2017 Allegheny Canoe Trip

Three day canoe trip down Allegheny River on Memorial Day Weekend
Depart: Friday  May 26, 2017  5:00 pm  
Return: Monday May 29, 2017 TBD pm
Cost: TBD plus money for supper on Monday.
Sign-up Deadline and Permission slip is due Monday, May 15, 2017

Meet at Park and Ride at Bushnell's Basin at 4:45
Questions: contact Jarred Spangenberg or Jon Carney
Adult Leaders: 
Jerry Spangenberg 585-278-7939  Jerry.spanganberg@wegmans.com


Tim Thiemel 585-309-2290  tthiemel@mail.com

Download the standard permission slip form from our website forms page. 

Fishing License is required for those over 16 years.- https://www.pa.wildlifelicense.com/start.php


This journey takes you 45 miles, from Kinzua Dam to Tionesta. Paddlers will begin at Kinzua Dam and pass through historic downtown Warren, encounter all seven of the federally protected Wilderness Islands, large swaths of the Allegheny National Forest and float past the town of Tidioute, pop. 800. The trip ends at Tionesta, where visitors will find a 75-foot tall lighthouse not far from the boat launch.

In general we’ll be doing 15 miles per day in around 6 hrs.  We’ll have plenty of time for side hikes or fishing each day.

Friday night we meet at the park & ride and start the 3hr drive down to Allegheny Park in PA. Scouts need to show up fed, with a bag supper or pick up a sub or pizza to eat on the way down in the car. Subway or Pontillos in the basin are good and easy choices.

We’ll setup a quick campsite Friday night somewhere near the Seneca Pumped Storage Area just South of the Kinzua Dam. Nothing fancy. We need to break camp and eat quickly in the morning to make it to the foot of the dam where we meet the outfitter to load the canoes and head down river. 

We’ll stop mid-day for lunch and get to our island campsite depending on how fast we paddle.  There are side hikes we can take along the way if we want to.

 Fishing is always an option for the entire trip.  Scouts under 16 don’t need a license. Anybody older will need to go here:


to buy an online license. You’ll need a credit card and a printer.  

The full regulations are here: http://fishinpa.com/

Trout fishing is excellent near the dam. Further downstream small mouth bass, muskie, & walleye are the primary quarry. Some carp are available too.  More information is available at the end of this planner.

The whole trip should be ideal for hammock camping. Scouts have their choice between bringing a hammock or sleeping in a tent.

Sunday breakfast will be a more leisurely morning then we have all day to head down river. Activities for Sunday pretty much match Saturday’s

Monday the quicker we get to the takeout point the earlier we get home.  Breakfast and lunch are part of the patrol meal planning.  Supper will be eaten on the road on the way home. SCOUTS NEED TO BRING $10-15 CASH TO SPEND AT MCDONALD FOR SUPPER


Treat this like a backpacking trip. PACK LIGHT.

Since we’ll be on the water remember SUN SCREEN, SUN GLASSES (preferable polarized for fishing) and  a WIDE BRIMMED HAT. It’s really easy to get burned on a canoe trip.

Full Details are attached in the word document along with other information about the area in the PDF files.

Gregory Krapf,
Apr 22, 2017, 11:18 AM
Gregory Krapf,
Apr 22, 2017, 11:18 AM
Gregory Krapf,
Apr 22, 2017, 11:17 AM