information. Near Access the creek at the bridge going Blue Rock Limestone Outcrop. In 2012 Ben joined the Swatara Watershed Association, and later the same year established the outfitter Cocoa Kayaks of Hershey. Her grandfather took her swimming in the Little Swatara Creek where here sister came out with leeches all over her body. Funding for this program is provided A little farther north is Sudden immersion in cold water contributes to Middletown with the Schuylkill River at Reading, following Swatara and M&H Keller ball fields, municipal park. 16 feet or longer, one throwable device (seat cushion or ring buoy) is also Fort Indiantown Gap Military Reservation. Read more in the link at the top of the page. We need to be good stewards of the earth, and shepherd the Swatara Creek, a source of drinking water, recreation and wellness in our back yard. exploring a wilderness. Enjoy good food, good company, and take home lusty tales of adventure. In Lebanon, you can hope in at Swatara State Park, Jonestown KOA Camp Ground and the and the Swatara Creek Watershed Association Waterworks Access, north of … show running lights between sunset and sunrise. In central Pennsylvania, the Swatara Creek Watershed encompasses 570 were poled until 1873 when the first paddlewheel was acquired. On the west bank, at the Credit: Ben Miller, Swatara Watershed Association. Do you want to combine water, good The first land was DEP is accepting applications for 2021 funding until 5 … Board members:   Mike Adams, Hershey Outfitters; Bob Arnold, Hershey Foods, retired; Gavin Bender, student and Eagle Scout;  Charles Cravotta, USGS; Stephanie Harmon, Watershed Specialist, Lebanon County Conservation District; Ann Lasky, retired nurse, Quittapahilla Creek rep; Jack Stouffer, retired from Milton Hershey School; Tom Embich, retired Earth Steward Environmental consultant, HACC instructor, founding member;and Mike Willeman, Construction Drafting Services. Starting at Route 645 S of Pine Grove, Schuylkill County PA and ending at Swatara Watershed Park. You will see farms and bank barns, Swatara Creek flows into the Susquehanna River, and eventually, the Chesapeake Bay. Efforts by Schuylkill and Lebanon Counties to clean up pollution from abandoned mines were supported and promoted by SWA through educational field trips and … Union Deposit is a great access below the Hershey Dam. Northern Swatara Creek Watershed Association – Kenneth Nincovich, President • The group funded a raingarden constructed in Waterfall Parking lot. At 60 miles long, the official start of the trail is in Pine Grove (Schuylkill County) and the end is at the PA Fish and Boat Commission's access point in Middletown Borough (Dauphin County). Avoid - Trail Guide -. SWA feels fortunate to have Denny’s expertise and attention to detail watching over our funds. On the right bank, Blue Rock Union Canal. Swatara Creek, contact the Swatara Creek Watershed Association at www.mbcomp.com/Swatara. Read more in the link at the top of the page. Travel 30 river miles over two days. is dangerous and can kill unprepared boaters. In early spring, wildflowers of many colors The next access is located at the Swatara Creek Watershed Association's launch affiliated with the PA Fish & Boat Commission at the Water Works, north of Annville in Lebanon County on Swatara Rd., which is west of and accessed from Ono Rd., which is accessed from … Read more in the link at the top of the page. You can Spring Township, $317,000 for stormwater runoff management project in the Wyomissing Creek watershed. Environmental preservation is his goal. Always in the field working, Ryan was a great asset to the Watershed. Forge - 130.1 miles long. Her husband took her scuba diving in lakes, rivers, grotto’s, and oceans where she saw American Eels, starfish, whales, dolphins, sea horses, barracuda, and many other creatures. required. Old General rescued by a smaller person, flotation is a huge safety factor for both parties. On the north bank of the creek, just past Act for the 21st Century (TEA 21). Map -- Water The weigh master's house was Jo Ellen Litz has been president of the Swatara Watershed Association for over 30 years. the founder of Palmyra, is buried. A graduate of Cedar Crest High School, Lebanon Valley College, and Kennedy Western University, Jo Ellen also ran Lebanon (Auto) Body Shop where she handled hazardous waste, and she serves in her 5th term as a Lebanon County Commissioner. An all volunteer 501c3 nonprofit organization covering parts of 4 counties: Berks, Dauphin, Lebanon & Schuylkill;47 municipalities;Population over 300,000;Founded in 1970. • NSCWA constructed the accessible fishing trail from the dry hydrant parking area to the “Point” in front of the Clubhouse. Theme by AcademiaThemes, Retired since 2009, his interests include outdoor sports like archery, bow hunting, biking, hiking, canoeing, and fishing. Through a cooperative efforts of the PA Fish and Boat Commission and various sportsman's groups, a significant amount of habitat has been places in the lake. Union Her father took her trout fishing so she got to see what clean water is all about. This group ultimately became active with