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Paddle Tours & Trips

PADDLE DAY TOURS

Spend a day discovering something unique about the Susquehanna River and area streams.  Our experienced guides will not only lead you safely through your tour but also give you interesting information about the natural features, cultural or historical highlights of the area.  Shank's Mare provides a delicious lunch to take along in your kayaks.  Because we are passionate about clean water efforts on our river, $5 of each Paddle Day Tour registration will be donated to the Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper.  For more information on the Riverkeeper or to get involved, click HERE.

Click on the Paddle Day Tour titles to register online.

Vinegar Ferry to John Wright

Saturday, July 9, 2022 - 9:30am-2:30pm
Sunday, August 29, 2022, 9:30am - 2:30pm

Launch at the Vinegar Ferry Road boat ramp and explore this portion of the Susquehanna that for hundreds of years has been a highway for its settlers. Commerce on the river has flowed continuously, and its effects accumulate. You will see the effects of these developments and at the same time the beauty of Chiques Rocks and more.  Paddlers will meet us at the take-out for this tour and be shuttled to the put-in.

Fee - $80/Person includes shuttle, kayak, gear, guided tour, lunch, and Riverkeeper donation.  Deduct $15 if you have your own gear.

John Wright (Wrightsville) to Shank’s Mare

Monday, September 12, 2022, 9:30am-2:30pm
Head downriver from Wrightsville and enter the area of the Susquehanna called Lake Clarke formed by the Safe Harbor Dam at its southernmost point.  Explore the entry of many creeks on this stretch of the river including Kreutz Creek, Kline’s Run, Canadochly Creek, Cabin Branch, Fox, Bull Run, and Fishing Creek.  Follow in the footprint of the 1800's era Susquehanna-Tidewater Canal. A picnic lunch is provided.  Rental kayaks are available or use your own gear.  Paddlers will meet us at Shank's Mare and be shuttled to the put-in at the Wrightsville Boro boat ramp.

Fee - $80/Person includes shuttle, kayak, gear, guided tour, lunch, and Riverkeeper donation.  Deduct $15 if you have your own gear.

Columbia Crossing to Shank's Mare

Monday, August 8, 2022 - 9:30am-2:30pm
Monday, October 10, 2022 - 9:30am-2:30pm
Launch at Columbia Crossings and head downriver.  You will travel the channel through rock formations  to the Conejohela Flats located just across the river from Shank's Mare.  This area is listed as an Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society. During mid to late summer, it is a popular migratory area for shore birds. You are bound to see a wide variety of birds including bald eagles, osprey, heron and more.  After your paddling exploration, a picnic lunch will be served on Shank's Mare's porch overlooking the river.   Rental kayaks are available or bring your own.  Meet at Shank's Mare and shuttle to the put-in in Columbia.

Fee - $80/Person - includes shuttle, kayak, gear, guided tour, lunch, and Riverkeeper donation.  Deduct $15 if you have your own gear.

York Furnace and Indian Steps

Saturday, August 20, 2022 - 9:30am-2:30pm
Friday, September 16, 2022 - 9:30am-2:30pm
Explore the Lake Aldred area of the Susquehanna formed by the Holtwood Dam.  You will be paddling the same waters that the Native Americans and early Europeans travelled centuries ago.  Explore unique rock formations.  Enjoy a picnic lunch at the site of the Indian Steps Museum.  Rental kayaks are available or bring your own.  Meet at Shank's Mare and travel via our van and trailer.

Fee - $80/Person - includes shuttle, kayak, gear, guided tour, lunch, and Riverkeeper donation.  Deduct $15 if you have your own gear.

Lock 15 Paddle Tour

Monday, July 25, 2022 - 9:30am-2:30pm
Saturday, September 3, 2022 - 9:30am-2:30pm

The rock formations in this area of the river are still a mystery to the geologists, and this part of the river is unlike any of the other areas we paddle on the Susquehanna.  It is truly one of our favorite paddling destinations.  As you meander through the unique formations, you may stop to take a dip, use your camera to capture the awesome landscape, and enjoy a picnic lunch provided for you.  There is a restored lock from the Susquehanna Canal in the area.  Rent a kayak or bring your own gear.  Paddlers meet at Shank's Mare and travel via our van and trailer.

