The 2018 Stony-Kiski-Conemaugh Rivers Sojourn is planned and coordinated annually by a CVC volunteer committee. The Sojourn is appropriate for both new and experienced paddlers, and is a great way to learn about the rivers, history, culture and recreation resources in the Kiski-Conemaugh corridor. Most meals are included in the price of registration and participants can register for one, two, three, or all four days. Primitive camping is available at locations along the route for those who wish to travel with the group. Participants must bring and set up their own camping equipment. Help with shuttling is provided, and participants can bring their own paddling gear or rent from area outfitters. A detailed packet is provided to registrants that includes directions to all access areas, a preparation checklist, outfitter information and more. The event is typically scheduled for the first weekend in June and this year we continued the paddle on the Kiski down to Roaring Run on the fourth day.
Thursday – Johnstown (Greenhouse Park put-in) to Seward through Conemaugh Gap; approximately 15 miles, mostly flat paddling with a couple of Class I or II ripples; camp in Blairsville. In event of low water, we may start at the put-in in Cambria City (a neighborhood on the west side of Johnstown).
Friday – Robinson to Blairsville through Packsaddle Gap; approximately 10 miles, mostly flat paddling with a couple of Class I or II ripples; camp at Conemaugh Dam.
Saturday – Conemaugh Dam to Avonmore with stop in Saltsburg; approximately 12 miles, flat paddling; camp at Avonmore.
Sunday - Avonmore to Roaring Run; approximately 7 miles, mostly flat paddling.
For more information about the routes, check out the Kiski-Conemaugh Water Trail Map and Guide at http://www.mainlinecanalgreenway.org/water_trails.shtml.