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Make a splash! It’s easy when you have 83,000 mile of rivers and streams to play in. Add more than few lakes and ponds and some excellent swimming holes, and what you have is wet and wild paradise. Kayakers, swimmers, canoe enthusiast, and sailors all love the Pennsylvania Wilds. If you’re after a lazy day in the sun, you can find it along our unspoiled waterways. If you want whitewater adventure that makes your heart race you can find that too.
Guide services and canoe liveries can be found in the Canoe & Kayaking section of our website.
Details about our two Wild and Scenic Rivers, the Clarion and the Allegheny River as well as the Susquehanna and other significant water recreation areas are included in the following listings.
Allegheny Reservoir and Kinzua Dam1205 Kinzua Road
Warren , PA 16365
The Allegheny Reservoir, a 12,000 acre impoundment, spans the border between Pennsylvania and New York. In Pennsylvania, the reservoir is completely surrounded by the Allegheny National Forest. The... more info
Allegheny River Island Wilderness AreaMarienville Ranger Station
131 Smokey Lane
Marienville , PA 16239
In 1984, Congress designated seven National Forest islands between Buckaloons Recreation Area and Tionesta as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System, to preserve vestiges of unique... more info
Alvin Bush Dam3848 Kettle Creek Rd.
Renovo , PA 17764
This flood control dam is operated by the Army Corps of Engineers and offers miles of natural scenic shoreline. Also visit nearby Kettle Creek State Park that provides recreational facilities... more info
Chapman Lake4790 Chapman Dam Rd
Clarendon , PA 16313
The 68-acre Chapman Lake, located within Chapman State Park, has fishing for cold-water and warm-water fish, including brown and brook trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, yellow perch and... more info
Clarion River - Cook Forest
Cooksburg , PA 16217
Wild & Scenic Class 1 kayaking, tubing, canoeing, fishing, and views that features steep hills, mature trees, and diverse wildlife. See Clarion Water trail map. more info
Clarion River - Foxburg A-C Valley
Foxburg , PA 16036
Wild & Scenic - 17.1 miles; Recreational - 34.6 miles; Total - 51.7 miles. Beginning just below Ridgway, this undeveloped river meanders through narrow valleys of hardwood forests. The Clarion is... more info