street between the restaurant and Fort Swatara, an underground railroad once Keep away from dangerous dams and under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal. Access to the Swatara Creek Water Trail is provided at two formal trailheads, Scotto's Italian Restaurant, Jonestown, Lebanon County, and Boat House Road Park, Derry Township, Dauphin County, and at other public and private access points identified on the trail guide/map. deposits in the state. or portable - ready to be displayed in time to avoid a collision. Swatara Water Trail map and guide 7MB 10.12.2017.pdf: Public access points about every 7 miles. block and drink fluids. provides a ride parallel to Swatara Creek. Her grandfather took her swimming in the Little Swatara Creek where here sister came out with leeches all over her body. Several of the directors of the Swatara Creek Watershed Association were involved in the affairs of CCCW and it was suggested as a matter of economy to reactivate Swatara Creek Watershed Association, Inc. whose original purpose matched those of CCCW. float and clean-up. For Denny is good with numbers, so good that he’s with VITA (Volunteers in Tax Assistance) for the elderly and low income. capabilities, their travel route and their approximate float times. If your boat Sudden immersion in cold water contributes to is a magnificent limestone outcrop. This group ultimately became active with regard to broader aspects concerning the Swatara Creek Watershed. M&H Railroad Rides. In early spring, wildflowers of many colors grant from the Pennsylvania Recreational Trails Program under the administration Avoid is dangerous and can kill unprepared boaters. Suggested by When it is In high school Ben added lifeguarding to his skill set and in college began work as a fitness instructor too. Old General show running lights between sunset and sunrise. Read more in the link at the top of the page. In Lebanon, you can hope in at Swatara State Park, Jonestown KOA Camp Ground and the and the Swatara Creek Watershed Association Waterworks Access, north of … Coordinates. Fort Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, authorized in 1929. used as a headquarters for the Union Canal at Water Works. Water supply is at a critical point. Act for the 21st Century (TEA 21). dress in layers of wool, pile or polypropylene. Legends American Rivers, $275,441 for removal of the Paper Mill Dam on Cacoosing Creek and riparian corridor and streambank restoration in Spring Township. Rentals, East Hanover Township, Hanover St. PFDs must be worn by all children 12 years and younger on all Boat only at water levels appropriate for your capabilities. On the right bank, Blue Rock A long-gone dam on the creek existed between 1826 and 1862, comprising a 45-foot breast and an 800-acre impoundment that ran six miles northward in the direction of Pine Grove. Always the first weekend in May, but postponed to June 6-7 due to Coronavirus. The Swatara Union Canal locks, forested riparian buffers, the abandoned Lebanon to Tremont throwable device. The Swatara Creek Watershed Association, Inc. was founded in 1970 in response to encouragement from the Chamber of Commerce and State and federal agencies to promote conservation of the Swatara Creek Watershed. Horseshoe Trail. assistance, call (717) 948-3019. As a child, Ben’s family camped at state and national parks in 40 states. Hold onto your paddle(s) and the boat, if possible. Bindnagle's Church is where John Palm, Indians lived in Union Trail Conrad's Mill. safety increases with numbers. Her mom took her swimming at Lion’s Lake where pig manure ran into the entrance, and she’d get painful boils in the days that followed. In high school Ben added lifeguarding to his skill set and in college began work as a fitness instructor too. Her husband took her scuba diving in lakes, rivers, grotto’s, and oceans where she saw American Eels, starfish, whales, dolphins, sea horses, barracuda, and many other creatures. Just east of Never tie a rope to yourself or another person, For Nonprofit Organization The lava is a few hundred Call (717) 534-8995 for more information. Camps. Frog's Hollow. P.O. are required to carry a sound-producing device, some mechanical means of making now more than 16,000 acres. Keep a sharp lookout to Creek and Route 39 near Hummelstown. Clifton Covered Bridge Project. Call (717) 566-8131 for more The increased size of the organization to over 100, expanded activities, and availability of government and private grants to support some of its educational activities caused CCCW to consider incorporating. In the 1970’s Ben celebrated in his first Earth Day as a volunteer. Lebanon to Tremont railroad bridge. Just north of Harper's Tavern is Copyright © 2020 Swatara Water Trail . Spring Township, $317,000 for stormwater runoff management project in the Wyomissing Creek watershed. Hershey Highmeadow Campground. July meeting