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Schuylkill River Kayak Rentals

  • Enjoy renting kayaks for self-guided paddle experiences with family, friends and colleagues on the Schuylkill River.

  • Choose from four options ranging 3hrs. to 5hrs.  

  • Only 40 minutes from downtown Philadelphia

  • Escape the City of Philadelphia's boundary and immerse yourself in the beauty and quiet wilderness setting while on a self-guided kayak trip down the tranquil Schuylkill River.

  • Our self-guided kayak rental trips on the Schuylkill River are different.

  • Near Philadelphia, close to home, we want you to paddle and experience all the stunning natural beauty in the hidden oasis of the Schuylkill River beyond the city limits and return home with a sense of accomplishment and feeling refreshed and energized.

  • Kayaking the Schuylkill River through the City of Philadelphia has it's own unique historic and scenic value, and time and place, but that is not what we offer.

  • We also offer guided kayak tours where a professional guide accompanies you down the river in their own kayak.

3 Hour Kayak Rental Trips

Timeline for 3-hour trips:

 

  • Total Trip Time: 3 hrs. – begins at meeting time and includes intros, gear outfitting, instruction and kayaking, and portage as delineated below

  • Meeting Time: we meet at the time for which you book.

  • Shuttle Departure Time: see below. Depends on which trip

  • Shuttle Length: see below. Depends on which trip

  • Put-In Time: up to 30 min. (potentially significantly shorter) from the meeting time.

  • On-Water Time Allotment: no less than 2 hrs.

  • Take-Out Time: 3 hrs. from initial meeting time (the time for which you booked)

  • Restroom: porta-potty at put-in and take-out

  • Experience Level: Great for beginners, including for those first-time kayakers.

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THE "LOCK 60 LOOP"
MONT CLARE / PHOENIXVILLE

  • Description: This 4 mile loop combines a calm and scenic downriver paddle on the Schuylkill with a tranquil return float on the historic Oaks Reach canal that ends at the restored and fully operational Lock 60. Enjoy sighting of turtles ducks, geese, blue heron and many other wildlife along the canal.

  • Meeting Location: Lock 60 Recreation Area, which is also the take-out location

  • Put-In Location: Lock 60 Recreation Area

  • Take-Out Location: Lock 60 Recreation Area, canal side, which is where your car is parked

  • Portage: To get from the Schuylkill to the canal, you have to carry your kayak 150 yds. on a grassy trail.

  • Local Food/Drink Rec.: 

 

GANSHAHAWNY PARK
DOUGLASSVILLE

 
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RIVERFRONT PARK
POTTSTOWN

  • Description: A short but sweet paddle that introduces you to the wild beauty of the Schuylkill River. The hallmarks are calm slow moving water, a diversity of stately trees lining the banks, birds soaring above, great blue heron stalking fish in the shallows and hopeful sightings of eagles, osprey, kingfisher, great egrets, turtles, frogs and fish.

  • Meeting Location: Pottstown Riverfront Park, which is also the take-out location

  • Shuttle Departure Time: 10 minutes after meeting time

  • Shuttle Length: 10 min. shuttle provided from Pottstown Riverfront Park to Ganshahawny Park

  • Put-In Location: Ganshahawny Park

  • Take-Out Location: Pottstown Riverfront Park, which is where your car is parked

  • Local Food/Drink Rec.:

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4 Hour Kayak Rental Trip

GANSHAHAWNY PARK
DOUGLASSVILLE

 
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TOWPATH PARK

POTTSTOWN

  • Description: This trip adds 1 hr. onto the 3 hr. Ganshahawny Park to Pottstown Riverfront Park trip. After paddling the Ganshahawny Park to Pottstown Riverfront Park section, take a stretch, bathroom and food break and explore Pottstown Riverfront Park before pushing off downstream to the scenic Towpath Park while exploring a 1 mile long series of river islands.

  • Experience Level: Great for beginners, including for those first-time kayakers.

  • Meeting Location: Towpath Park, which is also the take-out location

  • Total Trip Time: 4 hrs. – begins at meeting time and includes intros, shuttle, gear outfitting, instruction and kayaking

  • Meeting Time: we meet at the time for which you book

  • Shuttle Info: shuttle departs 10 min. after meeting time* and is a 10 min. ride from Towpath Park to Ganshahawny Park

  • Put-In Time & Location: up to 30 min. (potentially significantly shorter) from arriving at Ganshahawny Park.

  • On-Water Time Allotment: no less than 3 hrs.

  • Take-Out Time & Location: 4 hrs. from initial meeting time (the time for which you booked) at Towpath Park

  • Restroom: porta potty at put-in and take-out

  • Local Food/Drink Rec.

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5 Hour Kayak Rental Trip

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UNION MEADOWS PARK
BIRDSBORO

 
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RIVERFRON PARK
POTTSTOWN

  • Description: This is a great, long easy run that can be broken into 2 parts. Starting your paddle from Union Meadows Park, enjoy part 1 as the tranquil Schuylkill River takes you through rural Berks County. At the halfway point, stop at peaceful Ganshahawny Park for a snack, bathroom and stretching break.  Then continue downriver as you enter Chester County and paddle to Pottstown Riverfront Park. The hallmarks are calm slow moving water, a diversity of stately trees lining the banks, birds soaring above, great blue heron stalking fish in the shallows and hopeful sightings of eagles, osprey, kingfisher, great egrets, turtles, frogs and fish. 

  • Experience Level: Great for beginners. If your first time kayaking, you may want to consider  including for those first-time kayakers.

  • Meeting Location: Pottstown Riverfront Park, which is also the take-out location

  • Total Trip Time: 5 hrs. – begins at meeting time and includes intros, shuttle, gear outfitting, instruction and kayaking

  • Meeting Time: we meet at the time for which you book.

  • Shuttle Info: shuttle departs 10 min. after meeting time and is a 14 min. ride from Pottstown Riverfront Park to Union Meadows Park

  • Put-In Time & Location: up to 30 min. (potentially significantly shorter) from arriving at Union Meadows Park.

  • On-Water Time Allotment: no less than 4 hrs. 

  • Take-Out Time & Location: 5 hrs. from initial meeting time (the time for which you booked) at Pottstown Riverfront Park Park

  • Restroom: porta potty at put-in and take-out

  • Local Food/Drink Rec.

Paddle times are estimates and can decrease or increase depending on numerous factors including, but not limited to, the amount of rentals on a trip, experience of paddler(s) and environmental conditions such as rain, wind, river depth and river flow.

Put-in times are estimates. Generally, you put-in onto the river up to 30 min. (potentially significantly shorter) from arriving at the put-in location. Main factor is amount of kayak rentals on the trip. You put-in on the river after we take the kayaks off the trailer, distribute gear and conduct a PA State mandated orientation to safety, navigation and kayaking.

  • BYOKayaking - use of only the shuttle service is permitted

  • Available for support services for single or multi-day trips (shuttle, resupply, etc). Call to inquire.

  • Self-shuttling of persons is permitted (arrange your own transportation, but use our rental kayaks and shuttle service for the kayaks)

  • Self-carry of rental boats is not permitted.

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