Schuylkill Banks

Canoe launch. Portage put-in. Composting toilet. Schuylkill River Trail. Rentals/tours.

To complete the vehicular portage & on-street carry around Fairmount Dam (or to start here):

1. Park
The most-convenient parking is in the kiosk surface lot on 24th Street between Walnut and Chestnut (Parking lot entrance: 39.951710, -75.179451). For Google directions, use “133 S 24th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103” (which is the house number across 24th Street from the entrance/exit of the lot).

2. Carry to Put-in
From the 24th Street lot, carry your boat south on 24th Street, up the steps onto the Walnut Street Bridge, right on the bridge toward the river, then down the steps, before crossing the river, to the Schuylkill Banks dock below the bridge on RL (39.951581,-75.18114). This carry is approximately 0.2 mile.

NOTE: This is a seasonal access. Call Schuylkill River Development Corp. at  215-309-5523 for access calendar and other information.

See “◊◊ Fairmount Dam” for additional portage and hazard information. For more portage take-out information, see “West Park Access” and “Lloyd Hall.”

Owner: City of Philadelphia

Services: All the services of Center City Philadelphia are nearby (0.2+ mile east).