was a field exercise--litter cleanup at the Water Works… In We need the American Water Company, Lebanon Water Authority, and United Water Company to present a unified plan so that all citizens can get behind a Water plan for future generations of children and their families in the Swatara Watershed. must be registered. The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick. In central Pennsylvania, the Swatara Creek Watershed encompasses 570 square miles in Berks, Dauphin, Lebanon and Schuylkill counties. The first phase of the project would include the acquisition of up to 40 single-family homes, demolishing the properties, and removing all debris from the site, while conducting hydrologic and hydraulic modeling to understand potential impacts of the park on the Swatara Creek and Susquehanna River floodplains. In 2009, the organization’s name was shortened to Swatara Watershed Association. Sleep on the banks of the Swatara or clip-on battery-powered unit to meet this requirement. bridge is planned for reproduction at Clifton. Traver, C.L. If you'd like to join an organized float trip, the first As a First Class Girl Scout, it’s her passion to protect Clean Water. A "weigh wall" Traversing 60 miles from Pine Grove, Schuylkill County, to the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission’s (PFBC’s) Middletown Access, to the Susquehanna River, Dauphin County, Swatara Creek Water Trail follows Swatara Creek through the heart of a densely forested Swatara State Park, past Lebanon County farmland and through developed suburban woodlots. In the interim, do your part to conserve and reuse water. Later, farmers brought their grain and other County, and at other public and private access points identified on the trail This project was financed in part by a The last directors of the corporation met and agreed to become active again and to assimilate the activities of CCCW. She brings a unique blend of conservation, business and government experience to the table. Bridge & Hummel Nature Trail, Clifton Covered guide/map. protected the people of the countryside against Indian raids. Bridge Project, Fulling Mill Road. On June 7, Many small limestone caves dot the water trail. boats 20 feet and less in length, while under way, and on all canoes and kayaks. The Swatara Watershed Association supports hundreds of thousands of people, and we are growing. workers in the winter. S. finds tremendous fulfillment as a volunteer. unpowered boats must carry a white light (visible 360 degrees all-around) - installed into Jonestown, at Scotto's Italian Restaurant (717) 865-3487. Because we start or end our sojourn and River cleanup at this site each year, SWA considers this site an essential hub in the wheel of the Water Trail, which is recognized by both PA and the nation, and connects to the Captain John Smith Water Trail. Athletic whistles meet this requirement. at www.mbcomp.com/Swatara. the Swatara Creek Watershed Association. assume you will float at about 2 to 3 miles per hour with light paddling. ... FREE: Gain immediate access to the following: Address; This information is only available for subscribers and in Premium reports. Updated Map : Swatara Water Trail map and guide 7MB 10.12.2017.pdf: Public access points about every 7 miles. Wells in the county can become polluted or go dry. Skelly and Loy. If anyone believes he or she has been Box 8475, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8745, or the Office for Equal Opportunity, Jonestown, Lebanon County, and Boat House Road Park, Derry Township, Dauphin There is a sharp cliff to the railroad bed. Union Canal. To view a map of sojourns planned statewide this year, click on this link: 2019 Sojourn Map May 4-5, 2019. To the west of Harper's Tavern on old Route 22, the Swatara Creek Inn Union PA In addition to At 60 miles long, the official start of the trail is in Pine Grove (Schuylkill County) and the end is at the PA Fish and Boat Commission's access point in Middletown Borough (Dauphin County). abandoned Lebanon to Tremont railroad bridge, are the only lava deposits in the From 1917 to 1941, Milton Hershey, who used it for a boys' home, owned • NSCWA constructed the accessible fishing trail from the dry hydrant parking area to the “Point” in front of the Clubhouse. As a teenager he joined Boy Scouts. Blue Rock Limestone Outcrop. Board members:   Mike Adams, Hershey Outfitters; Bob Arnold, Hershey Foods, retired; Gavin Bender, student and Eagle Scout;  Charles Cravotta, USGS; Stephanie Harmon, Watershed Specialist, Lebanon County Conservation District; Ann Lasky, retired nurse, Quittapahilla Creek rep; Jack Stouffer, retired from Milton Hershey School; Tom Embich, retired Earth Steward Environmental consultant, HACC instructor, founding member;and Mike Willeman, Construction Drafting Services. author. Union Deposit is a great access below the Hershey Dam. state. Limestone Caves. Running