Registration Open For June 22-24 Wilderness Sojourn On PA’s River Of The Year: The Allegheny River
The Penn Soil Resource Conservation and Development Council is now accepting registrations for the June 22-24 Allegheny River Wilderness Sojourn, just one of the events planned to celebrate the designation of the Allegheny River as the 2017 PA River of the Year.
There will be three days of paddling from June 22 to 24.
The two-day trip will run Thursday and Friday, June 22-23, with the option of a primitive camping experience on Thursday night. The third day is a stand-alone, one-day paddle on Saturday, June 24.
Penn Soil Resource Conservation and Development Council is offering two different trips with different options to appeal to as many people as possible.
The base cost to participate in the two-day trip is $30, which buys registration, sojourn souvenir, water, snacks, educational presentations, a goodie bag, and a picnic supper on Saturday, June 24.
The fee does not cover lodging, boat rentals, shuttles, or meals other than snacks and the Saturday picnic.
Optional canoe or kayak rentals, as well as options to rent the primitive camping equipment and catered camping meal package, and shuttle service for personal boats, are available.
Packages can be customized to suit needs. A motel option will also be available for those who wish to say in a motel Thursday night instead.
Day one will start with paddling from Buckaloons Campground launch and end at “no-name island” near the Tanbark Trail Head. Day two will begin at the island and end at the Tidioute boat launch. Total paddling miles is approximately 20, and the water is flat/class one rapids.
The character of this paddle will be quieter, less rushed, and more relaxing. The camping equipment package will supply you with everything you need for primitive camping except the sleeping bag and pillow.
The nicest part is that the equipment will be transported, set up, and torn down by staff of Allegheny Outfitters.
Another option, available only to campers, is the meal plan. Allegheny Outfitters staff will provide lunch and supper on day one and breakfast and lunch on day two. Meals will use locally available meats and vegetables where possible.
The one day trip will probably be a little more exciting. Saturday is a busy day on the Allegheny River as far as paddles go.
The base fee to participate is $25. This gives you registration, sojourn souvenir, water, snacks, educational presentations, and a picnic supper on Saturday, June 24, and a goodie bag.”
Participants of the one day trip are asked to bring their own water, water bottle, and lunch. This trip starts at the Big Bend area just below Kinzua Dam, nine miles east of Warren. It will end at Allegheny Outfitters Livery just east of Warren. Shuttles will then return everyone to the Big Bend Recreation Area for the picnic supper.
The Saturday, June 24 picnic supper will start at 4 p.m. and is provided to participants of both sojourns.
Also at this time, a tour of the Kinzua Dam just for sojourn registrants will be provided by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Two time slots are available, 4 or 5 p.m. and the time slot will be assigned by Penn Soil.
A limit of 25 people per tour – a total of 50 – is observed and security regulations require a background check the week before for all wishing to attend the Kinzua Dam tour. Each person wishing to reserve a spot needs to fill out the tour registration form with complete information or call 814-726-1441.
Tour spots will be filled on a first come first served basis. Failure to provide all required information will result in denial in participation of the tour. Deadline for submission of registration material is 11:59 p.m. on June 16.
A sojourn is a guided paddle where people knowledgeable about the river give you a tour of the waterway. Also education speakers will address subjects such as wildlife, history, birds, forests, etc., along the way. Sojourns have become a very popular way to get people outdoors and on the many waterways of Pennsylvania.
For all the details, visit the Allegheny River Wilderness Sojourn webpage or call 814-726-1441.
[Posted: June 2, 2017]
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