Registration for Full Trip Will Now Open May 18th

Registration Postponed to May 18, 2021

Schuylkill River Greenways is using a new, custom platform for this year’s Sojourn Registration to provide the easiest process possible for registrants. Custom registration features for this year’s event are taking longer than originally anticipated. For this reason, registration will no longer open May 15th but has been postponed to Tuesday, May 18, 2021. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please return to this page on Tuesday to register for this adventurous event! 

Save the Dates for the 2021 Sojourn

The 23rd Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn will be a 5-day paddle.  The paddling event will begin in Jim Dietrich Park on July 31, 2021 and end in Philadelphia on Aug. 4, 2021. People can register for one day, multiple days, or all five days. Registration for the full trip (all 5 days) opens May 18. The following week on May 25, registration will open for individual days. 

Sojourn FAQs, Policies, Waivers and More

Sojourn Registration Includes

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 general information and policies

Click here for what to bring and wear

Sojourn Fees 

Full Trip $585

Individual Days $117 per day

Members receive a 10% discount. All registrations received after July 16, 2021 will be charged a $10 late fee. No registrations accepted after July 23, 2021.

Sojourn Waivers

ACA Waivers

The American Canoe Association (ACA) Waiver can’t be completed online. Please click the links below to download and print the waiver, then have the completed form ready to submit in person during check-in for the Sojourn.

Kayak & Canoe Boat Rentals

Kayak rentals are handled by Take it Outdoors Adventures. Rentals range from $40 to $265 depending on how mays days of the sojourn you’ll need a boat rental. Life vests and paddles are included. Fees are paid directly to the outfitter. Please Click Here to rent a boat as soon as possible. You can also contact Take It Outdoors Adventures at the email or call 610-656-3969.

Register Now for the Port Clinton Paddle & Ribbon Cutting

Because adjustments were made to the 2021 event due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Schuylkill River Sojourn won’t begin in Schuylkill County. Traditionally day 1 of the Sojourn starts in Schuylkill Haven and ends in Port Clinton. But you can paddle part of this journey on June 3rd for the Port Clinton Paddle & Ribbon Cutting. Click Here or the button below for more details and to register. Spacing is limited!

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Changes Made to the 2021 Sojourn

Adjustments have been made to the 2021 event because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of taking place during the first week of June, the Sojourn will begin on the last day of July. The Sojourn is starting later in the summer this year to allow more time for people to become vaccinated and for COVID cases to decrease, which will make it possible for more people to attend. The headwaters of the river tend to have decreased water flow and are more shallow later in the summer, making it difficult to navigate by boat. For this reason, the 2021 Sojourn will begin further downriver at Jim Dietrich Park.

We hope the 2022 Schuylkill River Sojourn will be back to normal, beginning the first full week of June.  Traditionally, the Sojourn is a 7-day, 112-mile guided paddle that begins from Schuylkill Haven and ends seven days later in Philadelphia. Organized by the Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area, the sojourn has evolved into a popular paddling event that has allowed more than 4,000 people from 25 states and four foreign countries to paddle the revolutionary river.

The 22nd Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn Took Place From Aug. 9 – Aug. 16.

The 22nd Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn went virtual for the first time in 2020 and featured two evening video live streams on August 9 and 16, hosted by longtime Sojourn Guide Matt Stan of Bad Adventures. About 150 people participated in the 2020 Sojourn. For the virtual event, SRG produced “Schuylkill Soaring,” an original short film celebrating recreation on the river through stunning imagery from land, water and air. Starting in the lush landscapes of the headwaters in Schuylkill County, the film included a virtual journey through both rural and urban communities in Berks, Montgomery, and Chester Counties, with a paddler’s arrival at the picturesque Philadelphia skyline. The short film premiered during the 2020 Schuylkill River Virtual Sojourn.

More Details about the 22nd Annual Sojourn

The virtual Sojourn also included a Schuylkill Trivia tournament, video interviews and a live auction of Schuylkill River water trail signs. An in-person guided paddling experience was offered on three separate days: Aug 14, 15 and 16. The paddle began at Pottstown Riverfront Park and ended in the Phoenixville Area. Participants received boxed lunches, practiced social distancing, and used masks.

