Susquehanna River Water Trail - Lower Section
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description: From Harrisburg to Havre de Grace, this 65 mile stretch of the Susquehanna shows off the scope of this largest tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. The Lower Susquehanna Water Trail helps boaters, canoeists and kayakers explore and enjoy the river's history and scenic beauty.

This section of the Susquehanna offers a tremendous diversity of natural and built environments. From the industrial yards of Steelton to the Conejohela Flats - an internationaly renowned bird habitat - the lower section of the Susquehanna is a contrast of working river and wilderness.

A map & guide and interpretive panels at access points guide users to the water trail from Harrisburg to the Mason-Dixon line. The remaining stretch to Havre de Grace is now under development.

Please note that boating, canoeing, kayaking and other activities on rivers can be dangerous. Obtain a water trail map and guide in advance, plan your trip, and follow all safety precautions.

Location / Directions:

The Lower Susquehanna Water Trail is accessible at multiple points between Harrisburg, PA and Havre de Grace Maryland. Order a water trail map and guide for detailed directions to various access points.

Mailing Address: Susquehanna River Water Trail - Lower Section
Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area
Wrightsville, PA 17368

Experience the Lower Susquehanna Water Trail by boat, canoe or kayak. When on the river, you can fish, look for wildlife, visit riverside communities, or just enjoy the experience of floating downstream. A hiking route, the Mason-Dixon Trail, parallels the river for much of the water trail’s length. It is accessible from several launch sites on the west bank of the river.

Be sure to consult the water trail guide, detailed maps and local conditions prior to any river trip! Follow all safety precautions.

Boat Access Fishing Canoeing / Kayaking

Operating Hours: Launch sites along the Susquehanna are open all day, spring through fall. Do not go on the river during flooding or high water.
Fees: There are no fees for launch site use.
Visitor Facilities: There are many existing public launch sites along the water trail route. Launch sites provide parking and access to the river. Informational and interpretive signs for the water trail are installed at many sites. Consult the water trail map and guide for more details on launch site facilities.
Length: 65 miles / 105 kilometers

The following product(s) are available to enhance your experience at this Gateway. Click on the title below for a more detailed description.

Susquehanna River Water Trail (Lower Section) Map & GuideSusquehanna River Water Trail (Lower Section) Map & Guide - Full color, water-proof paper, with protective, resealable, vinyl envelope.
Price: $15.00 
Trail Map & Guide: A trail map and guide is available and can be ordered online here.
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: Usually a Class I. But boaters will occasionally encounter Class II or III whitewater. Read more about the different levels of River Classifications.

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