Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Boating in the Lehigh Valley

Earlier this year, we took a canoe trip down the Little Schuylkill with our Hawk Mountain friends, then FH participated in another canoe trip with the Lehigh Valley Land Recycling Institute. Maybe it's because it's so stinking hot, or maybe it's because I love to try new things, but I am jazzed to check out some boat-related activities this summer.

The first is a series of canal boat dinner cruises in Easton. The canal boats are available for historical, educational tours nearly all the time, but these are the only tours I have heard about that include dinner and a show. The canal boats are pulled down the Lehigh Canal by mules - where else can you get a ticket like that in the Lehigh Valley?

If you're looking for something to do on date night other than dinner and a
movie, sign up for The National Canal Museum's one-of-a-kind dinner cruises.
Guests will enjoy a full-course meal and historical stories during a gentle ride
along the restored Lehigh Canal aboard the canal boat Josiah White II.

There's still time to catch The Elite Cruise that departs 5:30 p.m. July
23 with a variety of land and sea options including crab bisque, filet mignon
with bordelaise, chicken Alaska and pastries and desserts.

The summer closes with Clambake on the Canal, which departs 5:30 p.m. Aug. 27 and features clam chowder, shrimp, haddock, steamed clams, corn on the cob with drawn butter and classic desserts such as apple pan dowdy and shoofly pie.

In the fall the National Canal Museum will celebrate Oktoberfest with a cruise that
departs 1 p.m. Oct. 8. It features traditional German fare such as chicken and
dumplings, bratwurst, sauerkraut with knockwurst, German chocolate cake and

All events are catered by Kasey Lynn's Catering Service and will include entertainment. The cost is $40 per person. RSVP at 610-559-6613. (Source: Lehigh Valley Live)
Next, I want to take a paddle boat ride in Allentown. I member taking a paddle boat out on the Tidal Basin during cherry blossom season to see the monuments and flowering trees from a completely new vantage point.

Looking for a fun afternoon or evening that doesn’t involve the crowds of Dorney
Park, the drive to Easton, or the pocket-emptying power of The Sands? Check out
the paddle boat rides going on at Cedar Beach Park’s Muhlenberg Lake.

The rides are organized by Hyde ‘N Creek Paddleboats and cost just $5
per person for every half hour you’re out on the water. Hyde’s tent sits atop
Sparkle Island in the middle of Muhlenberg Lake... The paddle boats are
available every weeknight from 6 p.m. to sunset, and on the weekends from noon
until sunset, according to their Facebook page. Stop by and enjoy a peaceful
paddle on the lake after work, bring the whole family for an inexpensive
afternoon weekend, or take your beau out for a unique evening date. Hyde ‘N
Creek Paddleboats is open until October. (Source: My West End)

Then, I want to paddle in the Lehigh River with the Wildlands Conservancy. It completely full-service - equipment and guides provided - and the guides take care of shuttle service as well.

Explore the Lehigh River with Wildlands Conservancy! All equipment is provided
and all trips include beginner instruction and are led by our professional guides. Have a blast and learn about the unique ecosystem and the fascinating history that surrounds the Lehigh River. Everyone must pre-register. Space is limited, register today!

August 13th, 6:00pm
Full Moon Evening Bike & Boat Trip
Don’t miss this trip as we bike along the D&L Trail from Sand Island in Bethlehem to
Canal Park in Allentown, then paddle on the Lehigh River back to Sand Island.
We’ll stop on an island for a campfire before finishing our paddle under
moonlight. Trip will take approximately 4 hours from start to finish; cost is
$40/pp. Register by August 10. Maximum: 30

September 24th, 9:00am
Walnutport to Northampton Lehigh River Paddle
Join us for this debut trip as we paddle the Lehigh River starting at the Walnutport boat launch and ending at Northampton’s Canal Park. We’ll meet in Northampton and provide shuttle transportation to Walnutport before launching and paddling this
beautiful stretch of river. Trip will take approximately 4 hours from start to
finish; cost is $40/pp. Register by September 21. Maximum: 20

October 2nd, 1:00pm
Autumn Bike & Boat Trip
Celebrate the beautiful fall season! We’ll meet at Sand Island in Bethlehem and bike to Canal Park in Allentown before getting in canoes and paddling downstream back to our destination. Trip will take approximately 3 hours from start to finish; cost is
$35/pp. Register by September 28. Maximum: 30

Oct. 15th, 10:00am
Fall Foliage Lehigh River Paddle
Close out our season with our traditional paddle down the Lehigh River while the fall foliage is at its peak. We’ll meet at the Wilson Avenue river access and provide shuttle transportation to Canal Park in Allentown where we’ll journey back downriver in canoes. Trip will take approximately 4.5 hours from start to finish; cost is $40/pp. Register by October 12. Maximum: 30

If you have a group of ten or more, we’ll set up a personalized trip for you on the date and time that you prefer. For more information or to register for a trip, contact Wildlands Conservancy’s Outdoor Recreation Manager at 610-965-4397 ext. 135 or email (Source: Wildlands PA)
Stay cool!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the kind words about Hyde 'N Creek Paddleboats!