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 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
See the Trail Guides page to order Trail Guides or to view Information Guides that provide supplementary and updated trail information.
Note: Since the printing of this trail guide, there have been island campsite closures and new campsites developed.
Campsites 105, 103, and 101 have been permanently closed. New campsites - 121, 120a, 120b, 101a, 101b, and 73a – have
been developed. Campsite 73 is now known as 73b. For more information on these sites including updated GPS coordinates,
please visit www.susquehannarivertrail.org
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