As of July 2nd, there is only one known obstacle restricting navigation on the Swatara Creek from Swopes Valley to the Lickdale launch.  The other two were removed by Friends Group members and DCNR Conservation Volunteers June 29th.  The current obstacle is about 100 feet upstream of the southern most downed tree shown on the map below. It is approximately 1 mile downstream of the Sand Siding Bridge.  Passage is a little difficult, but a shortage portage/walk on the right side of the creek will get boaters past this obstacle.  A crew is on the way to the site to try to improve the portage.  UPDATE:  As of 5:30pm  July 2nd the tree has been cut back and half the creek channel is open for navigation.


            Location:  40.493948  -76.525467 W

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Friends Group Members and Conservation Volunteers do their best to remove fallen trees as time and conditions permit.  If you want to assist with this task, or are aware of a fallen tree obstructing navigation, email .

This Advisory Page is intended to make boaters navigating the Swatara Creek through Swatara State Park aware of known obstacles.  The number of obstacles and their locations can change on an hourly basis.  Information provided herein does not relieve boaters of their responsibility to carefully scout the creek ahead and constantly check for changing conditions.