Frequently Asked Questions
What is provided with each trip?
With your canoe or kayak rental you will be supplied with the appropriate paddle and properly fitted life jacket. Transportation to the launch point is included.
You will need to bring water shoes, sunscreen, and any snacks and coolers. A water tight bag for your camera or phone is recommended.
What are the river conditions like?
The Upper Allegheny River during the summer averages a depth of 3 to 4 feet deep. There are just a few sets of rapids, barely Class I. One set is north of Warren, and another small set in Tionesta near the Fish Hatchery, just enough to be fun. The Allegheny River is Dam controlled and maintains a constant level through the summer months. The islands are large and accessible for camping or just to stop for a lunch break. Check the water level in West Hickory
What can I fit in the canoe?
We use the Old Town Discovery 169 canoe. Each canoe has 2 seats. A third adult, (or 2 smaller children), can sit in the middle. We do not charge for extra persons in the canoes, but if you would like to rent a comfortable chair for the person seated in the middle, we have those available at a low cost. For overnight camping trips a maximum of 2 people per canoe is recommended as you will need room for coolers and camping gear. The width of the canoe is 38 inches wide. Be sure to bring a cooler that will fit inside the canoe.
Where do we camp on the overnight trips?
The many islands of the Allegheny River are perfect for canoe camping. The farthest trip is Kinzua to Tionesta. The first island from Kinzua Dam is Crulls Island. It will take 5 to 6 hours to reach this island from the Kinzua Dam launch. Another day's paddle will bring you to Courson Island, just above Tidioute, and a third day's paddle gets you back to the start. Another popular short overnight trip, Tidioute to Tionesta, is divided by a beautiful island called Hemlock Island with many old growth trees to canopy the sites.