For the first time, a Schuylkill Selfie Contest was embedded into the 2020 Virtual Sojourn. People took pictures of their individual paddling trip on the Schuylkill River (or any body of water) and entered the contest for a chance to win a free day on the 2021 Sojourn. People were asked to submit their most ridiculous, silliest, and outlandish paddling photo taken on a waterway. The funniest photos were chosen for the Top 10 Countdown, revealed during the Virtual Sojourn video live stream on Aug. 16, 2020. Although different from previous years, the 2020 Sojourn was an unforgettable and adventurous journey of the river.

Special Thanks to Our 2019 Sojourn Sponsors

Gold Paddler Sponsor: Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad Company

Silver Paddler Sponsor: Tompkins VIST Bank * The Lewis Group

Bronze Paddler Sponsor: PA American Water * The Bad Adventure Company * Take It Outdoors Adventures * Trace Pheasantry, Inc.

Kayaker Sponsors: Schuylkill County Visitors Bureau * Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation * O’Donnell, Weiss & Mattei, P.C. * Tooth of the Lion * Wrigley’s Business Products & Services LLC * Aqua PA * Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission * Philadelphia Water Department

Patrons: Warrick Jewelers * Traffic Planning & Design, Inc * Main Line Sail and Power Squadron * Montgomery County Community College * Rodger Krause CPA Incorporated

Donors: Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania, PC * Weaver, Reckner & Reinhart Association * Toll Brothers * Boyer Engineering LLC * Spotts Insurance Group Inc. * DESCCO Design & Construction * Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust * DBA The Swisher Studio * Chester County Ciders

Friends: Pottstown Parks & Recreation * Bause Catered Events

The Sojourn is also made possible through funding from the PA Organization 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.

Sponsorship Opportunities

About the Annual Schuylkill River 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.

Please Note: The 2020 Sojourn event was altered because of COVID-19 guidelines.  These details describe a normally scheduled Sojourn and do not necessarily apply to the 2020 or 2021 event.

Sojourn Registration Includes:

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 general information and policies

Click here for what to bring and wear

Click here for Sojourn Frequently Asked Questions


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 17 will be charged a $10 late fee. No registrations accepted after May 24.

Guides & Outfitter Info
Kayak Rental Info

If you wish to rent a kayak, please visit the Take it Outdoors rental information and kayak reservation form.

FREE Sojourn Opportunities

There are opportunities for people to participate in the Schuylkill River Sojourn at no cost to them. Click on the tabs below to learn about the Bill Trace Scholarship and the Sojourn Steward position, both ways to paddle in the sojourn for free.

Bill Trace Scholarship for First-Time Sojourners

In memory of Bill Trace, a longtime sojourner and devoted member of Schuylkill River Greenways, a fund has been established through the generosity of his family and friends enabling us to offer a free one-day trip on the annual Schuylkill River Sojourn to three people who have never before been on the sojourn. This scholarship is only open to those 18 years and older. To apply, you will need to fill out the one page application which will be available when registration opens. The application deadline is TBD. 

Schuylkill Action Network Sojourn Steward


The Schuylkill Action Network (SAN) will provide a full-week scholarship ($700 value) for an enthusiastic individual with paddling, photography, and social media experience to photo-document and help identify plants and wildlife along the river during the week-long sojourn excursion. The steward will be asked to present his or her findings on the final evening. 

Sojourn Steward Expectations

  • Participate in the entire Schuylkill River Sojourn (Sat, June 6 – Fri, June 12, 2020).
  • Research historic, industrial places along the Schuylkill River. Be prepared to share how those places have changed and what impacts they had/have on the river.
  • Take photos of the historic places now. You can use either your own camera or the waterproof camera provided.
  • Post social media updates to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram during lunch and evening breaks. (E.g., show "then and now" side by side photos; click here for an example)
  • Interact with sojourn participants - teach them about industry along the Schuylkill River over the years, how it's changed and what impacts it has had on the environment.
  • Present at the end of Sojourn about your experience.

All materials and supplies will be provided to the Sojourn Steward by the Schuylkill Action Network (SAN).

Application Deadline is TBD

The application will be available when registration opens

For questions, please contact Virginia Vassalotti at or 302-655-4990 x121.


Thank you to the Spring-Ford Area School District Ram Country TV Station for creating this video about the 2019 Sojourrn stop in Royersford.

Public Outreach Project Award

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.