TRAIL SAFETY and ETIQUETTE - LEAVE NO TRACE
Some general safety tips:
- Always wear a life jacket.
- Always let someone know the plan for your voyage - file a float plan.
- Trail use should be avoided when the river levels exceed 5 feet at Harrisburg.
- Never paddle when river levels are high or the river is flooding.
- Stay river left (to the east) when navigating through the Dauphin Narrows and McKees Half Falls.
- Avoid river left near Berry Mountain just downstream of Millersburg.
- Dams can be deadly. When approaching a dam from upstream, keep a minimum of 200 feet away.
- When approaching a dam from downstream, keep a minimum of 100 feet away.
- All dams must be portaged. Dams are located at Sunbury, Shamokin Dam, and Harrisburg.
- Always carry plenty of water and snacks. Sunscreen is recommended.
- On islands, watch out for poison ivy. It is quite common.
- Anticipate shallow conditions in many sections of the river during the summer months.
- Allow ample time to complete your voyage.
- If you might be on the river after dark, have lights aboard.
- Always comply with PA Fish and Boat Commission boating regulations.
The Susquehanna River Trail Association organizes educational programs and activities that promote river awareness, trail conservation, and the "Leave No Trace" philosophy. The video below provides an overview of the "Leave No Trace" philosophy and practice.