Get on the Water
We're improving access for waterway recreation. Now, grabbing your canoe and finding a place to paddle is much easier, thanks to the 81 river access locations made possible by WPC’s Canoe Access Development Fund (CADF). Learn how you can take advantage of great regional paddling trips that were improved with CADF grants.
“By making river access easy, more people will be introduced to our rivers. This is good because rivers are where people fall in love with the natural world. If you want to protect nature, get more people on the water.”
- Barry Tuscano, longtime WPC member and paddling enthusiast
“I didn’t hesitate to get in the water. I was all by myself and not worried about grandkids. I was blissfully floating along and enjoying the ducks and the flowers and I thought I could fall asleep. I loved it!”
– Susan Ansell of Scottdale, remembering her first float on Jacobs Creek.
Our interactive map highlights some canoe and kayak trips in our region and provides details on and locations of WPC-funded put-in and take-out sites.
Our projects focus on streams in the region that people can canoe or kayak, with an emphasis on easier whitewater that is suitable for novice paddlers.
The best reference for identifying these types of streams remains the “Canoeing Guide to Western Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia,” compiled and edited by Roy Weil and Mary Shaw, WPC members who established the CADF fund in 2008.