Enjoy a weekend stay at the nationally-known Inn at New Berlin or catch a baseball game at the 2003 New York Penn-League Champions, the Williamsport Crosscutters. How about a canoe or kayak journey down the Susquehanna River or Penn’s Creek? Catch a fish by the world’s largest fabridam at the Adam T. Bower Dam in Shamokin Dam and Sunbury. Come and discover the many reasons residents love the Greater Susquehanna Valley.
The outdoor enthusiast will enjoy both the scenic beauty and abundant recreational opportunities in the Valley. For anglers, the Susquehanna River abounds with trophy small mouth bass, walleyes, muskies and many other fish species. Many rowing clubs utilize the river as well.
The serene setting of the Susquehanna Valley provides for outdoor adventures, sporting opportunities and peaceful hideaways, all in an environment free of the hustle-bustle of everyday life.
Little League World Series
Each year, baseball teams from all over the world converge on the Valley for the Little League World Series. This exciting, weeklong event takes place in Williamsport, just North of the Greater Susquehanna Valley. www.littleleague.org/series/index.htm
The Williamsport Crosscutters are a single A, short-season baseball team that competes in the New York Penn League. Drawing fans of all ages, the Crosscutters play in historic Bowman Field, which was built in 1926. www.crosscutters.com
The Golf PA Web site provides a listing of golf courses in Pennsylvania, including courses in the Greater Susquehanna Valley. www.golfpa.net
Susquehanna Valley Country Club
One of the Valley's best-kept secrets, the Susquehanna Valley Country Club
is a popular choice for golf, dining, business outings, wedding receptions
and special events. www.svccgolf.com
The Susquehanna River Valley boasts a number of excellent outfitters that will help you explore the river by canoe, kayak, jet ski or fishing boat. A number of these terrific businesses, all Chamber members, are listed below:
Canoe Susquehanna, based in Lewisburg, offers guided canoe and kayak trips on the Susquehanna River. Canoe Susquehanna offers a wide range of trips in their high-quality kayaks and giant canoes. www.paddlehappy.com
Isle of Que River Guides
In addition to kayak rentals, Isle of Que River Guides offer a number of guided river tours and fishing tours that are suitable for the whole family, couples, corporate retreats or just a couple of buddies hanging out on the water.
Located in Shikellamy State Park's marina on Packer Island, Lake Augusta Outfitters offer rentals of all types of recreational equipment to help you enjoy and explore the Susquehanna River and Packer Island. The fleet includes, canoes, kayaks, jet skis, pontoon boats, and various types of bikes.
PAHuntAndFish.com offers detailed information about the many excellent fishing and hunting areas in the Greater Susquehanna Valley. Information about our well-stocked trout streams, dozens of boat launches on both lakes and rivers, and wild state game lands can be found here. www.pagameandfish.com
Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission
Offering maps, lists of stocked local trout streams, and information about boating and fishing licenses, the Fish & Boat Commission’s website provides valuable information for outdoor enthusiasts in the Greater Susquehanna Valley. In addition, the Commission’s Web site offers maps, and information about the three state water trails that pass through the Valley. These trails are perfect for canoe and kayak trips. www.fish.state.pa.us
Pennsylvania Game Commission
Many spectacular opportunities for hunting and trapping exist in the Greater Susquehanna Valley. Nearly a dozen state game lands are located here, offering prime locations for hunting deer, fowl, and bear. The Game Commission’s Web site provides hunters with information about state game lands, maps, and licenses. www.pgc.state.pa.us
Pennsylvania State Parks
Five state parks are located in the Greater Susquehanna Valley, providing endless opportunities for picnicking, boating, hiking, swimming, fishing, camping, and cross-country skiing. More than a dozen other state parks are within easy driving distance of the Valley.
The Bureau of State Parks provides a recreational guide which includes general information on all parks and park facilities and can also provide information on camping, cross-country skiing, snowmobile trails, cabins, and reservations. Call 1-888-PA Parks for more information. www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/
PPL Montour Preserve
Operated by PPL Electric Utilities, Inc. The 165-acre Lake Chillisquaque, located at the center of the preserve, was developed to provide a backup reservoir of cooling water for the 1.5-million-kilowatt power plant. The lake now offers a variety of educational and recreational opportunities. Montour Preserve offers a variety of outdoor activities throughout the year. Forests, fields, trails, ponds, and streams provide opportunities for birding, nature study, photography, and watching wildlife. Hiking, fishing, and picnicking are also popular pastimes at the preserve. A multi-sensory Braille trail provides sight-impaired visitors an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. Exhibits and displays in the Visitors Center focus on wildlife, Indian culture and land management.
R.B. Winter State Park
Lies in a narrow valley 1,500 feet above sea level, surrounded by oak forests on steep mountain ridges. A spring-fed mountain stream flows through the valley overshadowed by large second-growth pine and hemlock trees, with areas of dense rhododendron, and mountain laurel. R. B. Winter State Park is located in the Ridge and Valley Province. The land is divided by long ridges that are 500 feet higher than the valleys.
Sand Bridge State Park
Offers Rapid Run’s lovely murmur and the sounds of birds in this lovely picnic spot. The three rustic picnic pavilions hug the side of Seven Notch Mountain, conveniently located at the side of PA 192.
Shikellamy State Park
Is in Union and Northumberland Counties. The 78-acre Shikellamy Overlook section is on the western shore of the Susquehanna River and overlooks the confluence of the West and North Branches of the river. The 54-acre Shikellamy Marina section is in Northumberland County, between the Borough of Northumberland and the City of Sunbury, on the southern tip of Packer’s Island, at the confluence of the West and North Branches of the Susquehanna River.
The Friends of Shikellamy State Park was formed in 2007 and helps sponsor community events at the Shikellamy Overlook and Marina. For more on the group, click here.
Travel and Tourism in PA
Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau
The Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau Web site offers an online visitors guide, providing information about the many things to see and do in Montour and Columbia county. Information about the many covered bridges in the area and also about our local history is available through the bureau. www.itourcolumbiamontour.com
Susquehanna River Valley
The Susquehanna River Valley Web site provides an extensive list of events and attractions in the Greater Susquehanna Valley. The bureau also offers a wide range of brochures, maps, and other publications providing detailed information about the many things to see and do in the Valley. www.visitcentralpa.org
VisitPA.com, Pennsylvania’s official tourism Web site, offers a wealth of information about recreation and tourist attractions in the Greater Susquehanna Valley and the surrounding area. www.visitpa.com/visitpa/home.do
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