By Dauphin County Parks & Recreation (other events)

9 Dates Through Sep 14, 2021

This adventurous wellness program is geared for those interested in learning how to kayak. Enjoy approximately six miles of easy paddling for two hours on the normally gentle, tree-lined Swatara Creek!  This guided two-hour evening paddle will let you discover firsthand why many are getting involved in this healthy life-long hobby.  We are happy to offer this event as part of our Park Rx series of programs, a portion of the program costs are being sponsored by Highmark Blue Shield. 

Guides will provide kayak skill instruction before and during the trip, but participants should be in moderate physical condition and prepared to be physically active. 

Everything is provided including kayaks, equipment, shuttle, guides, and safety instruction. 

What to expect from kayak and creek:

The sit-inside kayaks were built for beginners and recreational users (NOT whitewater.)  Kayak bottoms are fairly wide and flat, offering a lot of balance forgiveness. Seats are cushioned and foot braces adjustable. The Swatara Creek is gentle and no spray skirt is required. Most creek banks are lined with trees, limestone outcrops, and a few small islands mid-stream. Water levels are typically 1-3 feet with occasional deep spots. Bald eagle sightings are frequent and blue heron often fish the creekside and are incredible subjects for the quick photographer. The Swatara Watershed is a healthy ecosystem abundant with countless species of wildlife.

Participants must be at least 6 years of age to participate. They would also need a parent or other responsible adult to participate in the program.  No one under the age of 18 can participate without a parent, adult family member, or guardian.

Masks will be required at all times while in the transport vehicle(s) to comply with COVID-19 protocols. Masks are not required while on the water in your individual kayak.  All equipment is cleaned before each use. 

This event is rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather conditions, you will have the option of reserving for another date based upon availability. 

You must answer the following questions as part of the reservation process which will ensure the right size kayak:

1. Are there kayak renters over 6 ft. tall in your party?  If so, please enter the number.

2. Are there single kayak renters over 230 lbs.? If so, please enter the number of kayak renters over this weight.

3. You acknowledge that no renters can be under the age of 6 years old.  Renters between ages 6-8 years old must be in a 2-person kayak with a responsible adult.

You will be required to sign a waiver of liability with Cocoa Kayaks, the provider of this program, before participating.  This waiver link is provided in your confirmation email and the waiver should be taken with you on the evening of your event. 

COVID-19 Update (8/30/21) - In the past few weeks there has been an increase in COVID cases among the unvaccinated (children included). The new variant, Delta, has a high transmission rate. The CDC has elevated the Dauphin County community to be that of substantial risk of exposure. We strongly encourage our guests to wear masks during this event while in the transport vehicle, and until you are in the water in your own kayak. While we encourage mask wearing, we are not mandating it.  


No renters can be under the age of 6 years old. 
Renters between ages 6-8 years old must be in a 2-person kayak with a responsible adult.

Dauphin County Parks & Recreation

Mailing Address

100 Fort Hunter Road Harrisburg, PA 17110