Considered one of the most beautiful rivers in America, the Susquehanna River attracts thousands of visitors each and every year. Whether it is boating, fishing, or swimming in the river, or hiking, biking, and camping in the beautiful trails that run alongside, the Susquehanna River is truly a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. If you are looking for the perfect outdoor vacation in Columbia & Montour Counties, be sure to plan some activities on the Susquehanna River.
What is the Susquehanna River?
The Susquehanna River is a river located in the northeastern United States. At 464 miles long, it is the longest river on the American east coast that drains into the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the longest river in the U.S without commercial boat traffic. The Susquehanna River flows through three states: New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. It forms from two main branches, the “North Branch”, which rises in upstate New York, and the shorter “West Branch,” which rises in western Pennsylvania. These two branches join the main stem near Northumberland in central Pennsylvania. The Susquehanna River eventually empties into the northern end of the Chesapeake Bay, providing half of the Bay’s freshwater inflow.
Fishing on the Susquehanna River
The tranquil Susquehanna River is known for its spectacular fishing grounds. Whether you are a lifelong fisherman or view it as a relaxing hobby, the Susquehanna River and other local fishing spots are sure to provide you with an experience you will never forget. If fishing is an important part of your vacation plans, do not miss out on the spectacular fishing offered in the Susquehanna area!
Species found in the Susquehanna include: Warm Water Game Fish, Bass, Muskellunge, Northern Pike, Walleye, Pan Fish, Cat Fish, Carp, etc.
Access Points to the Susquehanna River
Along with fishing, the Susquehanna River is a very popular destination for various boating, kayaking and canoeing activities. River Access Points within Columbia & Montour Counties include:
- RM 158 – Berwick Test Tract Park (Paved Ramp)
From Route 11 in Berwick, turn left onto Warren Street; then right onto Ruhmels Lane. Park on left. River right.
- RM 156 – Mifflinville (Primitive Ramp)
From I-80 proceed North 1 mile on Route 11. Turn right at light toward Mifflinville. Cross Market Street Bridge. Left after bridge to 1st Street. Left into park. Proceed on road that bends left and descends steeply to river. River left.
- RM 154 – Columbia Park (Primitive Ramp)
From I-80 proceed South on Route 11, take first left on Low Street. Turn left onto 4th Street. Proceed one mile to Columbia Park. River right.
- RM 150 – Espy Park (Primitive Ramp)
From intersection of Route 487 S & Route 11, take Route 11 North 1.9 miles. Turn right at light onto Central Road. Travel 0.3 miles to stop sign. Turn left then quickly right onto an unnamed street for 1 block to Espy park. River right.
- RM 149 – PFBC Bloomsburg (Surfaced Ramp)
From Route 11 South, turn onto Route 487 South. Turn left just before the East Bloom Bridge onto Airport Road. Travel 0.5 miles to river access. River right.
- RM 148 – Bloomsburg Town Park (Primitive Ramp)
From Route 11 South, turn South until Route 487. Turn right just before the East Bloom Bridge onto Fort McClure Blvd. Travel 0.5 miles to river access on left. River right.
- RM 146 – Indian Head Campground (Primitive – Surfaced Ramp)
Off Route 11, take the ramp for Route 42 towards Catawissa for 0.9 miles. Just after fire station, turn left onto Train Street. Travel 0.1 miles, crossing railroad tracks. Follow Reading Street (bares to the right) for 0.2 miles. Entrance to campground is on the left at stop sign. River right.
- RM 138 – PFBC Danville (Surfaced Ramp)
From Route 11 South (Walnut Street in Danville), turn left at light near old train station (Railroad Street). Travel 0.3 miles then turn left on East Market Street (becomes River Drive). Travel 1.2 miles to river access on right. River right.