Fee - $80/Person - includes shuttle, kayak, gear, guided tour, lunch, and Riverkeeper donation.  Deduct $15 if you have your own gear

Native American Rock Art (Petroglyph) Tour

Saturday, August 13, 2022 - 9:30am-3:30pm
Saturday, September 10, 2022 - 9:30am-3:30pm
Monday, September 26, 2022 - 9:30am-3:30pm
Saturday, October 1, 2022 - 9:30am-3:30pm

The rocks containing Native American art are one of the most unique sites on the Lower Susquehanna.  Shank's Mare guides will lead as you paddle to these rocks located on Lake Aldred of the Susquehanna and view the Native American "petroglyphs" that tell the story of people who have populated the river hundreds or even thousands of years ago.  Spend the day on the rocks, hear the stories of these fascinating landmarks, and enjoy a packed picnic lunch with some very scenic paddling.  Rental kayaks are available or bring your own gear.  Paddlers meet at Shank's Mare and travel via our van and trailer.

Fee - $80/Person - includes shuttle, kayak, paddle, lifevest, guided tour, lunch, and Riverkeeper donation.  Deduct $15 if you have your own gear.

Shank's Mare can offer private guided paddle tours to various sections of the Susquehanna on request.  If you have a group, give us a call at 717-252-1616 and we can discuss destinations and details.


Paddle & Dine Programs

Paddle & Dine with Shank's Mare & The John Wright Restaurant
Join us as we partner with our friends at The John Wright Restaurant for two different Paddle & Dine Options.


Paddle & Pizza with Shank's Mare & The John Wright Restaurant
Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00pm
June 8 or 22, 2022
July 6, 2022
August 17, 2022
Shank's Mare is teaming up with our friends at The John Wright Restaurant.  Enjoy a guided kayak tour on the Susquehanna River at the Veterans Memorial Bridge. Explore the footprint of the old Susquehanna Canal and the remains of the famous bridge burned during the Civil War.  Then head to the patio at John Wright for their delicious brick oven pizza.  Register for the tour on our website.  Make your tour reservations with Shank's Mare by clicking on the link above.  Make your patio reservations directly with The John Wright Restaurant (717-252-0416).  Please note that this tour meets and leaves from the boat launch at John Wright in Wrightsville.
Fee - includes guided paddle tour, kayak, paddle, and lifevest - $45/Person.  
Deduct $15 if you have your own kayak.


Trail Town Paddle Tour
Friday, June 24, 2022 - 6:00-8:00pm
Friday, August 26, 2022 - 5:30-7:30pm
Have a fun evening in York County's newest Trail Town, Wrightsville.  Begin with a guided paddle tour launching at the Lemon Street ramp in Wrightsville.  Explore the footprint of the 1830's era Susquehanna Canal.  Paddle around Mud Island and hear about the families who have maintained campsites on the upper Lake Clarke islands for generations.  Take-out once again at Lemon Street, and then get ready for some fun in Wrightsville.  Grab a bite to eat at the Wrightsville Inn, Burning Bridge Tavern, or The John Wright Restaurant.  Visit Half Nuts Popcorn for the best sweets around.  And, all of this is along Front Street for easy walking access.  This tour meets at the Lemon Street boat ramp in Wrightsville.
Fee - includes guided paddle tour, kayak, paddle, and lifevest - $45/Person.  
Deduct $15 if you have your own kayak.


Paddle & Brunch with Shank's Mare & The John Wright Restaurant
Sundays, 8:30-10:30am
August 28, 2022
September 25, 2022
Enjoy a leisurely Sunday morning paddle as we explore the Susquehanna River between the bridges in Wrightsville.  The head to John Wright for their delicious Sunday Brunch.  They have changing facilities available.  Make your tour reservations with Shank's Mare by clicking the above link.  Make your brunch reservations with John Wright at 717-252-0416.  Please note that this tour meets and leaves from the boat launch at John Wright in Wrightsville.
Fee - includes guided paddle tour, kayak, paddle, and lifevest - $45/Person.  
Deduct $15 if you have your own kayak.

Shank's Mare programs are weather and river dependent.  Our first consideration is your safety.  If we deem conditions unsafe, we reserve the right to cancel programs and re-schedule.  If the re-schedule date does not work for you, we will give a program credit or refund.