regard to broader aspects concerning the Swatara Creek Watershed. If you'd like to join an organized float trip, the first bought in 1931 and first used by the National Guard in 1932. wilderness less than 50 minutes from Pennsylvania's capital. From 1917 to 1941, Milton Hershey, who used it for a boys' home, owned used as a headquarters for the Union Canal at Water Works. stand in fast-moving water. Avoid feet down the old railbed. North to south, here are some of the sites you can expect to see: South Mountain Railroad Piers. canoes, kneel when running rough water and during windy conditions. produce from the Pennsylvania Dutch areas here for shipment to the market via By the way, The lava is a few hundred As the business name suggests, you can rent canoes. Swatara Creek has served as a provider of food, water, transportation, energy, and recreation for generations of inhabitants. 1930s, Valley Glen was a recreational park near Bindnagle's Church for feet pointing downstream until you paddle to shallow, calm water where you can July meeting was a field exercise--litter cleanup at the Water Works… Union Canal workers. Avoid cotton. Saturday in May has traditionally been the Swatara Creek Watershed Association One wearable, Coast Guard-approved at www.mbcomp.com/Swatara. square miles in Berks, Dauphin, Lebanon and Schuylkill counties. Fred is a retired earth and science teacher who loves the outdoors. Carry in and carry out your lunch and trash. Boat House Road Park is a public access maintained by Derry obstacle forms what looks like a "V" pointing upstream (at you). or portable - ready to be displayed in time to avoid a collision. Milton Nonprofit Organization Northern Swatara Creek Watershed Association. Keller Fields. flows into the Susquehanna River, and eventually, Chesapeake Bay. (1987). If you look at the entire reach of the Swatara Watershed adding Schuylkill, Berks, and Dauphin Counties, that number increases to approximately 300,000 people who benefit from SWAs efforts. As a child, Ben’s family camped at state and national parks in 40 states. by settlers as early as 1783. The most popular areas are the Fish and Boat Access Area on Sweet Arrow Lake Road and the newly created Special Needs Access Area in front of the Clubhouse off route 443. 59 likes. Need more info on this nonprofit? (Available from [Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation, Harrisburg, PA]). personal flotation device (PFD or life jacket) in serviceable condition and of For comparison, when the Harpers gauge at our launch @ 1929 Blacks Bridge Road, Annville reads the following heights: Boats can use a lantern Boat House Road Park. Spring Township, $440,000 for stormwater runoff management project in the Cacoosing Creek watershed. (717-865-3259) is a three-story Victorian mansion built in 1860 for Jacob haunted trail. town in Dauphin County, PA, established 1755 by George Fischer, a Quaker. The house of Adam Reed, Esq., was FREE: Gain immediate access to the following: Address; Forms 990 for 2018, 2017 and 2016; A Pro report is also available for this organization. Swatara Creek Water Trail M&H Railroad Rides. DEP Letter requesting water companies to submit a unified plan, Seasonal Primitive Campsite ContractU-Tow Canoe ContractPavilion Use Contract, SWA Mission:   “To promote the conservation of the natural resources of the Swatara Watershed by conducting scientific investigations and research, disseminating information, conducting educational programs, sponsoring conservation projects and all activities incidental thereto.”. Route 72 and north of Jonestown, the Lebanon Water Authority draws water from a We need the American Water Company, Lebanon Water Authority, and United Water Company to present a unified plan so that all citizens can get behind a Water plan for future generations of children and their families in the Swatara Watershed. Those access points and a couple others are laid out on the Cumberland ... Swatara Creek Water Trail– Travel through farm lands ... Public access points in Lebanon County are located at Swatara State Park, Jonestown KOA Camp Ground and the Swatara Creek Watershed Association Waterworks Access, north of Annville. Explore Aycrigg's Falls too. All boats must display an anchor light (a white light visible 360 degrees Tulpehocken creeks. In fact, the Bethel area is a deficit area where enough rain doesn't fall to recharge used groundwater. appear on the face. Legends In 2009, the organization’s name was shortened to Swatara Watershed Association. German settlers established Bindnagle's on Several of the directors of the Swatara Creek Watershed Association were involved in the affairs of CCCW and it was suggested as a matter of economy to reactivate Swatara Creek Watershed Association, Inc. whose original purpose matched those of CCCW. The corporation was active in the 70’s then became dormant. The information in this guide is for background information only. still stands where boats were tied for weighing their freight loads. Just north of Harper's Tavern is Trails Index -- PFBC Home, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Web Privacy and Security In the 1970’s Ben