Paddling the Susquehanna River

Challenge Level: light


No prior canoeing experience is required. The middle stretch of the Susquehanna River is predominantly flat water, with a depth of 3 to 7 feet and a few small, Class 1 rapids. We will teach you everything you need to know!

During this BuckWild trip, you and your team will canoe on a 52-mile stretch of the Susquehanna River, which flows from Selinsgrove to Harrisburg, Pa. Along the way, you will camp along the river and explore the beautiful nature of Central Pennsylvania.

Learn more about the Susquehanna River trail


How to Prepare


Expedition Itinerary

The experience below is only an example. Trips are subject to change based on weather, local conditions and other circumstances.

Day 1

7 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Move in to the Residence Halls, eat breakfast and lunch on your own.

12:15 p.m. In a duffel bag, bring your equipment from the packing list to a storage area.

12:30 p.m. Meet with the associate dean, director of Outdoor Education & Leadership and BuckWild student trip leaders in the Weis Center.

1:30 p.m. Family good-byes.

1:45 p.m. Report to the Academic Quad to meet with your BuckWild student trip leaders.

2 p.m. Families meet with the president, provost and dean of students in the Weis Center.

2:30 p.m. Families depart campus or attend a social hour in the Weis Center Lobby until 3:30 p.m.

Day 2

Wake up, pack up equipment and depart campus! Paddle between 8 and 12 miles. Set up camp. Enjoy fun activities prepared by BuckWild trip leaders.

Day 3

Wake up and pack up equipment. Paddle approximately 12-14 miles. Set up camp. Enjoy fun activities prepared by BuckWild trip leaders.

Day 4

Wake up and pack up equipment. Paddle between 12 and 16 miles. Set up camp. Enjoy fun activities prepared by BuckWild trip leaders.

Day 5

Wake up and pack up equipment. Finish paddling to meet the vehicles (8-10 miles). Meet and engage with Bucknell professors in the afternoon at the Cowan Forest D. Brown Retreat Center. Enjoy food and festivities mid-evening. Go back to your residence hall to shower, then meet up for the Arts First Pre-orientation Program performance. Sleep in your residence hall.

Day 6

Eat breakfast at 8:15 a.m. in Larison Dining Hall. Your BuckWild trip leaders will talk about the New Student Orientation schedule and you'll watch a slideshow displaying each of BuckWild trip experience. New Student Orientation begins a little before lunch.

Outdoor Education & Leadership


Elaine Langone Center, Ground Floor