anglers fish from a boat on the tidal Schuylkill


Boating is allowed on the tidal Schuylkill. At this time there are no public ramps or launch facilities for motorized craft or other large boats along Schuylkill Banks. Please observe the no wake zone around the Walnut and Chestnut Street Bridges and give wide berth to non-motorized river traffic and all fishing lines.

There is a dock under the Walnut Street Bridge for limited public use when it is not being used for organized events on Schuylkill Banks. Please stay within sight of any watercraft tied up to the dock and limit the time you are tied up on the dock to a maximum of 30 minutes to allow others to use the space as well. SRDC staff members are happy to open up the gate to the Walnut Street Dock whenever we are on the trail.

There is a dock at Bartram’s Garden for public use – no permission or launch permit is needed. There is no vehicle access, you must carry in your canoe, kayak or paddleboard. Check out this map for access points and parking info.

Visit the PA Fish and Boat Commission website to learn about boat registration and other boating regulations and about certification requirements for personal watercraft.