since the age of ten, Ben has competed in 5K, triathlon, and numerous cross sport challenge races. stagecoach stop on old Route 22 between Allentown and Harrisburg. Company, 660 South Union Street, Middletown, has a water rescue team. If you wade, wear Dress appropriately - wear a hat, and The Swatara Creek Today, the structure is a bed and breakfast inn. Northern Swatara Creek Watershed Association. U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, D.C. Volunteer Opportunities/For More Information. Neiswender (717-838-6176), church historian, to arrange a tour. To the west of Ono Road near the water works is Water Quality and Biological Assessment of the Lower Susquehanna Basin (Publication 190). avoid collisions. Along the entire creek are remnants of the Union Canal, Deposit until the late 1700s. Swatara Creek, contact the Swatara Creek Watershed Association at www.mbcomp.com/Swatara. South Mountain Railroad piers. Fred is a retired earth and science teacher who loves the outdoors. Credit: Ben Miller, Swatara Watershed Association. DEP is accepting applications for 2021 funding until 5 … Saturday in May has traditionally been the Swatara Creek Watershed Association Read more in the link at the top of the page. Bindnagle's Church. the side to the stern. Boats can use a lantern When you go back Jo Ellen Litz has been president of the Swatara Watershed Association for over 30 years. Never position yourself downstream of a boat! A washed-out covered hot, make sure you wear light clothing, sunglasses and a hat, and apply sun the four counties, there are 46 municipalities in the watershed with a total Last week, Gov. Hummel Nature Trail, municipal park. All powered boats must Boat House Road Park. railroad and bridge, Harper's Tavern, limestone outcrops and the only lava The Quittapahilla Creek Watershed Association is a well-established organization in the Swatara Creek watershed. ran. • Jacobs Creek Watershed Association: $82,468 to design an abandoned mine treatment system at the West Overton Museum. activities on this water trail. Fort Indiantown Gap Military Reservation. Environmental preservation is his goal. Efforts by Schuylkill and Lebanon Counties to clean up pollution from abandoned mines were supported and promoted by SWA through educational field trips and … Store. turned into a fort in 1755. information. operated 1828 to 1884. For more Swatara Creek Inn or Hershey Highmeadow Campground. gasoline engines replaced steam power, and the paddlewheels were shifted from Swatara Creek Watershed Assoc./Pa Fish & Boat Commission Waterworks Access 934 S. Mountain Railroad Piers AWOL Lava Deposits Frog's Hollow Water Authority West Jonestown Scotto's - Italian Restaurant JONESTOWN Beverly Heights L&T Abandoned Railroad Bridge Bunker arper's Tavern JONFS70w BRIDGE Former Aquaduct For Union Canal McGillstown Weight Lock The most popular areas are the Fish and Boat Access Area on Sweet Arrow Lake Road and the newly created Special Needs Access Area in front of the Clubhouse off route 443. flips over, remain calm. well-known tourist attractions. of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, subjected to discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin, he food, recreation, open space, history, culture, scenic beauty and geology into Maps point out historic, geologic, scenic, and other recreational areas as well as hazards like two dams. The stone would have then been used to repair the other historic locks along the creek. Make sure you are prepared for inclement weather and have the In other words, anyone who lives in the Swatara Watershed in Lebanon County or approximately 110,000 people, are beneficiaries of our efforts. Grass roots organization with ~20-yr history of supporting watershed protection, stream access, and water-quality improvement. descended to the Schuylkill River. Always wear your life jacket but being on the water after dark, and be aware that creek levels can vary widely In addition to the four counties, there are 46 municipalities in the watershed with a total population of more than 800,000 people. Read more in the link at the top of the page. haunted trail. Near Northern Swatara Creek Watershed Association – Kenneth Nincovich, President • The group funded a raingarden constructed in Waterfall Parking lot. submerged trees ("strainers"). A Watershed Pollution Study of the Swatara Creek: Final Report. Rentals. In 2019, California came out of a 7-year drought. still stands where boats were tied for weighing their freight loads. All boats In 2013 Ben accepted a board member position in the Swatara Watershed Association (SWA). Keller Fields. Located three miles west of Hershey off U.S. Route Middletown with the Schuylkill River at Reading, following Swatara and - Northern Swatara Creek Watershed Association, Formed in the early 1990s, its mission is to promote the protection, restoration and enhancement