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SCHUYLKILL RIVER KAYAK RENTALS & GUIDED TOURS

Only 40 minutes from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Schuylkill River is an excellent option for beginner and novice kayakers. Tranquil water, an abundance of wildlife, and lush greenery along the banks make for a relaxing day away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Valley to Summit offers a variety of kayaking rentals and guided tour trips ranging from 3 to 5 hours.  A guided kayak tour includes a professional Valley to Summit guide showing paddlers the way, and kayak rentals are for those who want to rent a boat and enjoy the sights on their own. Take a look through the options and decide which trip is best for you - see you on the river!

Location: Phoenixville and Pottstown, Near Philadelphia, PA 

River Sections: Lock 60 Loop, Ganshahawny Park, Towpath Park, Valley ForgeUnion Meadows Park

Season: May - October

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Enjoy a calm and scenic 4 mile kayaking loop on the Schuylkill River Oak Reach Canal. Wildlife sightings of turtles, blue herons, ducks, and more are abundant. With a 2 mile float down the Schuylkill River and a tranquil return paddle on the historic Oaks Reach canal, this unique trip is a great option for beginner kayakers.

TRIP INFO

  • TRIP TYPE: Guided and Rentals

  • PRICE: Rental: $45 | Guided: $65  

  • TRIP LENGTH: 3 Hours (2-2.5 hours on the water)

  • WHAT'S INCLUDED: Guide(s), kayak, paddle, life jacket with whistle, laminated map, waterproof bag and compartment

  • EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Beginner

  • MEETING & TAKE-OUT LOCATION: Lock 60 Recreation Area

  • PUT IN LOCATION: Lock 60 Recreation Area

  • SHUTTLE: Not required

  • RESTROOM: Porta Potty at put-in + take-out

  • AVAILABLE KAYAKS: 13 single sit-ins + 2 tandem sit-on-tops (up to 30 available by arrangement). FAQs for details

The Lock 60 Loop - Schuylkill River - Valley to Summit Kayaking

Lock 60 Loop (Mont Clare / Phoenixville)

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This is a great relaxing section that displays the wild beauty of the Schuylkill River outside of the City of Philadelphia. Hallmarks include 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, turtles, frogs and fish. As you near the end of the paddle, explore a one mile long series of river islands.

TRIP INFO

  • TRIP TYPE: Guided and Rentals

  • PRICE: Rental: $55 | Guided: $75  

  • TRIP LENGTH: 4 hours (2-3 hours on the water)

  • WHAT'S INCLUDED: Guide(s), kayak, paddle, life jacket with whistle, laminated map, waterproof bag and compartment

  • EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Beginner

  • MEETING & TAKE-OUT LOCATION: Towpath Park

  • PUT IN LOCATION: Ganshahawny Park

  • SHUTTLE: 10 minute shuttle provided from Towpath Park to Ganshahawny Park

  • RESTROOM: Porta Potty at put-in + take-out

  • AVAILABLE KAYAKS: 13 single sit-ins + 2 tandem sit-on-tops (up to 30 available by arrangement). FAQs for details

Ganshahawny Park (Douglassville) To ​Towpath Park (Pottstown) - 4 Hours - Schuylkill River - Valley To Summit Kayaking

Ganshahawny Park (Douglassville) to ​Towpath Park (Pottstown)

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Starting your  kayaking tour from Union Meadows Park, enjoy the tranquil Schuylkill River as it takes you through rural Berks County. At the halfway point, stop at peaceful Ganshahawny Park for a snack, bathroom, and stretching break. Continue downriver as you enter Chester County and paddle to Pottstown Riverfront Park. For this trip, there are no guided options, but you can take advantage of our rental kayaks and enjoy the sights on your own.

TRIP INFO

  • TRIP TYPE: Rentals only

  • PRICE: Rental: $75  

  • TRIP LENGTH: 6 hours (3.5-5 hours on the water)

  • WHAT'S INCLUDED: Kayak, paddle, life jacket with whistle, laminated map, waterproof bag and compartment

  • EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Beginner

  • MEETING & TAKE-OUT LOCATION: Towpath Park

  • PUT IN LOCATION: Union Meadows Park

  • SHUTTLE: 15 minute shuttle provided from Towpath Park to Union Meadows Park

  • RESTROOM: Porta Potty at put-in + take-out

  • AVAILABLE KAYAKS: 13 single sit-ins + 2 tandem sit-on-tops (up to 30 available by arrangement). FAQs for details

Union Meadows Park (Birdsboro) to Towpath Park (Pottstown)

 
 
 
 
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After paddling past the portage take-out for the “Lock 60 Loop” trip, we soon encounter an optional Class I+ rapid. We then continue to paddle the calm, flat, and scenic Schuylkill River’s big bends as we pass the mouth of the Perkiomen Creek and through Valley Forge National Historic Park. This 5-hour guided-only kayak tour is a great option for someone who is looking for a longer day on the water with just a hint of adrenaline.

TRIP INFO

  • TRIP TYPE: Guided only

  • PRICE: Rental: $85  

  • TRIP LENGTH: 3.5-4.5 hours (2.5-4hours on the water)

  • WHAT'S INCLUDED: Guide(s), kayak, paddle, life jacket with whistle, laminated map, waterproof bag and compartment

  • EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Novice

  • MEETING & TAKE-OUT LOCATION: Betzwood Park

  • PUT IN LOCATION: Lock 60 Recreation Area

  • SHUTTLE: 16 minute shuttle provided from Betzwood Park to Lock 60 Recreation Area

  • RESTROOM: Porta Potty at put-in + take-out

  • AVAILABLE KAYAKS: 13 single sit-ins + 2 tandem sit-on-tops (up to 30 available by arrangement). FAQs for details

Lock 60 Rec Area Mont Clare / Phoenixville To Betzwood Park Valley Forge - Schuylkill River - Valley To Summit Kayaking

Lock 60 Rec Area (Mont Clare / Phoenixville) to Betzwood Park
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A fantastic section during higher springtime water levels, this guided Schuylkill River kayak tour brings paddlers a sense of tranquility and remoteness from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Featuring mostly flat water, Heister's Creek, abundant wildlife sightings like bald eagles and American minks, this trip really stands out for its mile-long series of islands and the "Tunnel of Love," which is a fully shaded narrow channel with magnificent trees on both banks that floats you under two bridges.

TRIP INFO

  • TRIP TYPE: Guided only

  • PRICE: Rental: $85  

  • TRIP LENGTH: 2.5-3.5 hours (2-3 hours on the water)

  • WHAT'S INCLUDED: Guide(s), kayak, paddle, life jacket with whistle, laminated map, waterproof bag and compartment

  • EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Beginner

  • MEETING & TAKE-OUT LOCATION: Betzwood Park

  • PUT IN LOCATION: Lock 60 Recreation Area

  • SHUTTLE: 10 minute shuttle provided from Union Meadows Park to Gibralter Bridge

  • RESTROOM: Porta Potty at put-in + take-out

  • AVAILABLE KAYAKS: 13 single sit-ins + 2 tandem sit-on-tops (up to 30 available by arrangement). FAQs for details

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Gibralter Bridge (Birdsboro) to Union Meadows Park (Birdsboro)