Discover Chesapeake's rivers and creeks. Join the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay on a canoe trip to learn more about the resources that make up the Bay and its watershed. The 1997 schedule is:
- Swatara Creek. (May 17, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.) Explore 10 miles of Pennsylvania's Swatara Creek in Lebanon and Schuylkill counties. Enjoy miles of forested streamside paddling through Swatara State Park, site of a proposed dam. Learn about historical and environmental issues regarding this project and other recreation and conservation efforts in the watershed. Beginner level.
- Parker's Creek. (June 14, time tba) The American Chestnut Land Trust joins the Alliance on this water/land adventure. The paddle, which includes the last pristine salt marsh on Maryland's Western Shore, begins in the Bay and ends about three miles later in the freshwater reaches of Parker's Creek. On land, participants will hike in Warrior's Rest Sanctuary, part of a 790-acre parcel owned and protected by the Trust. Warrior's Rest, which forms the southern boundary of Parker's Creek - has eight miles of trails consisting of hilly woodlands rising to 185 feet. This trip is limited to 50 people.
- Yellow Breeches Creek. (July 12, 10 a.m. -1 p.m.) This canoe trip includes a fly-fishing demonstration. It begins at Messiah College, located along the southern edge of Cumberland County, 10 miles south of Harrisburg. Learn about the health of the creek and and what makes it one of Pennsylvania's best trout fisheries.
- Susquehanna River Island. (Aug. 31, time tba) join the area's first Susquehanna River Island Canoe Trip. The seven-mile trip begins at Fort Hunter Park and ends at City Island across from Harrisburg. An island stop features lunch and information on recreational opportunities, such as bird watching and low-impact camping. This stretch of the Susquehanna is part of a water trails project being undertaken by the Alliance.
- Anna/Pamunkey Rivers. (Sept. 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.) This float trip begins on Virginia's South Anna River a mile above its confluence with the North Anna. The remaining six miles will explore a remote section of the Pamunkey River. Participants will pass an exposed clay bank containing fossilized seashells. Experts will interpret the river and local flora.
Alliance canoe trips are $20 per person ($12 members) and include lunch. To register, call the Alliance office in the appropriate state:
- Maryland: (410) 377-6270
- Pennsylvania: (717) 236-8825
- Virginia: (804) 775-0951