Photo by Jon C. Burdick.

Voted Pennsylvania’s 2023 River of the Year, the Susquehanna River North Branch Water Trail extends over 180 river miles from the New York border to Sunbury. This historic and scenic river flows through eight Pennsylvania counties, including Susquehanna and Wyoming. It is a destination for paddling, fishing, recreational boating, and wildlife watching.

The National Park Service designated the water trail as a National Recreation Trail in 2009. It is also part of the Pennsylvania Water Trail System and the Captain John Smith National Historic Trail System.

In the Endless Mountains, the Susquehanna River North Branch Water Trail is a serene spot for paddling. Local businesses like Endless Mountains Outfitters at Sugar Run and Susquehanna Kayak & Canoe Rentals in Falls provide boat rentals and shuttle services.

The river also features dozens of Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission launches and municipal access points, which are ideal for boating and fishing.

Local parks such as Ira Reynolds Riverfront Park in Susquehanna, Riverside Park in Tunkhannock, and Vosburg Neck State Park in Tunkhannock provide beautiful spots to relax along the water. The Susquehanna River North Branch Water Trail is also an excellent spot for wildlife watching, and bald eagle sightings are common.

The Endless Mountains Heritage Region manages the water trail from Great Bend and Sayre to East Berwick. The organization provides helpful maps, guides, and other resources to help plan your day on the water. They also host events on the river, including their annual sojourns, single-day paddling trips, and cleanup days.

The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership manages the lower portion of the trail from the Luzerne/Columbia County line to Sunbury. Visit their website for resources about the southern sections of the river.

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