The 19th Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn
June 3-9, 2017
Program Theme: I Protect the Schuylkill
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
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
About Our sojourn Steward!
Congratulations to Sarah Chudnovsky! She will serve as our 2017 Sojourn Steward. Chudnovsky was selected from a competitive group of applicants to conduct daily water quality tests, photograph wildlife and blog about her experiences. The Sojourn Steward is a position funded through the Schuylkill Action Network. Last year, our Sojourn Steward was Bradley Maule who did an incredible job giving a daily re-cap of the day and observing trash problems. Check out his posts on his website phillyskyline.com
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.
This year's recipients are Joanne & Miranda Conley who will paddle on Tuesday, June 6.
Read our Blog posts
Highlights from the 17th Annual Sojourn
Highlights from the 16th Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn
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.
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:
Gold Paddler Sponsor: Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad
Silver Paddler Sponsor: Borough of West Conshohocken
Bronze Paddler Sponsors: Pennsylvania American Water • Canoe Susquehanna • The Bad Adventure Company • Trace Pheasantry, Inc.
Kayaker: Philadelphia Water Dept. • Schuylkill County's VISION • Wrigley's Business Products and Services
Patrons: Warrick Jewelers • Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation • The Swisher Studio • Traffic Planning and Design • H&K Group • Colebrookdale Railroad
Donors: O'Donnell, Weiss & Mattei PC • Russell Plywood • Weaver, Reckner & Reinhart Dental Associates • Ateeco Inc./Mrs. T's Pierogies • Miller Designworks • The Evans Network of Companies
Friends: First National Bank • 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