Schuylkill River Sojourn
The 20th Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn: June 2-8, 2018
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This year's theme: Celebrating 20 Years
Check out this Reading Eagle video about the 2017 sojourn:
Read the 19th Annual Sojourn Steward's Blog
In 2017, 221 paddlers from 12 states, participated in the 19th Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn, 70 of whom made the whole 112-mile journey from Schuylkill Haven to Philadelphia. Along the way, they heard presentations that focused on the theme "I Protect the Schuylkill River."
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.
Join the Sojourn for Free!
You could be our Sojourn Steward!
Once again, through the generosity of the Schuylkill Action Network, we are offering someone the opportunity to serve as our Sojourn Steward. The steward will participate in the full trip at no cost, and will be responsible for photodocumenting plants and wildlife along the way and posting about their experiences on social media and a blog. Camera will be provided as well as a kayak rental if needed. Click here for Sojourn Steward application
Are you a first-time sojourner? Try it for free!
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. Click here 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:
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