2017 Schedule of Events

Join the Keystone Canoe Club (KCC) on one of its fun paddle trips in 2017! The schedule is updated regularly and also check the Message Board for last minute trips.

sandy1.Call or email the trip leader to let them know you plan to join the group and so you can be informed of any last minute weather or other changes. Trip leader contact details are at the bottom of this page. Privately explain any medical issues you may have.

2. KCC and ACA membership is necessary. We would prefer you sign-up ahead of time but if you are unable to, we can help you with that on the day of the trip.

3. Be sure to wear your PFD zipped - it is required. Everyone is required to follow the KCC trip guidelines. This short document will give you lots of helpful information on paddling. It will also help you grade your paddling abilities since each paddler is responsible for knowing their own abilities. And lastly, get out on the water and HAVE FUN!

smiley faceSmiley Icon means "Beginner Friendly Trips". Ask if you would like other beginner trips!



Winter Pool Sessions Series at the 80 degree Muhlenberg High School
on Sunday Nights from 6pm - 7:50pm. Dates: Jan 15, Jan 22, Jan 29, Feb 12, Feb 26, March 5,  and an alternate of March 12th if one gets snowed-out. Pool sessions are intended for practice and for relieving ‘cabin fever’ in the 80-degree pool.  We practice our rolls, braces, strokes and play-boating moves.  It just feels good to be back in our boats!  Boats must be totally clean.   - Russ Scaramastra smiley face


White-water kayakingApril 1st- Hike Glen Onoko Falls - Ryck and Karyn Spengler., followed by lunch at the Spengler's home in Jim Thorpe. Details to follow. Hike may be challenging.

April 22nd -Schuylkill River- Peter Yarnell to Jim Dietrich Park – 9 AM KCC Club meeting/paddle. In case of inclement weather, we will meet inside the Jim Dietrich Farm house, even if we have to cancel the trip. We will also have a picnic at Leesport on our way down the river. Class I, 13 miles - Tina Ehrig.

April 23rd - Little Schuylkill - New Ringgold to Port Clinton - 9 AM meet time-
Class II. 12 1/2 miles. Includes some rapids and boat control, depending on level. Fun, bouncy trip with riffles. 4-hours through woodland. - Sandy Powellschuylkill

April 29th and 30th - North Branch Potomac River Release - Class II/III - Bloomington, WV - Dan Burkett


May 13th - Upper Lehigh –-(Class II-III) - This is a white water run that requires a white water boat and a helmet.  It is through the beautiful Lehigh Gorge.  Plenty of rapids in the 8 mile stretch.- Russ Scaramastra

May 15th - Scouts Program - 6:30 PM - Need volunteers to help introduce paddling gear, boats, safety to Scouts. -Tina Ehrigsmiley face

May 18th - 21st - Stonycreek River Rendezvous (StonyFest) - Class III+ - Johnstown, PA. The festival is at Greenhouse Park where there is camping and vendors. In addition to the river runs there are races, events, plus the onsite GreenhouseWhitewater Park wave. Spring rains also give opportunities to run various local creeks from Class III to Class V. See Benscreek Canoe Club website for more information. - Dan Burkett

May 20th - Scouts program – Kerscher's Creek Lake- Need volunteers to briefly teach simple strokes, loan your boat, act as safety boaters, etc. (note the park is closed, just the launch area is open. Your boat needs a launch permit, as it is PA Fish and Boat Commission launch) - Tina Ehrig

May 21st - Schuylkill River - Auburn to Port Clinton, Class I-II –  This trip includes a chance to boat through the ‘chutes’ under a RR bridge, which is about a 2 ft drop.  Lots of fun!  -Tina Ehrig.


June 3rd - Savage River Release - Class III/IV - *Solid roll is a MUST* - Bloomington, WV - Dan Burkettsojourn lunch

June 4th - Stonycreek or Lower Yough - Class III+ - Johnstown or Ohiopyle, PA - Dan Burkett

June 5th - Sojourn Luncheon- Kerper’s Landing- approx.. 10-3 PM –The Luncheon is served under a pavilion to boaters on the Schuylkill River Sojourn.  We donate healthy salads, fruit, snacks and sandwiches, which are appreciated by the tired boaters.  Volunteers needed to serve lunch and prepare homemade salads!  -Tina Ehrig smiley face

June 10th & 11th- Lehigh River: - Class II+ -  This trip is a water release so we don't have  to make sure it rains to run it!  This is  a fun, lively stretch of the river that is more appropriate for shorter boats that turnwell.  Helmets recommended. We will be running the section from Glen Tina whitewater boatingOnoko to Lehighton on Saturday June 10th (Class II plus) and the Lehigh Gorge from White Haven to Rockport on Sunday the 11th. Helmets and skirts are recommended for the Glen Onokosection and mandatory for the Upper Lehigh section. We will be meeting at 10:30 on Saturday at the Glen Onoko put in (Release won't get there until noon) and at 9 am on Sunday at the White Haven put in. It is amust that you call if you are planning on attending either or both of these trips. - Sandy Powell

