Copyright © Friends of Memorial Lake and Swatara State Parks. All rights reserved.

Currently there is only one known obstacle restricting navigation from Swopes Valley to the Lickdale launch site.  It is roughly one half mile downstream of the Sand Siding Bridge where the creek abruptly narrows and flows around an island.  The navigable channel is on the right side of the island and the tree is approximately 300 feet below the split totally obstructing the channel.  The channel on the left side of the island ends just below the split and is not navigable.  Boaters  can make a short portage on the island side of the fallen tree or try to pass under the trunk of the tree near the right bank of the creek.  Portage is the recommended and safest way to avoid/navigagte this obstacle.

                                                                                                                 40.50269 N   -76.53593 W

​UPDATE - Half of the tree was removed June 20th and this section of the creek is not navigable.  The rest of the tree will be removed when current slows and the muddy water clears.

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.