Lets meet at 6:15PM at the Freeport boat ramp to kayak for about an hour and a half up the Allegheny and Kiskiminetas River (which comes in on the right just before lock 5) before heading back to our cars by sunset. Paddle less or more if you like. I'd like to get back to the boat ramp by 9PM, which means leaving sometime before 9:15PM by the time boats are on vehicles. Feel free to turn around sooner if you like- just let us know. This is a beautiful area about 30 miles Northeast of Pittsburgh that I have paddled several times in the evening after work. The scenery gets better the further up the Kiski River you go. 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.
of Selected Location
Latitude:N 40° 40'[masked]"
Longitude:W 79° 41'[masked]"
Address:411 Riverside Drive, Freeport, PA 16229, USA
Civil Twilight: 9:22PM
FYI: This trip has been cross posted with the Butler Outdoor Club and Explorers Club of Pittsburgh