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Kayaking & Paddle Boarding


Grab a paddle and hit the water! Float through Lackawanna County surrounded by picturesque scenery and tranquility. The Lackawanna River and our various parks offer beginner to advanced paddling and non-motorized boating opportunities.


Host to events like the Riverfest in the fall and Shiverfest in winter, the Lackawanna River is the perfect kayaking destination to cool down in the spring & summer and heat up in the fall & winter, all while taking in a mixture of Lackawanna County's stunning natural landscapes and city sights.


Bring your own kayak! Don't have your own kayak or paddleboard? No worries! You can rent both at the Ski Shack in Moosic, PA. Be sure to check out their paddling classes and upcoming events. The Lackawanna State Park also offers kayak rentals, and you can row a canoe at Hillside Park!


— Paddling Locations —


While there are many access points along the river, these are the designated public access points that provide easy river access and have available parking.

*Kayaking Tip: The end of September to the beginning of May serves as the best time of the year for river kayaking.


Paddle Board Info

Stand-up paddle boards can launch at Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission lakes and access areas or state parks if they display a Fish and Boat Commission launch use permit, boat registration, or Pennsylvania state parks launch permit or mooring permit.

State Parks & State Forests

All kayaks and canoes launched in Pennsylvania state parks, and forests must display one of the following:

  • Boat registration from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
  • Launching permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
  • Launching permit or mooring permit from Pennsylvania state parks -- available at most state park offices





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