Kayakers paddling on the Schuylkill river in September

Water Sports

Kayak Tours

Hidden River Outfitters (HRO) offers guided tours on Schuylkill Banks from the Walnut Street Dock. HRO also offers private kayak tours upon request. Click here for more information about Schuylkill Banks Kayak Tours.

Boating at Bartram's Garden

Bartram's Garden offers free public boating on Saturday in the summer along with many other river events. Click here for more information about kayaking, canoeing and fishing at Bartram's Garden.

Using your own self-powered watercraft

Docks are available at Walnut Street and Bartram's Garden for public use. There is no driving to either dock, so you must carry or dolly in your kayak, canoe, or paddleboard. SRDC staff members are happy to open up the gate to the Walnut Street Dock whenever we are on the trail. Be aware of other traffic on the river, especially powerboats and jet skis which are common during the summer. A detailed map of river access points is here

Note that life jackets are mandatory for all boaters while they are underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or on any canoe or kayak between November 1 and April 30.