Looking for the best places to paddleboard in Pennsylvania? In this article we uncover 5 of our favorite places!
Unless you live in Pennsylvania and know what the state has to offer, not many people think of it as an outdoor paradise. Instead, most people think of two places when they hear someone mention Pennsylvania…can you guess what they are? Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Right?
But that leaves so much of the state undiscovered. And believe us, it’s a place you want to see.
Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a first-time paddler, there are plenty of great locations in the state to launch your board and enjoy the scenery. Ready to uncover what Pennsylvania has to offer? Let’s get to it!
Our first stop on the best places to paddleboard in Pennsylvania takes us to Lake Wallenpaupaclk. What makes this lake a great place to SUP is that it’s located in the Poconos. That means, there is plenty to see, do, and explore in the area. Plus, the surrounding beauty is enough to leave you awe struck.
The lake itself has clear waters and calm, scenic surroundings for a idealistic spot to experience on top of you SUP. Paddle around on the wide open lake, take in the sunset, and even sit around a bonfire after a full day spent in the sun. You won’t regret it.
If you’re in Philadelphia and you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city life, head down to the famous Schuylkill River. Not sure how to pronounce that? You’re not alone! We believe it’s something like skull-kill river. But you might want a locals prospective on that.
This river has a current which makes for an interesting bit of paddling. Just make sure you’re experienced enough while making your trip. And choose the best launch location. Where is that? The launch location is at Schuylkill Banks, 2501 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103. In addition to having clear access to the water, you can ride your bike, go for a walk, or sunbathe on the grass. Not bad!
Or you can check out the entire River Water Trail map of the Schuylkill River HERE. Plan the perfect trip with the right access points!
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Another famous river makes it onto our list. How famous is it? Well, it’s only the river that Geroge Washington crossed to the defeatt he British way backon December 25, 1776. Yeah, that famous.
And just like our previous spot, the Delaare does offer a challenge if you don’t hop in at the right spot. There is a current and plenty of boat traffic so be aware of your surroundings when on the water.
The best launch location is at Delaware River Kayak & Canoe Rentals, 22 N Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106. They may charge a luanching fee, but it’s a great spot, and you’ll be able to connect with a paddling professional that knows the area well and can give you expert advice on what to expect.
Our next stop takes us into Bucks County with Lake Nockamixon. Not only can you paddle board here, but it’s also a great spot for fishing (or SUP fishing), and even sailing. The lake itself is relatively calm, peaceful, and offers a great place for beginners to experience their first SUP adventure in a safe area. Plus, you can hike the trails around the lake, spend the night camping, or just enjoy an afternoon picnic.
It has it all! The best launch location is at Tohickon Valley Park, 169 Tohickon Valley Rd, Pipersville, PA 18947. There you’ll be able to find easy access to the water for your paddling pleasure.
Our last stop is. apopular spot in Huntingdon County for outdoor recreation, including paddle boarding. There are spots of this lake where the water is crystal clear. A big suprise in Pennsylvania. There’s fine dining, hiking to the top of the surrounding mountains, even places to sleep for the night. If you decide to head here, you won’t be disappointed.
Want a live look at where you will be paddling? Check out their lake cam here! The best launch location at Raystown Lake is at Seven Points Marina, 235 Marina Rd, James Creek, PA 16657. Head here for easy access to the water!
We hope you enjoyed mkaing your way through the five best places to paddleboard in Pennsylvania. If you have any questions, comments, or want more information about the bestadventure SUP on teh market, be sure to reach out anytime. Our inbox is always open. Or call us at 8 7 7 . 6 9 8 . 8 5 8 1.
Until next time, remember to adventure on!