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Currently there is only one known obstacle restricting navigation from Swopes Valley to the Lickdale launch site.  It is roughly 1.5 miles downstream of the Swopes Valley Trailhead Launch Site where the creek makes a 45 degree and then a 90 degree turn in less than 200 feet to bypass the eastern end of an island.  Extreme Caution is advised as there is one tree on the top of the island to be avoided and then immediately after making the second turn, two large trees are completely blocking passage.  Boaters  can make a short portage on the island side.  We will try to clear a portion of the trees next week, weather and water levels permitting.                                                               40.517814 N   76.4900042 W

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, 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.