Stony-Kiski Sojourn2019-05-28T13:59:11-04:00

Join the River Rebellion: June 6-9, 2019

Join us for River Rebellion: Stony-Kiski-Conemaugh Rivers Sojourn 2019

See your world from a new point of view!

Our annual sojourn showcases the entire river valley in a spectacular four day, 44-mile float on the Stonycreek, Conemaugh, and Kiskiminetas Rivers. From Johnstown to Apollo, we’ll paddle through breathtaking vistas each day and camp each night. The sojourn will take us through deep river gorges, with views of historic canal remnants and wildlife along the way. All skill levels are welcome! Register for one day, two, or make it a full weekend in the great outdoors!

No Experience Necessary

The sojourn offers mostly flat paddling along the borders of Cambria, Westmoreland, Indiana and Armstrong counties, making it ideal for novice paddlers as well as those with more experience. Daily instruction is offered and designated safety paddlers accompany our group throughout the journey.

Sight Seeing

We’ll paddle through Conemaugh Gap, one of the deepest gorges in the country and through the scenic and secluded Packsaddle Gap. Each day we’ll make stops in historic communities like Blairsville, Saltsburg, and Apollo.

Register Early

Registration is limited to the first 100, so please register early to guarantee your spot.

$40 per person / per day

CVC Members:
$35 per person / per day

CVC memberships are just $25 and include your entire household. Become a CVC Member today to protect our rivers and support conservation in the Kiski-Conemaugh River Valley and check out our other event discounts. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration Limited

If you missed registration, it’s not too late. We are accepting just a few more participants. If you would like to join our annual sojourn, please send us an email.


Day 1 – Thursday:

We’ll depart Johnstown from Greenhouse Park and travel approximately 15 miles to Seward. This day consists of mostly flat paddling with a couple of Class I or II ripples. We’ll make camp in Blairsville.

In the event of low water, we may launch from Cambria City on the west side of Johnstown.

Day 2 – Friday:

Friday is a 10-mile run through the beautiful Packsaddle Gap, featuring a mostly flat paddle with a couple of Class I or II ripples. We’ll set up camp at Conemaugh Dam.

Day 3 – Saturday:

The group will depart from Conemaugh Dam and make a stop halfway through the trip in Historic Saltsburg. The town will be celebrating their 37th Annual Historic Canal Days Festival. Enjoy the music and the atmosphere before we finish our paddle to Avonmore, where we’ll make camp. Saturday’s trip is approximately 12 total miles.

The Rebecca Hadden House Museum will be open during the festival.

Day 4 – Sunday:

On our last day, we’ll float approximately 7 miles to Roaring Run Recreation Area. This day consists of mostly flat paddling.

River Rebellion

The 2019 Stony-Kiski-Conemaugh River Sojourn will be a celebration the river and the rebellious spirits that have lead the way to their revival. Not so long ago, our rivers and streams suffered from decades of industrial pollution, filled with the rust-orange color of mining runoff. With the help of local leaders in conservation and volunteers that work year round, monitoring watersheds, the Kiski-Conemaugh River Valley has experienced an amazing rebound. Join the River Rebellion and enjoy a weekend of kayaking, hands-on learning, and educational guests at camp each night.

Boating Equipment & Shuttling

If you choose to bring your own boating gear, you will be responsible for transporting your kayak or canoe to the launch sites. Shuttles will be provided to get participants to and from their vehicles throughout the sojourn.

All sojourners will bring their own vehicles along for the entire trip. This will allow you to leave your camping equipment and other gear safely in your vehicle while we are on the water.

Conemaugh Valley Conservancy will provide rentals of single kayaks or two-person canoes for the sojourn and transport rental boats for the duration of the event. Rentals will include your boat, paddle or oars, PFD (life jacket), and safety whistle.

Single Kayaks: $20 / day

Two-Person Canoe: $35 / day

When registering for a canoe, remember that only one person from your party will need to add the rental to their registration form.

All sojourners will bring their own vehicles along for the entire trip. This will allow you to leave your camping equipment and other gear safely in your vehicle while we are on the water.

Meals & Camping

All meals, with the exception of Saturday’s lunch, are included in the price of your registration. On Saturday, we’ll make a midday stop at Saltsburg’s Historic Canal Days Festival, where you can buy a variety of tasty, carnival foods and treats, browse through handmade crafter’s tents, or tour the Rebecca B. Hadden Stone House Museum.

Remember: It’s important to stay hydrated! Please bring along extra bottled water and snacks to keep with you in your boat and at camp. Potable water will be available at campsites if you wish to bring a refillable water bottle.

You are responsible for bringing your own camping gear! Remember your tent, sleeping bag, and any personal items you’ll need for the trip.

Thursday Evening – We’ll camp at the Riverfront Area near Bairdstown Bridge in Blairsville, PA. Restrooms will be available at the Blairsville Herbron Lutheran Church, and showers at the Blairsville Community Center. There is potable water at the campsite, and there are several convenience stores nearby. A volunteer will stay at camp with our gear. No open fires are permitted.

Friday Evening – Camp will be set up at Conemaugh Dam Recreation Area in Tunnelton, PA. There are no showers at this site, but there are restrooms and potable water. No open fires are permitted.

Saturday Evening – We’ll camp at the Avonmore, PA Canoe Launch and Pavilion Area. There are no restroom or shower facilities available, but port-a-johns are provided, as well as water coolers. A fire pit and firewood will be available.

If tent camping isn’t what you had in mind, here are options for nightly accommodations.

Hampton Inn & Suites – Blairsville, PA

Days Inn – Blairsville, PA


For everyone’s safety, sojourners are asked to follow all rules from our event organizers. Full details and safety requirements will be issued in registration packets. All sojourners must wear a properly fitted US Coast Guard approved PFD (life jacket) and carry a whistle on their person during all on-water activities.

New Connections Between Old Neighbors

The Kiski-Conemaugh Water Trail is a key feature on the Pittsburgh-to-Harrisburg Main Line Canal Greenway, a 320-mile corridor of hub communities and heritage sites, connected by both land and water trails, roughly following the path of the Historic Main Line Canal.

The Sojourn Committee

This event is made possible by the dedicated volunteers on the Sojourn Committee. Each year they do an outstanding job planning paddling routes and menus, coordinating river activities, securing sponsors, planning transportation, and more. If you have a knack for marketing or planning or you love kayaking, consider joining the committee. Fresh faces are always welcome. 

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