RIVER TRAIL STEWARDSHIP                                                                                        

Island Steward Mailer Short Form (pdf)


The Susquehanna River Water Trail - Middle Section is a 51-mile water trail that runs from Sunbury to Harrisburg and includes 22 publicly owned islands for primitive camping and day use by paddlers and other boaters. The mission of the Susquehanna River Water Trail is to promote environmentally responsible recreation on the Susquehanna River and its islands and encourage resource awareness, stewardship, and conservation by river users. The trail is just one of several water trails efforts on the Susquehanna River and throughout Pennsylvania. It is also a component of the Chesapeake Gateways Network – a program of the National Park Service.

The Susquehanna River Trail Association, Inc. (SRTA) is a voluntary organization that conserves and maintains the water trail. SRTA organizes educational programs that promote river awareness, trail conservation and the "Leave No Trace" philosophy. SRTA is seeking able-bodied volunteers to help prepare and maintain designated islands each season. Workdays are planned each season to clear invasive-exotic vegetation, cleanup debris, distribute trail logbooks, and complete other preparations.

SRTA is always seeking groups and individuals to serve as island stewards. Stewards perform monthly maintenance visits to the islands they adopt, reporting on island usage, site conditions, and cleaning up sites as needed. Island stewards are the key to the success of our trail. When islands are well cared for, trail users have a great experience and they strive to keep the islands clean. Of course, steward duties provide a wonderful "excuse" to go paddling and enjoy the river. Anyone interested in being an island steward should contact any SRTA board member or send an email to susquehannarivertrail@gmail.org