Schuylkill River Sojourn coming to Mont Clare

Photo by Heather Tyrrell/ Kayakers make their way through Lock 60 during last year's Schuylkill River Sojourn. The stop at Lock 60 in Mont Clare for this year's sojourn is scheduled to take place at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

Paddlers in the 14th annual Schuylkill River Sojourn will travel through Montgomery and Chester Counties, on June 5, 6 and 7, making overnight stops in Pottstown, Mont Clare and West Conshohocken.

The Schuylkill River Sojourn is a 112-mile, seven-day guided canoe and kayak tour that takes paddlers from Schuylkill Haven to Philadelphia. This year, about 200 participants will take all or part of the trip, beginning on June 2 at Schuylkill Haven, traveling through Schuylkill, Berks, Chester and Montgomery counties and finishing up in Philadelphia’s Boathouse Row on June 8.

This year, non-sojourners can follow the progress of the sojourn through a live blog at http://schuylkillriversojourn.blogspot.com.

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In addition, the public is invited to attend all programs at evening campsites. Learning about the river is an essential component of the sojourn, and each year educational programs about some aspect of the river are incorporated into the lunch and evening stops.

This year’s program theme is Recreation and the River, focusing on recreational opportunities that are available throughout the region. Sojourners will learn about cycling at the Gibraltar campsite, try yoga in Pottstown, get a lesson in orienteering in Mont Clare, and see a fly fishing demonstration in Conshohocken. Below is a list of times, dates, and programs scheduled for June 5, 6 and 7 as the sojourn travels through Montgomery and Chester counties.

Tuesday, June 5 (16.2 miles from Gibraltar to Pottstown)

3 p.m. arrival at Pottstown Riverfront Park

7 p.m. Sojourners will stretch out and relax at Riverfront Park, with an open-air yoga session presented by Barbara Kosciewicz, owner of High Street Yoga, in Pottstown. Afterward, the band Sullivan’s Bridge will bring a peaceful end to the evening with a selection of Irish music and rock covers.

Wednesday, June 8 (17.8 miles)

9 a.m. launch from Pottstown’s Riverfront Park.

12 p.m. lunch stop Royersford Victory Park, presentation on Becoming an Olympic Athlete.

4 p.m. Mont Clare, sojourners “lock through” the restored Lock 60 of the Schuylkill Canal.

7 p.m. Members of the Delaware Valley Orienteering Association will lead an informal discussion on the basics of orienteering. The evening activities will finish with a performance by Raven Hill Band, a group of blue grass musicians from Phoenixville.

Thursday, June 7 (14 miles)

9 a.m. launch from Mont Clare

12 p.m. lunch stop Upper Merion Boathouse, Larry Carolan of the Upper Merion Boathouse will give an introduction to rowing.

4:30 p.m. arrival West Conshohocken

6:30 p.m. A presentation on fly fishing will be given by Jake Villwock of TCO Fly Shop, one of the largest fly fishing outfitters on the east coast.

Friday, June 8 (16 miles)

9 a.m. West Conshohocken launch

12 p.m. lunch at the Philadelphia Canoe Club, with a presentation about the canoe club.

4:30 p.m. Lloyd Hall, Boathouse Row final take out

(Please note: all arrival times are approximate)

The Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area is a non-profit organization that uses conservation, education, recreation, cultural and historic preservation and tourism as tools for community revitalization and economic development. For more information, visit www.schuylkillriver.org.