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Registration is open for both the full trip and individual days. Register for 1 day, multiple days or all 5 days! Spaces fill up fast so make your registration today. 

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Sojourn Registration Includes:

Three meals a day, water and Gatorade at stops, expert guides, camping arrangements, shuttle back to cars, gear transported for multi-day participants, and educational programs, music or games at all lunch and evening stops

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. People participating on Day 1, July 31st, will have the option to check-in the night before at Jim Dietrich Park between 4 and 7 p.m., then camp overnight. 

Sojourn FAQs, Policies, Waivers & More

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

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 noah@takeitoutdoorsadventures.com or call 610-656-3969.

Changes to 2021 Sojourn Because of Covid-19

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.

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Schuylkill Soaring Film

The SRG produced “Schuylkill Soaring,” is an original short film celebrating recreation on the river through stunning imagery from land, water and air. The film premiered during the 2020 Virtual Sojourn. 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 2020 Schuylkill River Sojourn

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.

The virtual Sojourn 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.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Special Thanks to Our 2020 Sojourn Sponsors

Gold Paddler Sponsor: Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad Company

Silver Paddler Sponsor: Borough of West Conshohocken * Lewis Environmental * Tompkins VIST Bank

Bronze Paddler Sponsor: Trace Pheasantry, Inc. * All Type Fence * The Bad Adventure Company * Take It Outdoors Adventures

Kayaker Sponsors: Schuylkill County Visitors Bureau * Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation * O’Donnell, Weiss & Mattei, P.C. * Simone Collins, INC * Wells Hoffman Holloway & Medvesky, LLP

Tooth of the Lion * Wrigley’s Business Products & Services LLC * Aqua PA * Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission * Philadelphia Water Department

Patrons: Evans Delivery Company, Inc. * Boyer Engineering, LLC * DBA The Brian Swisher Studio * Robert Kuhlman

Donors: Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania, PC * Spotts Insurance Group Inc. * Schuylkill County’s VISION * A.D. Moyer Lumber, INC. * DESCCO Design & Construction

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.

About the Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn

Please Note: The 2020 and 2021 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.

Traditionally, 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.

Registration Information
Fees

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.

Guides and Outfitter Info
Kayak Rental Info

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 noah@takeitoutdoorsadventures.com or call 610-656-3969.

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 scholarship opportunities available for people to paddle in the 2021 Sojourn for free.

Schuylkill Action Network Diversity Scholarships

Overview

The Schuylkill Action Network (SAN) is providing racial diversity scholarships to Sojourn participants including Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, Latinx, and/or Asian & Pacific Islanders. Participants will be chosen based off of application questions displaying interest in the Schuylkill River and connection to the environment. Scholarships will include covering registration and kayak rental costs for however many days the participant is interested in. This scholarship aligns with the SAN's values and mission that the Schuylkill River, clean water, and outdoor recreation is for all, and to prioritize connecting all communities to the Schuylkill River. 

Application Deadline is July 1, 2021

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE & APPLY NOW

For questions, please contact Erica Rossetti, Schuylkill Action Network Coordinator, at ERossetti@DelawareEstuary.org

Schuylkill Action Network Sojourn Steward

Overview

The Schuylkill Action Network (SAN) will provide a full-week scholarship ($1,000 value) for an enthusiastic individual with paddling, photography, and social media experience to photo-document the journey.  All materials are provided by the SAN, including sojourn registration, kayak rental, and photography supplies. 

Sojourn Steward Expectations

  • Participate in the entire Schuylkill River Sojourn (Starting in Reading on July 31 and ending in Philadelphia on August 4).
  • Document the "State of the Schuylkill" via photographs and videos under the water (fish, aquatic plants, macroinvertebrates, geology, etc.), along the river (banks, trees, flora and fauna), and of other paddlers and interesting surrounding sights. You can use either your own camera or the waterproof cameras provided.
  • Post social media updates to the SAN's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram during lunch and evening breaks. Use the hashtags #SojournSteward and #SchuylkillSojourn, and tag Schuylkill River Greenways and the Schuylkill Action Network.
  • Interact with sojourn participants.
  • Create a video showcasing your experience along the river (optional, not required)

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

Application Deadline is July 1, 2021

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For questions, please contact Erica Rossetti, Schuylkill Action Network Coordinator, at ERossetti@DelawareEstuary.org

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 a pair of two people who have never before been on the Sojourn.

If you are awarded the scholarship, you are invited to bring someone along with you to paddle a day of 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.

Application Deadline is July 1, 2021

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE & APPLY NOW

For questions, please or additional information call 484-945-0200

Videos

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