celebrated in his first Earth Day as a volunteer. In addition to A 33.69-acre parcel along the Swatara Creek at 1929 Blacks Bridge Road, Annville (East Hanover Township, Lebanon County PA). recreational watercraft throughout the summer. Boat with others. If a larger person needs to be coiled when not in use. state. (717) 944-4435, 136 Brown Street, Middletown. Company, 660 South Union Street, Middletown, has a water rescue team. Because we start or end our sojourn and River cleanup at this site each year, SWA considers this site an essential hub in the wheel of the Water Trail, which is recognized by both PA and the nation, and connects to the Captain John Smith Water Trail. Prepare a float plan and always wear your life jacket. the river include rocks, rock ledges, trees, sandbars and dams. Township but owned by Milton Hershey Schools. As a teenager he joined Boy Scouts. the Appalachian Trail on top of Stony Mountain in State Game Lands 211 to Valley Boat access, 960 square foot pavilion; 240 square foot stilted office and porch, approved public water source with a flow rate of 25 gallons per minute at the pump house; Primitive camping; and 3,341 feet of riparian buffer that shades and cools the Swatara, slows evaporation, and limits runoff and erosion. for user safety. or she may file a complaint alleging discrimination with either the Department Traver, C.L. Dave McSurdy moved, and Denise Donmoyer seconded, a motion to send Ryan Kohn a letter of thanks for all of the contributions he made to the Swatara Watershed. The Swatara Creek Watershed Association, Inc. was founded in 1970 in response to encouragement from the Chamber of Commerce and State and federal agencies to promote conservation of the Swatara Creek Watershed. For water depth/flow, check the Swatara Creek Watershed Association's website Denny is good with numbers, so good that he’s with VITA (Volunteers in Tax Assistance) for the elderly and low income. PFDs must be worn by all children 12 years and younger on all (Middletown & Hummelstown) Railroad, an historic steam engine train, On Old State Road/Bear Hole Trail in Swatara State Park, hike, bike or horseback ride to the Armar Bordner Cabin. In addition to the four counties, there are 46 municipalities in the watershed with a total population of more than 800,000 people. Ben’s outdoor enthusiasm has taken him abroad to hike, kayak and ski. A Watershed Pollution Study of the Swatara Creek: Final Report. submerged trees ("strainers"). Total acreage is Coordinates. The old towpath is still visible in many areas. U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, D.C. Volunteer Opportunities/For More Information. deposits in the state. On closer inspection, you can see remnants of the Union Canal locks, forested riparian buffers, the abandoned Lebanon to Tremont Many small limestone caves dot the water trail. Last week, Gov. She brings a unique blend of conservation, business and government experience to the table. Bindnagle's Church. Swatara Creek (nicknamed the Swattie) is a 72-mile-long (116 km) tributary of the Susquehanna River in east-central Pennsylvania in the United States.It rises in the Appalachian Mountains in central Schuylkill County and passes through northwest Lebanon County before draining into the Susquehanna at Middletown in Dauphin County.. Fred shepherds the Little Swatara Creek, and serves as secretary on the Bethel Berks Environmental Advisory Council. a time, the site was known as Shuey's Mill. Waterworks Access. Water Works Canoe Launch - A partnership between Carmeuse who donated the limestone and hauling, the PA Fish & Boat Commission who owns the property, and Swatara Watershed Association who coordinated the project to improve the Water Works access took place on Wednesday, June 27, 2001. Wells in the county can become polluted or go dry. safety increases with numbers. Swatara Creek For more reach shore. Swatara Creek Inn or Hershey Highmeadow Campground. Call (717) 534-8995 for more information. the Fish & Boat Commission Waterworks Access, created in partnership with Keep a sharp lookout to Northern Swatara Creek Watershed Association. All powered boats must Operating watercraft, including canoes, kayaks and rafts, Be aware of other boaters. The corporation was active in the 70’s then became dormant. An old STATION.--01573560 SWATARA CREEK NEAR HERSHEY, PA LOCATION.--Lat 40`17'54", long 76`40'05", Dauphin County, Hydrologic Unit 02050305, on left bank, 0.4 mi downstream from Manada Creek, 0.5 mi upstream from State Highway 39, and 1.5 mi northwest of Hershey. Today, the structure is a bed and breakfast inn. dress in layers of wool, pile or polypropylene. There is a sharp cliff to the railroad bed. Hersheypark and Hershey Gardens are protective footwear. In 2019, California came out of a 7-year drought. Great fun. Dress appropriately - wear a hat, and subjected to discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin, he Read more in the link at the top of the page. To view a map of sojourns planned statewide this year, click on this link: 2019 Sojourn Map May 4-5, 2019. Athletic whistles meet this requirement. grant from the Pennsylvania Recreational Trails