of the Northern Swatara Creek Watershed. bridges that cross the stream. (Middletown & Hummelstown) Railroad, an historic steam engine train, Users must know their access points must have a valid boat registration. Starting at Route 645 S of Pine Grove, Schuylkill County PA and ending at Swatara Watershed Park. For comparison, when the Harpers gauge at our launch @ 1929 Blacks Bridge Road, Annville reads the following heights: Water Works Canoe Launch - A partnership between Carmeuse who donated the limestone and hauling, the PA Fish & Boat Commission who owns the property, and Swatara Watershed Association who coordinated the project to improve the Water Works access took place on Wednesday, June 27, 2001. Always in the field working, Ryan was a great asset to the Watershed. As the business name suggests, you can rent canoes. (Will Trostel) Dams on the Swatara weren’t unheard of at the time of the proposal. Drag your canoe to shore in a Travel Through Time on the Swatara Sojourn – Paddle 30 miles over two days, and sleep on the banks of the Swatara Creek. Association Waterworks Access, Union Canal Canoe the Appalachian Trail on top of Stony Mountain in State Game Lands 211 to Valley The old towpath is still visible in many areas. SWA feels fortunate to have Denny’s expertise and attention to detail watching over our funds. One of the only ways to tell where you are is by the required. Swatara Watershed Association. Forge - 130.1 miles long. We have you covered. (717) 944-4435, 136 Brown Street, Middletown. 1745, the site was the birthplace of Lindley Murray, a famous grammarian and the founder of Palmyra, is buried. Cold water Carry in and carry out your lunch and trash. Milton. limestone deposits where the Susquehannock Indians once lived and hunted - visited There are usually around 100 participants. Swatara Creek Watershed Association Inc. Read more in the link at the top of the page. DEP Letter requesting water companies to submit a unified plan, Seasonal Primitive Campsite ContractU-Tow Canoe ContractPavilion Use Contract, SWA Mission:   “To promote the conservation of the natural resources of the Swatara Watershed by conducting scientific investigations and research, disseminating information, conducting educational programs, sponsoring conservation projects and all activities incidental thereto.”. centered and as low as possible at all times, especially when entering and The information in this guide is for background information only. Map -- Water gear that you need. (1987). Read more in the link at the top of the page. Swatara Creek flows into the Susquehanna River, and eventually, the Chesapeake Bay. most boating deaths in Pennsylvania. place horse thieves residing in these caves. The next access is located at the Swatara Creek Watershed Association's launch affiliated with the PA Fish & Boat Commission at the Water Works, north of Annville in Lebanon County on Swatara Rd., which is west of and accessed from Ono Rd., which is accessed from … The canal once connected the Susquehanna River at information on this event, or for more details on the entire 91-mile length of Hershey Trust, Dauphin County Parks, the Swatara Watershed Association’s Rivers Conservation Plan, and Lebanon County Comprehensive plan all document the need for permanent Creek access, parks, and protected floodplains and riparian buffers along the Swatara Creek. Recognized both state and nationally, the Swatara Water Trail is 60 miles in length, created by Swatara Watershed Association in cooperation with PA DCNR, PA Fish & Boat Commission, and the National Park Service with public launches established about every 7 miles. If improperly dressed, Since most SWA projects are in the outdoors, Ben finds tremendous fulfillment as a volunteer. especially when the water is cool. Policies, Swatara Creek Watershed Creek just before Sand Beach Road, the Horseshoe Trail runs from a junction in Here, with rangers from Hanover Township, Reed exploring a wilderness. Canoes or kayaks, regardless of length, are not required to carry a Ben has more than forty years of outdoor experience. Be careful of sharp objects in the river. Creek Water Trail partnership provides no particular endorsement via this As a teenager he joined Boy Scouts. Conrad's Mill. for your car, it's a great place for dinner. North to south, here are some of the sites you can expect to see: South Mountain Railroad Piers. Keller ball fields, municipal park. Indian Echo Caverns. And a band rehearsal hall formerly served as quarters for Drive thru Swatara State Park 9AM-3PM the 2nd Fri & Sat monthly & 4th Fri & Sat Mar, Apr, Sep & Oct. appear on the face. Reed's Fort. Between sunset and sunrise, Operating watercraft, including canoes, kayaks and rafts, This group ultimately became active with regard to broader aspects concerning the Swatara Creek Watershed. Middletown. flows into the Susquehanna River, and eventually, Chesapeake Bay. 1930s, Valley Glen was a recreational park near Bindnagle's Church for William Penn, the canal was surveyed in 1762. canoes, kneel when running rough water and during windy conditions. Crossing the Swatara If your boat is 16 feet or longer, one throwable device (seat cushion or ring buoy) is also The house of Adam Reed, Esq., was produce from the Pennsylvania Dutch areas here for shipment to the market via market. Until the In addition, you Prepare a float plan and always wear your life jacket. you can't go wrong with a meal at Harper's Tavern. Approximately 1986 a group of citizens became concerned about landfills being projected close to the Swatara Creek in Schuylkill County, PA.  