Lets meet at 6PM at the Freeport boat ramp to kayak for about 45 min to an hour down the Allegheny River and back. I'd like to get back to the ramp by 8:15PM (sunset or shortly after), which means leaving sometime before 8:45PM by the time boats are on vehicles. Feel free to turn around sooner if you like- just let us know. This section of the Allegheny River runs through a deep valley (just below Harrison Hills Park). Since we will be paddling down river first- depending on current- plan to be conservative with the amount of time spend paddling out since the return will be a bit slower- going upriver. If we get near lock 4 (Natrona Heights) we will turn around. Parking is on the street, and sometimes a few blocks from the boat access. I recommend pulling into the boat ramp to unload your boat, and then parking. Do not stay parked on the boat ramp. I am not sure of the sticker requirements- I suspect this is a community and not (PA) boat access. I recommend bringing something to drink, an extra layer if it is cool, and a light (just incase). I should have an extra light or two to borrow if needed.
Written Directions from the Pittsburgh Area
Take Route 28 to Exit 16 (Natrona Heights/ Freeport)- about 25 Miles Northeast of the City. Turn right off the ramp onto Bakerstown Road, then make a left on Freeport Road. Follow Freeport road to the bottom of long hill and turn right onto a bridge crossing over a small creek. I believe it is Buffalo Street. Turn right onto 128 after crossing the Bridge. 128 becomes 2nd street. Follow 2nd Street to Riverside Drive and turn left. The community Boat access will be on the right (within a few blocks). If you get to an intersection where the road turns left and the right road is dirt you've gone a little too far and will have to loop around on the next road away from the river.
Here is some latitude and longitude information that may be useful to those with a GPS. (I do not use one- so I hope this helps)- Riverside Road (exact address unknown) should get you very close (within 0.25 miles of the boat launch). When on Riverside Road look for boat launch- the address here is approximate since this boat launch is not shown on a map, and I selected about where I saw it. Call Mike Ciccone if you have questions at[masked]
The trip will run unless there is lightning. Check weather or call if in doubt.
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Latitude:N 40° 40'[masked]"
Longitude:W 79° 41'[masked]"
Address:411 Riverside Drive, Freeport, PA 16229, USA