Program under the administration For real hospitality, call (717) 838-9580. bridge is planned for reproduction at Clifton. The law is strongly enforced Mailing address: 2302 Guilford St., Lebanon PA 17046. In high school Ben added lifeguarding to his skill set and in college began work as a fitness instructor too. Watershed organizations in Schuylkill County received about $1.5 million as part of a state grant program to improve Pennsylvania’s water resources. Water supply is at a critical point. Union Canal Canoe Rentals. Recognized both state and nationally, the Swatara Water Trail is 60 miles in length, created by Swatara Watershed Association in cooperation with PA DCNR, PA Fish & Boat Commission, and the National Park Service with public launches established about every 7 miles. population of more than 800,000 people. Never tie a rope to yourself or another person, Fort Indiantown Gap, the avoid collisions. As a First Class Girl Scout, it’s her passion to protect Clean Water. gear that you need. The Swatara Creek Watershed Association, Inc. was founded in 1970 in response to encouragement from the Chamber of Commerce and State and federal agencies to promote conservation of the Swatara Creek Watershed. assistance, call (717) 948-3019. under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal. the Union Canal. And a band rehearsal hall formerly served as quarters for Canoes or kayaks, regardless of length, are not required to carry a Frog's Hollow. For The camp is owned by HERCO. The Swatara Watershed Association supports hundreds of thousands of people, and we are growing. The stone would have then been used to repair the other historic locks along the creek. Middletown Access. Travel Through Time on the Swatara Sojourn – Paddle 30 miles over two days, and sleep on the banks of the Swatara Creek. Hersheypark/Hershey Gardens. You can assume you will float at about 2 to 3 miles per hour with light paddling. Since most SWA projects are in the outdoors, Ben finds tremendous fulfillment as a volunteer. Obtain proper instruction in boating skills. Former Swatara Park. Bridge Project, Fulling Mill Road. operated 1828 to 1884. information on this event, or for more details on the entire 91-mile length of Crossing the Swatara Never try to the mansion. The normal flow of the Swatara accommodates most unpowered especially a child. Call (717) 566-8131 for more In other words, anyone who lives in the Swatara Watershed in Lebanon County or approximately 110,000 people, are beneficiaries of our efforts. Along Black's Bridge Road you will find Union Canal Canoe Until the Policies, Swatara Creek Watershed 322 near Hummelstown, the cave is open for tours. - Northern Swatara Creek Watershed Association, Formed in the early 1990s, its mission is to promote the protection, restoration and enhancement of the Northern Swatara Creek Watershed. Neiswender (717-838-6176), church historian, to arrange a tour. Suggested by and change quickly. Drag your canoe to shore in a market. ran. provides a ride parallel to Swatara Creek. Swatara Watershed Association. float and clean-up. Be careful of sharp objects in the river. Several of the directors of the Swatara Creek Watershed Association were involved in the affairs of CCCW and it was suggested as a matter of economy to reactivate Swatara Creek Watershed Association, Inc. whose original purpose matched those of CCCW. Know the hazards of your route. former A national cemetery is also housed at the Gap. Recognized both state and nationally, the Swatara Water Trail is 60 miles in length, created by Swatara Watershed Association in cooperation with PA DCNR, PA Fish & Boat Commission, and the National Park Service with public launches established about every 7 miles. On June 7, Donations to Swatara Watershed Association for use and/or maintenance of the Bordner Cabin are most welcome and appreciated. Hummel Nature Trail. Approximately 1986 a group of citizens became concerned about landfills being projected close to the Swatara Creek in Schuylkill County, PA.  As a result, they formed an association known as Citizens Coordinating for Clean Water (CCCW). hot, make sure you wear light clothing, sunglasses and a hat, and apply sun low-head dam on the Swatara. When you go back One can find remains of locks and aqueducts by which boats The Swatara Always wear your life jacket but being on the water after dark, and be aware that creek levels can vary widely Water Quality and Biological Assessment of the Lower Susquehanna Basin (Publication 190). amusement park, watch a show or stroll through the flower gardens. large underground display of geology created by dripping water and the region's Copyright © 2020 Swatara Water Trail . Approximately 1986 a group of citizens became concerned about landfills being projected close to the Swatara Creek in Schuylkill County, PA.  As a result, they formed an association known as Citizens Coordinating for Clean Water (CCCW). 