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December 27, 2022
The North Branch Susquehanna River Needs Your Vote!
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Do Your Part – Vote North Branch Susquehanna for 2023 River of the Year

The North Branch Susquehanna River Water Trail runs through the heart of the Susquehanna Greenway and NEPA, and it just so happens that this very landscape was recently nominated for River of the Year 2023! If you love the beauty and recreation to be had along this stretch of river, consider putting in your vote.

This very special designation, administered by the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR), could mean a lot for conservation efforts and recreational opportunities along the North Branch.

After a waterway is chosen for the annual honor, local groups implement a year-round slate of activities and events to celebrate the river, including a paddling trip, or sojourn. A $10,000 leadership grant will be awarded from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to help fund River of the Year activities.


Photo Courtesy of Susquehanna Greenway Partnership


As the water trail manager of the Lower North Branch (Columbia/Luzerne County line to Sunbury), the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership (SGP) works closely along this part of the river with many partners to support river access, activities, and health. They are joined by the Endless Mountains Heritage Region, who manages the Upper North Branch (NY border to Columbia/Luzerne County line).

So, what, specifically, is in store should the North Branch win? An article put together by the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association dives into some of these details.

The North Branch is a living, breathing thing. It has a character that is as unique and changing as the river itself, shifting from rolling meadows & forests to seemingly endless mountains, vibrant cities with industrial pasts to quaint river towns that dot the winding river valley. It runs right through the core of the Susquehanna Greenway and NEPA.


Photo Courtesy of Susquehanna Greenway Partnership


The North Branch and the communities along the river could greatly benefit from your vote!

Should the North Branch receive this unique designation, there are many noteworthy organizations ready to step up to the plate to improve the health and accessibility of the river and provide some fun events for the public to celebrate.

Now, it’s up to our friends and neighbors to show their North Branch love. Vote and help us foster this treasure that runs right through our backyard!

One vote is allowed per email between now and 5 p.m. EST on Jan. 18, 2023. Voting can be done at this link. Learn more about each of the 2023 River of the Year finalists here.


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Quick Guide to Paddling the Susquehanna River

Paddling Safety Resources

Purchase North Branch Stickers, Decals & Maps


Featured Image by David Walsh Provided by Susquehanna Greenway Partnership