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October 4, 2013

Envision the Susquehanna: A Vision for the Susquehanna River Watershed

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The Envision the Susquehanna initiative was launched by a core team comprised of the Chesapeake Conservancy, the National Park Service, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources,  Susquehanna River Heartland Coalition for Environmental Studies, Susquehanna Greenway Partnership, and the Wildlife Management Institute in 2013. The core team as well as an advisory council of almost 40 organizations have encouraged individuals, community leaders and organizations to describe their vision for the Susquehanna River watershed. This report details the results of the initial planning process and lays out a vision for the future of the Susquehanna River.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With more than 100 state forest areas, and state and local parks the opportunities abound to get out and explore the great outdoors on and around the Susquehanna River. Click to enlarge our maps below and kick start your next adventure. The National Geographic Map provides an account of the vibrant history of the region as well as locations of protected areas near the river. Select the Public Access map to get an idea of where the closest boat launches (red pins) are to your home so you can get on the river in no time!

Start your adventure here!

A Brief History of the Susquehanna River

From a vibrant American Indian culture, to the arrival of Captain John Smith at the mouth of the Susquehanna, the river is and its tributaries are brimming with history. Discover more about the historical human connection to one of the world’s most ancient rivers

 

 

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A River in Need

The state of the Susquehanna River is at a crucial point in its history. Acting now to protect natural landscapes and waterways could have profound benefits down the road on water quality and wildlife abundance. Envision the Susquehanna works to both conserve these lands as well as connect people to the river in their own backyard.

 

 

Photo courtesy of Susquehanna Greenway PartnershipTrip Planning Resources for the Upper Susquehanna watershed (Cooperstown, NY to Sunbury, PA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Virtual Tour of the Susquehanna

Last summer, the Envision the Susquehanna partners deployed a one-of-a-kind, handmade boat equipped with six cameras to capture images along the entire length of the Susquehanna River. Richmond, Va.-based Terrain360 built the custom craft and is led the voyage down the East Coast’s longest river. Take a tour of the West Branch or the Main Stem of the Susquehanna today!

 

 

3D Access Points MapPublic Access Locations Map            

Wondering where you can get to the water?
Start your search with this overview map of public access sites along the Susquehanna.

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National Geographic Susquehanna River Watershed Map

The Susquehanna River watershed is filled with historic, cultural, and natural treasures.
Start your exploration with this map depicting some highlights.

 

Resized_for_WebBald Friar Petroglyphs

The largest and most extensively studied collection of rock art in Maryland is found along the Susquehanna River in Cecil County. After years of largely being forgotten, the Bald Friar petroglyphs will now be highlighted in an interpretive exhibit at Susquehanna State Park.

 

Outdoor activities abound along the Susquehanna River. Whether you want to get out on the water for a paddle, are looking for a good trail hike, or simply want some much deserved R&R this weekend, the Susquehanna River offers everything. Check out the links below to find out how you can enjoy the watershed starting today!

  • The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership can help you jump-start your weekend adventure for anything from touring quaint river towns to embarking on a geocaching hike.
  • Pennsylvania is a big state so, understandably, it can be hard to keep track of all your favorite hiking trails. Click here for an easy to use interactive map so you can find a nearby trail to hike and even directions to where you can park!
  • If you are interested in kayaking or canoeing a stretch of the river the Chesapeake Conservancy has got you covered. The Pennsylvania Watertrails page will provide you with detailed descriptions of several sections of the river so you can best choose where to put your boat in.
  • Still looking for something to do? Think you have done everything in the area? Check out the Susquehanna River Basin Commission website. Their Ecotourism page contains a database of links for every kind of outdoor activity from biking to horseback riding to snowsports.

Are you an outfitter or organization looking to get your name on the map? You can even send in your own ecotourism link to add to the list.

 

Envision the Susquehanna initiative wants to hear from you!

What do you care about most along the river? What opportunities do you see for enhancing wildlife habitat or highlighting cultural heritage? Where are your favorite places to visit? Where is a new boat launch needed?

Tell us what you think at a community meeting through real-time polling (schedule to be posted) or check back for online surveys and geopolls.

Want to ‘walk the walk,’ too? Watch this page for ways you can have hands-on involvement along the river with volunteer opportunities, clean-ups, and events.

 

Share a photo!

Whether you grew up in the watershed or are new to the area, you surely have a favorite place to visit. Send us a photo from a place along the Susquehanna that is special to you or your family and tell us why. We will post the photos on this webpage and share your special places with others though the initiative. Please send to cdean@chesapeakeconservancy.org.