Canoeing & Kayaking

The pleasure of boating or canoeing on one of our sparkling waterways is hard to beat. You can choose from a variety of settings ranging from Wild & Scenic rivers to miles of open lake waters or quiet coves.

Clarion River


The Clarion is a tributary of the Allegheny River, approximately 110 mi long, in west central Pennsylvania. Forming at Johnsonburg in central Elk County the Clarion flows generally WSW across western Pennsylvania in a tight meandering course past Ridgway and Clarion. It joins the Allegheny in western Clarion County near Foxburg.

The Clarion was designated as a component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System on October 19,1996. Two segments of the river, measuring 8 miles and 9.1 miles in length, are classified as scenic.

This river meanders through narrow valleys of hardwood forests. Wildlife, intermittent riffles and rock outcrops provide constantly changing scenery throughout Jefferson, Elk, Forest and Clarion counties. The Clarion is popular for trophy brown trout and smallmouth bass fishing. The Clarion River in Forest County, a 12-mile river section, boasts a variety of quality fishing including bass, panfish, suckers, walleye and trout. A great place for the novice paddler. Canoeing is popular on this 12-mile section of the river. In the early spring, you can even find some tame rapids on four sections. Take advantage of the access and historical information available in the Clarion River Water Trail guide at Location: From the Allegheny National Forest/State Game Lands Number 44 boundary, approximately 0.7 miles downstream from the Ridgeway Borough limit, to an unnamed tributary at the backwaters of Piney Dam, approximately 0.6 miles downstream from Blyson Run.

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