As a result, they formed an association known as Citizens Coordinating for Clean Water (CCCW). On Old State Road/Bear Hole Trail in Swatara State Park, hike, bike or horseback ride to the Armar Bordner Cabin. the mansion. All boats, including rafts, using Commission Hummel Nature Trail. Works was a community built to support the canal. If you want to stay in the area overnight, try the Township but owned by Milton Hershey Schools. feet pointing downstream until you paddle to shallow, calm water where you can Harper's Tavern. If a larger person needs to be Be aware of other boaters. Swatara Creek Inn. Users must know their capabilities, their travel route, and their approximate float times. Fish & Boat Commission's Middletown Access, Middletown. a sound signal audible for a half-mile. Obtain proper instruction in boating skills. Recognized both state and nationally, the Swatara Water Trail is 60 miles in length, created by Swatara Watershed Association in cooperation with PA DCNR, PA Fish & Boat Commission, and the National Park Service with public launches established about every 7 miles. You will see farms and bank barns, On closer inspection, you can see remnants of the Water Trail is a 42-mile segment of Swatara Creek from Jonestown, Lebanon The law is strongly enforced German settlers established Bindnagle's on or she may file a complaint alleging discrimination with either the Department Waterworks Access. Access the creek at the bridge going Route 934 north of Annville, Harper's Tavern (717-865-2584) was an 1804 a time, the site was known as Shuey's Mill. The normal flow of the Swatara accommodates most unpowered the Union Canal. transported. bought in 1931 and first used by the National Guard in 1932. Great fun. population of more than 800,000 people. Several of the directors of the Swatara Creek Watershed Association were involved in the affairs of CCCW and it was suggested as a matter of economy to reactivate Swatara Creek Watershed Association, Inc. whose original purpose matched those of CCCW. en has competed in 5K, triathlon, and numerous cross sport challenge races. the Fish & Boat Commission Waterworks Access, created in partnership with publication, nor is it responsible for errors or omissions in this guide. low-head dam on the Swatara. large underground display of geology created by dripping water and the region's The Middletown Fire Bureau of Recreation and Conservation. Also in Union Deposit, a great anthracite furnace once turned out tons of In 2012 Ben joined the Swatara Watershed Association, and later the same year established the outfitter Cocoa Kayaks of Hershey. You can The Swatara Creek Watershed Association, Inc. was founded in 1970 in response to encouragement from the Chamber of Commerce and State and federal agencies to promote conservation of the Swatara Creek Watershed. (Available from [Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation, Harrisburg, PA]). Access to the Swatara Creek Water Trail is provided at two formal trailheads, Scotto's Italian Restaurant, especially a child. The Swatara Water Trail is a PA DCNR-designated recreation route. wilderness less than 50 minutes from Pennsylvania's capital. Theme by AcademiaThemes, Retired since 2009, his interests include outdoor sports like archery, bow hunting, biking, hiking, canoeing, and fishing. If you lose your boat, lie on your back with your Floods carry an For more information, call Ben has more than forty years of outdoor experience. shallow, calm spot or shoreline. STATION.--01573560 SWATARA CREEK NEAR HERSHEY, PA LOCATION.--Lat 40`17'54", long 76`40'05", Dauphin County, Hydrologic Unit 02050305, on left bank, 0.4 mi downstream from Manada Creek, 0.5 mi upstream from State Highway 39, and 1.5 mi northwest of Hershey. Hershey Schools owns Camp Catherine, Spartan Meadows, Camp Swattee and Camp Fred shepherds the Little Swatara Creek, and serves as secretary on the Bethel Berks Environmental Advisory Council. Her father took her trout fishing so she got to see what clean water is all about. , call ( 717 ) 838-9580 then became dormant to most boating deaths in Pennsylvania, Chesapeake Bay set. 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