Clarion River

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Explore the federally designated National Wild & Scenic Clarion River. A 13-mile stretch of the Clarion River flows through Cook Forest State Park and is popular for outdoor recreation. (Clarion River Photo by Kyle Yates)

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Paddle the Clarion

Travel along River Road, a beautiful drive that runs along the National Wild & Scenic Clarion River. A 13-mile stretch of the Clarion River flows through Cook Forest State Park and is popular for fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and tubing. A variety of outfitters are available for river trips.

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Discover the Landscape

The Clarion River winds for 115 miles through narrow valleys and forests. Adjacent public lands provide opportunities for picnicking, camping, hiking, bicycling and wildlife watching. Drive or bike along River Road for stunning views of the Clarion River.

River Trail Guides:

Water trails are recreational waterways on a lake, river or ocean between specific points, containing access points and day use and/or camping sites for the boating public. Typically, water trails emphasize low-impact use and promote stewardship of the resource.

Clarion River Water Trail Upper Section
Clarion River Water Trail Middle Section

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Country Squirrel Outfitters

Located on the Clarion River in Ridgway, Elk County, Country Squirrel Outfitters offers easy access to canoe, kayak and other small non-motorized boat rentals and launching. Located only one block from our store is the northern trailhead for the Clarion Little Toby Rails-To-Trails, which is an 18-mile multi-use trail for hikers, cyclists, XC-skiing, walkers and runners. Learn more!

DID YOU KNOW…

Less than 1/4 of 1% of our rivers are protected under the National Wild & Scenic Rivers System. The Clarion River is one of two such federally designated rivers in the Pennsylvania Wilds, in addition to the Allegheny River. Learn more about the National Wild & Scenic River System.

River Retreat

Restore and relax on the river... by canoe, fishing or picnicking along the shore, or with a scenic drive, the Clarion River provides a retreat for water-lovers and nature seekers. (Photo by: Kyle Yates)