Swatara Sojourn

Registration is closed for 2022

After a two year hiatus due to COVID-19, the Swatara Sojourn will return for 2022. Because of continuing concerns with COVID-19, the event will be a one day trip.

When:   May 1, 2022 9:00 am

Where:  Launch –  Swatara Watershed Park, 1929 Blacks Bridge Rd, Annville, PA

Take Out – Boathouse Park, Boathouse Rd, Hershey, PA

Join Swatara Watershed Association for a day of paddling, education and litter clean up. 

Enjoy nature and the camaraderie!

Bring your own boat or rent a kayak from Cocoa Kayak (717-756-5766 or cocoakayak@gmail.com)

Itinerary (subject to change):


Enjoy breakfast at the Pavilion at Swatara Watershed Park 

Presentation – Topic TBD

Safety Briefing 

Launch from EZ Dock at Swatara Watershed Park

Paddle the Swatara, view wildlife, pick up litter


Presentation – The impacts of the Clean Water Act

Launch and continue paddle 

Take out at Boathouse Park, Hershey

Shuttle drivers back to Swatara Watershed Park for vehicle pickup

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.

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What is the Sojourn?

The Swatara Sojourn, held since 1988, is traditionally a two day event that covers approximately 30 miles of the Swatara Creek. It alternates between the Northern Section, Pine Grove to Swatara Watershed Park, and the Southern Section, Swatara Watershed Park to Middletown. During the paddle, participants learn about the creek and conservation and clean up the creek as they go. Participants can choose to attend both days and camp overnight or can attend one day.


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 info@swatarawatershed.org 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.    

Thank you to Jonestown Borough for the monetary sponsorship!

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