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Friends Group Members working as DCNR Conservation Volunteers do their best to remove fallen trees as time and conditions permit.  If you want to assist with this task, or are aware of a fallen tree obstructing navigation, email .

This Advisory Page is intended to make boaters navigating the Swatara Creek through Swatara State Park aware of known obstacles.  The number of obstacles and their locations can change on an hourly basis.  Information provided herein does not relieve boaters of their responsibility to carefully scout the creek ahead and constantly check for changing conditions. 

As of August 2, 2019, there are no known obstacles that totally obstruct navigation on the Swatara Creek's Swatara State Park Water Trail.  Caution is recommended when passing through the debris field which is approximately 1.3 miles downstream of the Swopes Valley Boat Launch. There are two consecutive 90 degree turns in an area containing 6 downed trees that have been partially cleared by volunteers.  Paddlers will make a 90 degree turn to their right and in less than 100 yards make another 90 degree turn to the left at which time they will immediately be faced with the partially cleared debris field.  It has been suggested that paddlers pass through the area along the left bank as the current on the right side of the creek will most likely force them into a maze of downed trees and strainers. Be careful when walking on the south or downstream left side of the creek as there is a large hornet nest in a low hanging tree branch.  The area is pictured below and the hornet's nest is on the right side of the photograph.  If the water level remains at current heights, we hope to clear the rest of the trees in this area in the next two weeks.