1745, the site was the birthplace of Lindley Murray, a famous grammarian and Limestone Caves. All boats, including rafts, using Commission Also in Union Deposit, a great anthracite furnace once turned out tons of Ben has more than forty years of outdoor experience. ... FREE: Gain immediate access to the following: Address; This information is only available for subscribers and in Premium reports. Swatara Creek Watershed Association Inc. • Jacobs Creek Watershed Association: $82,468 to design an abandoned mine treatment system at the West Overton Museum. Fort Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, authorized in 1929. If you wade, wear Access to the Swatara Creek Water Trail is provided at two formal trailheads, Scotto's Italian Restaurant, Jonestown, Lebanon County, and Boat House Road Park, Derry Township, Dauphin County, and at other public and private access points identified on the trail guide/map. one day-trip? Milton. As a teenager he joined Boy Scouts. In central Pennsylvania, the Swatara Creek Watershed encompasses 570 square miles in Berks, Dauphin, Lebanon and Schuylkill counties. Promote the environmental integrity of Swatara Creek, it's tributaries and watershed that lie within the boundaries of Schuylkill County Pa. To advocate the wise use and conservation of the natural resources in the watershed to the aesthetic, recreational and economic benefit of all concerned. turned into a fort in 1755. windy and rainy weather, even in summer, can lead to hypothermia. She is certified as a Rescue Diver, and volunteered on teams that recovered drowning victims and discarded guns used in homicides. place horse thieves residing in these caves. To the west of Harper's Tavern on old Route 22, the Swatara Creek Inn centered and as low as possible at all times, especially when entering and Enjoy boating, primitive camping, fishing, wildlife-watching, and other Swatara Creek Watershed Assoc./Pa Fish & Boat Commission Waterworks Access 934 S. Mountain Railroad Piers AWOL Lava Deposits Frog's Hollow Water Authority West Jonestown Scotto's - Italian Restaurant JONESTOWN Beverly Heights L&T Abandoned Railroad Bridge Bunker arper's Tavern JONFS70w BRIDGE Former Aquaduct For Union Canal McGillstown Weight Lock Mission:   "To promote the conservation of the natural resources of the Swatara Watershed by conducting scientific investigations and research, disseminating information, conducting educational programs, sponsoring conservation projects and all activities incidental thereto." Creek Water Trail partnership provides no particular endorsement via this for your car, it's a great place for dinner. Bindnagle's Church is where John Palm, Creek just before Sand Beach Road, the Horseshoe Trail runs from a junction in Keep weight A "weigh wall" PA you can't go wrong with a meal at Harper's Tavern. The increased size of the organization to over 100, expanded activities, and availability of government and private grants to support some of its educational activities caused CCCW to consider incorporating. Just east of Bureau of Recreation and Conservation. Always the first weekend in May, but postponed to June 6-7 due to Coronavirus. All boats Need more info on this nonprofit? of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, Cold water Read more in the link at the top of the page. unpowered boats must carry a white light (visible 360 degrees all-around) - installed The surrounding watershed supplied farmland, limestone, iron, coal, timber, and a host of other raw materials that aided in the establishment and subsequent development of the region, and country. Works was a community built to support the canal. South Mountain Railroad piers. can camp, golf or explore an old canal lock. abandoned Lebanon to Tremont railroad bridge, are the only lava deposits in the The Swatara Creek Drive thru Swatara State Park 9AM-3PM the 2nd Fri & Sat monthly & 4th Fri & Sat Mar, Apr, Sep & Oct. Keep all ropes office. the Swatara Creek Watershed Association. Reed's Fort. He is always ready to help with a cleanup, down a dead tree, or share his knowledge of the Spotted Lantern Fly. Call Heidi Much coal and iron ore were Scotto's Italian Restaurant. throwable device. Here, with rangers from Hanover Township, Reed guide/map. now more than 16,000 acres. Maps point out historic, geologic, scenic, and other recreational areas as well as hazards like two dams. Water Trail is a 42-mile segment of Swatara Creek from Jonestown, Lebanon Running since the age of ten, Ben has competed in 5K, triathlon, and numerous cross sport challenge races. A washed-out covered iron until it blew up. If improperly dressed, the Route 72 bridge, is the Frog's Hollow Complex - motorcycles, flea See what's included Harper's Tavern. Boat only at water levels appropriate for your capabilities. The first phase of the project would include the acquisition of up to 40 single-family homes, demolishing the properties, and removing all debris from the site, while conducting hydrologic and hydraulic modeling to understand potential impacts of the park on the Swatara Creek and Susquehanna River floodplains. Conrad's Mill. The ferry landing is a short distance west. Middletown. Box 8475, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8745, or the Office for Equal Opportunity, At Halloween, there's even a We have you covered. Works. 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