Allegheny River

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Adventure begins here

With 86.6 miles of recreational use, the National Wild & Scenic Allegheny River flows through forest valleys, wilderness islands and rural landscapes. Hugging the edge of the Allegheny National Forest, most river paddlers start out by the Kinzua Dam. Your adventure on the Allegheny River (Pennsylvania’s 2017 River of the Year, by the way) takes you along one of the most biologically diverse watersheds in Pennsylvania, rich in scenic beauty and historical significance.

Things to do


Kayaking and Canoeing

Known for some of the best water paddling in the country, the Allegheny River is part of the nation’s Wild and Scenic Rivers System. In 2003, National Geographic Adventure named the Allegheny River one of the nation's "40 Great Fall Weekend Getaways". Pull ashore and explore wilderness islands along the river. Paddlers enjoy both relaxing day trips as well as on-shore overnight camping. Local outfitters are available for rentals and guided river trips; see maps and information below!


Famous Waters

Famous for fly-fishing and walleye, as well as muskie, rainbow trout and smallmouth bass, the Allegheny River and nearby Kinzua / Allegheny Reservoir offer some of the best fishing waters in the northeastern US.

The Sights

Endless views

Home to an increasing bald eagle population and other wildlife, your southern terminus in the Pennsylvania Wilds finds you at Tionesta and the nearby Tionesta Market Village, and within view of the unique Sherman Memorial Lighthouse. Outfitters are available for rentals and to guide you on your river journey.

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.

Middle Allegheny River Water Trail

Led by Locals! Go with a Pro

Allegheny Outfitters

Two locations offering canoe and kayak rentals on the Allegheny River, and high quality gear for camping, paddling, climbing and backpacking. Learn more!


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

Important Safety Tips

  • Always wear a life jacket.
  • Obtain proper instruction in boating skills.
  • Know fishing and boating regulations.
  • Be prepared for river hazards.
  • Carry proper equipment.

Volunteer Stewardship Opportunities

Help preserve our incredible natural resources for generations to come! Since 2009, more than 2,800 volunteers have donated almost 23,000 hours and have removed almost 400 cubic yards of trash and 100,000 lbs of metal from the watershed. Learn about river clean ups and volunteer trail maintenance opportunities.

Get involved!