June 17th - Schuylkill River - Felix Dam to Kerpers Landing. – Class I-II. We may use either the Upper or Lower Felix Park in Muhlenberg Twp., depending on water levels. The riffles are fun and rapids include those at Kelly’s Lock, which are class II standing waves. Please note that Penn St. Bridge will be under construction, so the shuttle may be different than usual. - Tina Ehrig

June 24th- Upper Lehigh (Class II-III) - Russ

JulyRed Play Boat

July 7th-9th - Middle Youghiogheny Weekend in Western Pa.   Camping, Biking and Boating.  It is a must that you contact Sandy if you are interested in doing this trip.  We will be camping at the Outflow campground near Confluence PA-
On Saturday we will be boating the Middle Youghiogheny which is a class II+ run. On Sunday we paddle again or bike on the rails-to-trails bikeway that follows the middle and lower Youghiogheny. -  Sandy Powell

July 15th–Paddling Skills Workshop, (Berks Parks and Rec.) Stilling Basin - 1-4 PM. We hold a workshop for the public. Need volunteers to loan your boats, teach simple strokes, safety, fitting PFDs, helping participants into and out of the boats, etc. Need a few safety boaters.- Tina Ehrig smiley face

July 22nd - Upper Lehigh – Russ Scaramastra


August 12th - Lehigh River - Glen Onoko to Weisport (Class II) - Sandy Powell

August 19th - Upper Lehigh – Russ Scaramastra (Class II-III)

August 26th- 27th - Muhlenberg River Festival - Need volunteers. A free festival along the Schuylkill River with: two stages of great music, food, crafts, plus beer and wine tents. We "man" a table to interest people in the KCC both days with a great view of the stage. – Michelle Hnath. smiley face



SeptemberCanoe the Little Schuylkill
Sept 9 - Delaware River, Kingwood to Lambertville, NJ
- Class I - We will paddle approximately 14 miles from Kingwood to Lambertville (just across the river from New Hope, PA). For those wanting a shorter trip, there will be an option to take out after 8 miles at Bull's Island. We will meet at the Lambertville access area and run our shuttle. - Francine Carlini smiley face

Sept 14 (Thursday) - Upper Yough RAFTING - Class IV/V - Friendsville, MD - Dan Burkett - Commercial rafting trip ($120+ per person) on the way to the Gauley. Kayakers welcome ($10 shuttle fee) but we kayak with the raft trip so no time to spare. Must be extremely familiar with UY to kayak.

Sept 14th - 17th -Gauley River Festival - Class III - V - Summersville, WV. Festival is located in Summersville, WV just north of town with camping and vendors onsite. 15 minutes to Upper Gauley, 30 minutes to Lower Gauley, and 45 minutes to New River Gorge. Gauley releases Fri-Mon. - Dan Burkett.campground

September 22-24th – Pineland's Rivers -– We will meet in the NJ Pinelands, camping at Bass River State Forest.  We will boat on a variety of Pinelands rivers possibly including the Wading and Oswego.  The trips will be very scenic, very twisty flatwater through cedar swamps and mixed forest.  The water has some current, requiring boat control in turning.  Shorter boats make turning easier.  – Tina Ehrig. smiley face


joanne&bobOctober 8th - Upper Lehigh – Russ Scaramastra (Class II-III)

October 13th-16th - Chesapeake paddling - Stay at Sandy's house near Crisfield, MD. or camp at Janes Island State Park. Open, flat water paddling in a very pretty area of the Chesapeake Bay. - Sandy Powell smiley face

October 21st - Meeting/fall foliage paddle – Schuylkill River from Kerper's to Gibraltar. In case of inclement weather, we can meet under the pavilion at Kerper's Landing, even if we have to cancel the trip. Includes some rapids and riffles requiring boat control. –Tina Ehrig

Oct 22 – Afternoon paddle on Marsh Creek or Lake Nockamixon – Sandy Powell smiley facesandy


Nov. 14th- KCC Club meeting at Muhlenberg Twp Rec Building, 7-9 PM. Presentation by Ed Gertler, paddling guru and author of terrific paddling books that have been our club's "bible" for water level minimums and finding new rivers to paddle for many years. KCC election – Officers smiley face


Dec. 3rd- KCC Christmas Party at Berks Nature's new building at Angelica Park. 2-6 PM. smiley face


Tina Ehrig, President - 610-334-7606
Sandy Powell, Vice President - 610-212-3216
Dan Burkett
Francine Carlini - 610-279-4671
Michelle Hnath
Russ Scaramastra 610 -223- 8375 
Ryck and Karyn Spengler 610-775-4228
Jim Showalter- 484-269-6513

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