Pennsylvania Water Trails Program

Water trails are recreational corridors between specific locations that can be used for both single day and multiple day trips. They provide safe access to and information about Pennsylvania's waterways while also providing connections to our history, ecology, geology, heritage and wildlife. Most importantly, water trails are open to anyone who is interested in getting out on the water!

Pennsylvania has a statewide program to support the development of water trails and PEC is the manager. The partners include: PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, PA Fish & Boat Commission, National Park Service – Chesapeake Bay Gateways & Watertrails Network and National Park Service-Rivers - Trails & Conservation Assistance Program. The partners are available to assist with local water trail efforts and to advance projects at the statewide level.

We look forward to working with you!

For visitor information or links to specific PA Water Trails please visit the PA Water Trails page on the PA Fish & Boat Commission's web site:  We currently have twenty-one designated water trails in Pennsylvania. 

Are you interested in developing a water trail in your community?  Please visit the web site of the PA Water Trails Program,

Seven of Pennsylvania's water trails have received recognition by the American Canoe Association as an officially designated trail.  More information is available at

American Canoe Association Recommended Water Trails (PA)

1. Middle Allegheny River

2. West Branch of the Susquehanna River

3. Middle Susquehanna River

4. Lower Susquehanna River

5. Conodoguinet Creek

6. North Branch of the Susquehanna River Water Trail

7. Schuylkill River

Six of Pennsylvania's water trails are designated as National Recreation Trails.

1. Delaware River Water Trail - Middle Segment

2. Juniata River Water Trail

3. Schuylkill River Water Trail

4. Susquehanna River Water Trail - Middle & Lower Sections

5. Susquehanna River Water Trail - North Branch

5. Susquehanna River Water Trail - West Branch

6. Three Rivers Water Trail

These designations are a testament to the high quality of water trails in Pennsylvania.

Major funders of the PA Water Trails Program include the PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources and the National Park Service-Chesapeake Bay Gateways & Watertrails Network.

For Information Contact: 
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