Juniata River Water Trail
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description:

The beautiful Juniata River flows through central Pennsylvania to where it joins the Susquehanna (a Chesapeake Bay tributary) above Harrisburg. Following the river through its picturesque valley, one can explore the rich cultural and natural heritage of the region. Opportunities abound for seasonal flat-water paddling for individuals and families interested in single or multi-day river trips. Annual river sojourns allow residents and visitors to experience the unique cultural, natural and historical aspects of the waterway.

The Juniata River Water Trail will also be an important link in the developing Pittsburgh-to-Harrisburg Mainline Canal Greenwayâ„¢, which connects and promotes stewardship efforts, recreation opportunities, and heritage development projects throughout the corridor.

The Allegheny Ridge Corporation (ARCorp) manages the Juniata River Water Trail, established as a mapped route for exploring the river by canoe, kayak or small boat. The Juniata River Water Trail includes printed guides for the Upper and Lower Sections of the Juniata, as well as the Raystown Branch. The guides contain detailed maps with river mileage, safety suggestions, and information on and directions to nearby cultural amenities. Interpretive signs and mileage markers are in place at 27 access points along the Upper and Lower Juniata. Printable copies of the JRWT Guides can be downloaded from the Pa. Fish and Boat Commission Web site at http://www.fish.state.pa.us/watertrails/trailindex.htm.

Location / Directions: Directions for reaching access sites along the Juniata River Water Trail can be found on the printed JRWT Guides or on the PA Fish & Boat Commission water trail web page at http://www.fish.state.pa.us/watertrails/trailindex.htm
Mailing Address: Juniata River Water Trail
Allegheny Ridge Corporation
Altoona, PA 16603
Phone: (814) 940-1922
E-mail: info@alleghenyridge.org
Activities: The Juniata River Water Trail provides unique flat-water paddling trips and fishing opportunities. Individuals may want to explore these activities alone, or contact one of the many outfitters in the area, including Rothrock Outfitters of Huntingdon. The Water Trail is also adjacent to multiple land-based recreation opportunities, including the Lower Trail and Canoe Creek State Park.

Boat Access Fishing Canoeing / Kayaking

Operating Hours: Access points to the Juniata River Water Trail are open from sunrise to sunset.
Fees: There are no fees to access the Juniata River Water Trail, although applicable registration fees are required to use the 17 PA Fish & Boat Commission access points on the Juniata River.
Visitor Facilities: There are 49 access sites along the Juniata River Water Trail, identified on the JRWT Guides for the Upper and Lower Juniata and the Raystown Branch. Copies of the JRWT Guides are available by calling (814) 940-1922, or emailing info@alleghenyridge.org, Printable copies of the JRWT Guides can be downloaded from the Pa. Fish and Boat Commission Web site at http://www.fish.state.pa.us/watertrails/trailindex.htm. Eight additional access points exist on the Lake Section of the Raystown Branch, all but one of them managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Raystown Lake information can be accessed at http://raystown.nab.usace.army.mil/index.html.
Length: 240 miles / 386 kilometers
Accessibility: Most access areas are primitive, carry-in sites, though 9 PA Fish and Boat Commission sites are handicapped accessible with 8 o them providing accessible porta-toilets. For accessibility information related to PA Fish and Boat Commission sites, visit their website: http://www.fish.state.pa.us/access_ada.htm
Website: http://www.mainlinecanalgreenway.org
Trail Map & Guide: A trail map and guide is under development.
Safety Info: Remember: safe use of rivers and any designated trails, at any time, is your responsibility! Water trail maps are for informational and interpretive purposes only and are not meant for navigational purposes, nor do they take into account level of skills or ability required to navigate rivers. The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network, the National Park Service and/or the individual trail associations assume no responsibility or liability for any injury or loss resulting directly or indirectly from the use of water trails, maps or other printed or web-based materials. [View a list of water safety tips]
River Classification: Class I, but may encounter some Class II rapids depending on water levels. Read more about the different levels of River Classifications.

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