Paddling includes kayaking, canoeing and even standup paddling on lakes, river or small streams.  Everyone seems to have a kayak on the top of their car these days.  You can buy a canoe, kayak or stand up paddleboard at your local sports outfitter, but what do you do with it once you buy it?  Find a program that teaches you the mechanics or getting it in the water, paddling it and what you do if it tips! Paddling is a beautiful way to experience the outdoors while viewing wildlife or fishing, or just exploring a stream through the woods.  There are even opportunities to canoe to a cultural event at a park and ride a bike back to your starting point.  Check out the opportunities now!

Activity Description

Canoeing for 30 minutes with moderate effort will burn 238 calories while kayaking for the same amount of time will burn 170 calories. 

Additional Resources

Follow these links to gather more information on paddling. They may or may not be directly affiliated with Get Outdoors PA.

American Canoe Association (includes Stand Up Paddling)  
PA Fish & Boat Commission  
Kayak Online  
Rafting America  
Take Me Fishing in PA  

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Canoe the Swatara
Swatara Water Trail
29th Annual Paddle down the Swatara Creek--Let the River Lead You. In 2017, we'll paddle the upper 30 miles beginning at Routes 645 south of Pine Grove, Schuylkill County PA, through Swatara State Park, camp at Jonestown KOA Campground, and end at Swatara Watershed Park, 1929 Blacks Bridge Rd., Annville, Lebanon County PA 17003.


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