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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.

York Furnace and Indian Steps

Saturday, August 20, 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.

Vinegar Ferry to John Wright
Monday, August 29, 2022 - 9:30am-2:30pm
Launch kayaks just north of Marietta at the Vinegar Ferry Boat Ramp.  Explore the Susquehanna envisioning the days of the brisk 19th century lumber trade and related commerce. Paddle past the rock formations at Chicques and cross the river to end at Wrightsville.  Enjoy a picnic lunch on the banks of the river.  Rentals kayaks are available or bring your own.  Paddlers will meet us at the take-out at John Wright in Wrightsville, leave cars there, and van/trailer with Shank's Mare 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.

Lock 15 Paddle Tour

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.


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 (Please note - meal is not included in this price) - $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.