Paddle Me Home: Plan a summer water adventure

If you have never explored our area waterways by boat, you are missing out. The Juniata River offers an afternoon of sun, glimpses of fish in its pristine water, and the best view you'll find anywhere.

On June 8-10, 2018, you can celebrate the grand opening of canoe/kayak access points in Mapleton and Mount Union, Pennsylvania. These access points bookend Jacks Narrows - the deepest gorge in Pennsylvania. The river surface of the Juniata River drops from 566 feet above sea level at Mapleton to 545 Feet above sea level 3.3 miles downstream at Mount Union. Jack’s Mountain ridge (2,300 ft) to the Juniata River surface makes the gorge nearly 1/3 mile deep! Community-owned launches open up Jacks Narrows to access for paddle sports, fishing and leisurely inner-tube floating. The facilities and distance between them make this the first and best recommendation for inner-tube floating in Huntingdon County, and perhaps the entire Juniata River watershed, as state-owned launch facilities prohibit inner-tube access. Even better, this stretch of the river is gentle and easily navigated by paddlers at all experience levels.

Rent tubes, kayaks, canoes and more at Arnold's Marine Service Canoe and Kayak Rentals (814-635-3656; arnoldsmarine.com) starting at just $10 a day. Rothrock Outfitters (814-643-7226; rothrockoutfitters.com) specially caters to the paddling and pedaling crowd with kayaks, paddleboards and canoes, as well as offering shuttles to the river, and Play and Stay Adventure Suites close to all the waters and trails of Huntingdon County. For more hiking, boating and camping adventures, check out Raystown.org.

 

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