Susquehanna River Water Trail - North Branch

Susquehanna River Water Trail - North Branch

This stretch of the river is characterized by rolling meadows, forests, and crop land, set amidst seemingly endless mountains.  Much of the area is with in the Endless Mountains Heritage Region and it offers abundant outdoor recreation.  Classic Americana still flourishes in small river towns like Susquehanna, Hallstead, Sayre, Athens, Towanda, Wyalusing, Laceyville and Tunkhannock.

The North Branch of the Susquehanna River flows from New York through Pennsylvania to Sunbury where it joins the West Branch and forms the river's main stem - the largest tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. The North Branch Susquehanna River Water Trail was designated a National Recreation Trail of the National Park Service in 2009. The water trail is part of the Pennsylvania Water Trail System coordinated by Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission.

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Public access points managed by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission are open during daylight hours.

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)


The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Access points requires boats to be permitted.


A wide range of activities are available on the water trail, including boating, canoeing, kayaking, fishing. There are a number of historic sites, recreational parks, small communities and other amenities located along the route. There is an abundance of wildlife that can be experienced on a quiet paddle along the North Branch.

River Classification

Class I to II (Read more about the different levels of River Classifications)

Water Flow Info:

Water Trail Map & Guide

Sections of the North Branch Water Trail Map & Guide is available for download through the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. This comprehensive river map and guide is for paddlers and river enthusiasts and provides for a special experience on the North Branch of the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake watershed: Section 1 – Sayre to Laceyville | Section 2 – Laceyville to Harding | Section 3 – Harding to Berwick | Section 4 – Berwick to Sunbury


The map and guide lists the facilities along the water trail. The Map & Guide Can Be Purchased for $15.00 from our Approved Vendors


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