Swatara Sojourn

Registration Closed for Swatara Sojourn 2024

Our 34th Sojourn!

About: Join the Swatara Watershed Association for a day of paddling, education and litter clean up. The Swatara Sojourn is a guided paddle and creek clean up. Breakfast and lunch are provided. There will be an educational speaker after lunch.

When:   May 4th, 2024 8:30 AM

Where:  Launch –  Swatara Creek Park, 151 S. Hanover St, Hershey, PA

Take Out – PFBC Swatara Creek Middletown Access, 710 S. Union St, Middletown, PA

Bring your own boat (no inflatable or folding boats please, this section of creek has many shallow sections and these craft will not fare well) or rent a kayak from Cocoa Kayak (717-756-5766 or [email protected], cocoakayak.com)

Itinerary (subject to change):

Registration and Equipment drop off at Swatara Creek Park (8:30 -9:00 AM) Please drop, boat, equipment and all non-drivers at Swatara Creek Park.

After dropping equipment, Drivers take vehicles to Middletown. A shuttle will be provided to take drivers back to Swatara Creek Park. (The last shuttle will leave Middletown at 9:30, please be prompt)

Enjoy breakfast 

Introduction and Safety Briefing 

Launch (10:00 AM)

Paddle the Swatara, view wildlife, pick up litter

Take out at Schiavoni Park for lunch

Eat lunch and listen to Educational Presentation

Launch and continue paddle 

Take out at Middletown (estimated take out 5 -6 pm)

To register, complete the online form below and submit payment on PayPal. Or print the pdf form below and mail the form with a check. Please complete one form per participant.

Sojourn Online Waiver

Use QR code or Click Here to use PayPal (no account required)

Printable Registration and Waiver Forms (Only complete printed forms if you choose not to register online.)

What is the Sojourn?

The Swatara Sojourn, held since 1988, is a guided paddling event that covers a chosen section of the Swatara Creek. It alternates between a Northern Section of the creek, between Pine Grove to Swatara Watershed Park, and a Southern Section, between Swatara Watershed Park to Middletown. During the paddle, participants learn about the creek and conservation and clean up the creek as they go.


Sponsors help to keep this the most affordable Sojourn in the State of Pennsylvania.  In appreciation for your support, we can add your decal to our banner.  Email [email protected] for more info.

Municipal Sponsors

Municipal Proclamations are a great way to show your support of Clean Water, and you may point to the proclamation as education for credit on your MS4 requirements.    

I paddled for 30 years straight, and each year, had a different lusty tale of adventure to share with family, friends, and the press. You could see deer, a bear, a helicopter doing search and rescue, eagles flying over head or over 100 turtles in a day. Make your own memories this year.

Jo Ellen Litz