New Island Camping Opportunity South of Harrisburg

Sassafras Island, now owned by Dauphin County, is now available for primitive camping. The island is on the river between Middletown and Royalton and close to the Harrisburg International Airport (see Google inset map). A site on the island has been prepared with the same basic amenities (fire ring, marker post, logbook box, signage) found on river trail islands between Sunbury and Harrisburg. Leave No Trace camping guidelines apply. 

The site can be easily accessed from the PA Fish and Boat Commission launch at the mouth of Swatara Creek or, for a longer expedition, from a boat launch in Steelton. Through paddlers trying to reach the site from Harrisburg must portage the Dock Street Dam. Also note that the York haven Dam is encountered a few miles downstream of Sassafras Island.  

40°10'54.4"N / 76°45'14.3"W    (40.181764 -76.753986)

Steward: Dave Graybill / 717-805-3031 / david_graybill@yahoo.com

 


New Fort Halifax Campsite information.

The fee for use of the site is $10 payable to Halifax Township per stay and an application is needed for each stay.  Please mail the check along with the application to Halifax Township, 102 Fisher Street, Halifax, PA 17032.  Once received, the Permit Officer will issue the Permit which needs to be displayed. Allow ample time for processing.



GPS COORDINATES & MAPS

If you observe campsite damage, missing signs, or any suspicious activity… OR if you would like to become an island steward, please contact us.
                         

   
ISLAND     LAT  (dd/mm/ss.s)        LONG  (dd/mm/ss.s)

121    40 50 12.7 N   76 48 57.3 W  MAP

120a   40 49 48.9 N   76 49 29.9 W  MAP

12Ob   40 49 10.1 N   76 49 56.1 W  MAP

116    40 46 06.4 N   76 51 11.4 W  MAP

112    40 42 03.6 N   76 51 38.7 W  MAP

111    40 41 24.8 N   76 52 00.9 W  MAP

109    40 40 40.0 N   76 53 32.3 W  MAP

107a   40 40 04.5 N   76 54 25.9 W  MAP

107b   40 39 18.5 N   76 54 28.5 W  MAP

105    40 38 00.5 N   76 56 14.7 W  

103    40 06 02.3 N   76 57 05.1 W  

101a   40 34 50.3 N   76 58 03.1 W  MAP

101b   40 34 40.3 N   76 58 12.6 W  MAP

97     40 31 59.3 N   76 58 30.3 W  MAP

93     40 28 37.5 N   76 56 41.1 W  MAP

89     40 26 17.4 N   76 58 58.4 W  MAP

83a    40 22 23.2 N   77 00 41.7 W  MAP

83b    40 22 00.4 N   77 00 48.2 W  MAP

82     40 21 40.6 N   76 59 28.7 W  MAP

81a    40 21 48.5 N   76 58 47.8 W  MAP

81b    40 21 53.1 N   76 58 31.2 W  MAP

74a    40 17 35.3 N   76 55 02.5 W  MAP

74b    40 17 30.3 N   76 55 02.5 W  MAP

73b    40 16 52.8 N   76 54 49.9 W  MAP 

73a    40 16 58.8 N   76 54 56.5 W  MAP


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