Garrett Hoover's social media posts, your sojourn experience is not complete! Check out the Schuylkill Action Network Instagram and Twitter pages for recaps and photos. Garrett identified and documented species found along the river. Visit iNaturalist to view his observations and even add some of your own.
Francesca A. Calarco, National Heritage Area Communications Coordinator at the National Park Service wrote about the sojourn and this year's mentorship program with Reading Area Community College students on the NHA Blog.
Read this Reading Eagle article about the sojourn: Lost a flip-flop, made lots of friends on Schuylkill River Sojourn
Links to the other articles and photos for each publication are on the right.
Check out this Reading Eagle video about the 2017 sojourn:
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
Prefer to register offline? Download a Registration Form & Confirmation Form and mail in your payment along with the sojourn waivers above right.
About our Sojour Steward
For the past several years, through the generosity of the Schuylkill Action Network, the sojourn has incorporated a Sojourn Steward who has helped photodocument and blog about the weeklong journey, highlighting a different environmental aspect of the river each year.
About the Bill trace Award
In memory of Bill Trace, a longtime sojourner and devoted member of the Schuylkill River Greenways NHA, 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. Check back in 2019 for Bill Trace Award Application
Read our Blog posts
Full Trip $655 per adult; $490 per child ages 8-15. Not recommended for children under 8.
Individual Days $100 per adult for Sat-Thurs. (Friday is $90, 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.
Sign up here for newsletters and sojourn email notifications, or call 484-945-0200 or send request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
Platinum Sponsor: J.P. Mascaro & Sons
Gold Paddler Sponsor: Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad Company
Silver Paddler Sponsor: The Lewis Group * Borough of West Conshohocken
Bronze Paddler Sponsor: PA American Water * The Bad Adventure Company * Canoe Susquehanna * Philadelphia Water Department * Trace Pheasantry, Inc. * O’Donnell, Weiss & Mattei, P.C. *Tompkins Vist Bank
Kayaker Sponsors: Schuylkill County Visitors Bureau * Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation * Colebrookdake Railroad Preservation Trust * Warrick Jewelers * Schuylkill County’s VISION * DVRPC
Patrons: Liberty Environmental, Inc. * Rodger Krause CPA Incorporated * Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania, PC * Montgomery County Community College * Traffic Planning & Design, Inc. * Russel Plywood, Inc. * The Swisher Studio * Duane Morris LLP * West Motor Freight of PA * Wrigley’s Business Products & Services
Donors: Weaver, Reckner & Reinhart Associate * Toll Brothers * Delaware River Basin Commission * A.D. Moyer * Evans Network of Companies
Friends: Pottstown Parks & Recreation * Bause Catered Events
The Sojourn is also made possible through funding from the PA Organization 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