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Pittsburgh Kayakers Message Board › where to get in the water

where to get in the water

A former member
Post #: 1
Thinking of visiting Pittsburgh and plan to bring the kayak to enjoy the water. Where are some good spots for a relative beginner to enjoy the water in or near Pittsburgh?
Marc B.
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Pittsburgh, PA
Post #: 3
John V.
user 8944357
Pittsburgh, PA
Post #: 153
in this thread I don't think anyone mentioned my favorite Pgh river put-ins: Sharpsburg and Millvale. Both have ample free parking and don't require a bood-sucking PA Boat Commission sticker on your kayak. More importantly, they provide easy access to the Washington's Landing back channel, Pine Creek, river islands, the downtown/North Shore area, and the river bank isn't as industrial as the Mon or Ohio...quite scenic in a few spots.
Kerry
user 8339278
Pittsburgh, PA
Post #: 5
I prefer Duck Hollow on the Mon. From Squirrel Hill (the exit from the Parkway east) head south towards Homestead down Browns Hill Road. Halfway down the hill (you will see the Homestead High Level bridge ahead) there is a left hand turn just past the fast food places and before the high rise for the elderly. Turn and follow the road downhill, then turn left immediately after you drive under the railroad trestle and you will emerge into a small parking area. There is a concrete path down to a put in ramp in a shaded shallow area of the river. You can paddle upstream several miles as far as the dam or downstream towards the city. Very scenic and mostly green wooded shores with plenty of water birds -- we even saw a beaver lodge and a beaver there 3 years ago and a gorgeous huge rat snake hanging out on a railroad bridge pier last month.
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