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Conservancy hosting annual River Sojourn


April 28, 2009

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) will host a return trip to the Allegheny River for its annual River Sojourn on Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14.

Open to WPC members as well as the general public, this popular event provides an opportunity to travel the wild and scenic river by canoe from Kinzua Dam to Indian Waters Livery, located a few miles north of Tidioute, PA.

The Sojourn, which costs $60 for one day and $90 for both days, will include activities and presentations centered on the theme “Paddling Toward Preservation.” Registration fees include daily meals, entertainment, canoes, and shuttle service for the event. Participants must reserve their own overnight accommodations. The registration deadline is Friday, May 29.

The first day entails a 14-mile trip from Kinzua Dam to Buckaloons Recreation Area. Along the way, participants will pass historic Warren, visit Point Park and experience a short section of rapids. On the second day, canoeists will enjoy a leisurely, 10-mile float past a few of the designated National Forest Islands. The trip will end a few miles upriver of Tidioute at Indian Waters Canoe and Kayak Rentals.

Throughout the event, WPC staff members will be available to speak to participants about the flora and fauna found throughout the region. On Friday night, the Warren County Historical Society will be available for tours of local museums and historical highlights. Saturday will include a presentation about the eastern hellbender salamander, one of the largest salamanders in the world.

The Allegheny River is one of only a handful of waterways where the hellbender – found in very healthy aquatic systems – makes its home. Saturday evening also will include fireside tales by a local storyteller.

The Allegheny River Sojourn provides canoeists with an opportunity to explore National Forest Islands along the Allegheny River. In 1984, Congress recognized the importance of preserving some of the river's unique features by designating seven of the islands in the Allegheny River as National Forest Islands, part of the National Wilderness Preservation System.

Sponsors for the sojourn are Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR), Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Indian Waters Canoe and Kayak Rental, American Eagle Printing, and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

To register for the sojourn or for more information, visit For additional questions, contact Kelly Horrell at 724-459-0953 ext.113 or khorrell@


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