When: Saturday, July 13th & Sunday July 14th, 10:30am/12:30pm/2:30pm,
and Every Weekend through Summer 2019

Where: Zimmerman Center for Heritage, 1706 Long Level Rd., Wrightsville, PA


On Saturday, July 13th and Sunday, July 14th, Susquehanna National Heritage Area will launch our pilot season of River Discovery Boat Tours on the Susquehanna River. Three FREE pontoon boat tours will be offered every Saturday and Sunday through the summer from our Zimmerman Center for Heritage dock, on the river south of Wrightsville, PA. Tour times for the initial pilot season are 10:30am, 12:30pm, and 2:30pm.

Tour participants will cruise the Susquehanna in a comfortable 10-passenger pontoon boat owned and operated by locally-based Long Level Marina. Susquehanna National Heritage Area’s on-board guides will lead participants on a 1 hour 15 minute tour of the Lake Clarke portion of the river while sharing the Susquehanna’s rich natural and cultural history. Tour participants will enjoy being on the water, hearing stories of the river, and viewing beautiful scenery and wildlife.

The River Discovery Tours are the first new initiative of Susquehanna National Heritage Area since Congressional designation of Lancaster and York Counties as America’s 55th National Heritage Area in March 2019. The 2019 pilot season of tours are offered free of charge for all participants thanks to grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources/Heritage Areas Program and the National Park Service/Chesapeake Bay Gateways Program.

The River Discovery Tours were developed as part of the Zimmerman Center’s official role as a National Park Service Visitor Contact & Passport Station for the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, America’s first water-based National Historic Trail. Special themed tours and round-trip cruises between the Zimmerman Center and the Columbia Crossing River Trails Center we manage on the Columbia riverfront will be offered later in the summer. If popular with the public in this pilot season, an expanded schedule of tours will be developed for 2020 and beyond.

Each tour has a limited number of seats and online reservations are recommended. Reservations are limited to 4 persons maximum per tour and one reservation per tour day. Unreserved seats may be available on the first-come, first-served basis. Tours leave from the Zimmerman Center dock, 1706 Long Level Rd., four miles south of Wrightsville.

More information about River Discovery Boat Tours and making reservations can be found here.