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Paddling the Allegheny
We are open 7 days a week, weather pending, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend (peak season). On weekdays, first shuttle departs at 10 am, last one leaves at 2 pm. On weekends, first shuttle departs at 9 am, last one leaves at 5 pm. Our season stretches from April through October, and is reservation only before and after peak season.

Allegheny Outfitters offers three basic day trips of varying lengths and prices. Walk-ins are welcome but reservations are strongly recommended, especially on weekends and holidays. Large groups of 6 or more canoes typically plan their trips at least a month ahead of time. Trip prices listed below include boat rental, paddles, lifejackets, tax and transportation to and from the start and end points. Groups of six or more canoes on a weekday get a 10 percent discount. Tax-exempt groups should take 6 percent off the listed price.

Although the majority of our trips are self-guided, the livery’s staff is happy to explain your route ahead of time. You can also purchase a copy of the Allegheny River Paddling Guide, a water resistant river map book that uses text, photos and illustrations to explain the many sites paddlers come across on the first 45 miles of the Allegheny.


Kinzua DamTrip 1: Kinzua Dam to Allegheny Outfitters

7 miles. Takes 2 to 3 hours, longer if you like. $40 per canoe or double kayak; $35 per single kayak; $15 if you bring your own boat.

Hands down our most popular trip. The biggest draw, aside from the stunning scenery, is that this trip gives you options. It is short enough to get done quickly should you be pressed for time, racing against bad weather, or with someone who suddenly decides they don’t much like being in a boat. But because there’s no pickup involved – you finish at the livery, where your vehicle is parked – you’re also welcome to take your time. Many groups turn this into a five-hour trip, stopping at favorite swimming holes or one of the uninhabited islands along the way to picnic and explore. This calm stretch of the Allegheny is punctuated with summer camps, trees, rocks and islands. It’s great for kids, novices or anyone looking to relax. 

The Allegheny River in WarrenTrip 2: Kinzua Dam to Betts Park

8 miles. Takes 3 to 3.5 hours. Two canoe minimum. $45 per canoe or double kayak; $40 per single kayak; $20 if you bring your own boat.

This trip lets paddlers enjoy the scenic beauty of the upper Allegheny plus get a glance at its more industrial side – including passing through historic downtown Warren. Paddlers begin at AO livery, and must navigate a short but rowdy set of rapids behind United Refinery. From there it’s smooth sailing as you pass under a few old railroad bridges and into Warren where the skyline is punctuated by a flatiron building with a steeple clock on it. Ducks and geese mingle in parks along the riverbank. The historic Hickory Street Bridge arches over the Allegheny like a scene out of a Hallmark card. After leaving Warren, paddlers enter into a scenic area called Starbrick where a few houses and camps dot the riverbank. White-tailed deer hide in the brush while Great Blue Herons wade near the shore looking for fish, frogs and other small prey. This trip ends at Buckaloons Recreation Area, part of the Allegheny National Forest. The campground sits on a former Seneca Indian village and includes a one-mile “Seneca Interpretive Trail” where visitors can learn about several tree types (white pine, sycamore, shagbark hickory, white oak) and the ways in which animals and humans have used the trees over the centuries. Paddlers must begin this trip no later than 11 a.m. The latest pickup is at 4:30 p.m.

The Allegheny Rivernear the BuckaloonsTrip 3: Kinzua Dam to Buckaloons

15 miles. Takes 5 to 6 hours. Two canoe minimum. $55 per canoe or double kayak; $50 per single kayak; $25 if you bring your own boat.

This is our longest day trip – and it isn’t for the weak of heart or arms. The trip covers everything described in Trips 1 and 2. Paddlers must begin this trip no later than 9 a.m. The latest pickup is at 4:30 p.m. (To make camping reservations at Buckaloons, see our “Links” page).


Allegheny river near Betts Park

TRIP 4: AO - Wildwood

16 miles. Two-day (one night) trip, $60.00 per canoe. Three-day (two-night) trip, $80.00 per canoe.

The same as Trip 2, except that you keep paddling another 8 miles south of Buckaloons. Most paddlers are on the water for roughly 3 hours the first day. The following day, they paddle another 3 hours to the Wildwood (river left) for pick-up.


Hickory Street Bridge TRIP 5: Kinzua Dam - Wildwood

24 miles. Two-day (one night) trip, $80.00 per canoe*. Three-day (two night) trip, $95.00 per canoe*.

This is our most popular overnight trip. It gives you the best of both worlds: it winds past scenic, remote areas and also takes you through historic downtown Warren - a great place to explore, grab lunch or just admire as you float by. The starting point for this trip is 24 miles upriver, at Kinzua Dam - a wonder itself. The trip can be done in two or three days, depending on how far you want to paddle each day.

Tidioute TRIP 6: AO - Tionesta

38 miles. Three-day (two night) trip, $105.00 per canoe* or double kayak; $95.00 per kayak. Four-day (three night) trip, $115.00 per canoe* or double kayak; $105 per kayak.

This journey takes you 38 miles, from AO to Tionesta. Paddlers will pass through historic downtown Warren, encounter all seven of the federally protected Wilderness Islands and large swaths of the Allegheny National Forest and float past the town of Tidioute, pop. 800. The trip ends at Tionesta, where visitors will find a 75-foot tall lighthouse not far from the boat launch. For more details on where to stop for supplies, hiking, camping and more, see the Allegheny River Paddling Guide.

* Three canoe minimum.

 

Tidioute TRIP 7: Kinzua Dam - President

52 miles. Three-day (two night) trip, $130.00 per canoe* or double kayak; $120.00 per kayak. Four-day (three night) trip, $140.00 per canoe* or double kayak; $130 per kayak.

This is a popular trip for Scouts and Venture Crews looking to get their 50-mile badge. For more details on where to stop for supplies, hiking, camping and more, see the Allegheny River Paddling Guide.

* Three canoe minimum.

 

Tidioute TRIP 8: Kinzua Dam - Oil City

66 miles. Four-day (three night) trip, $185.00 per canoe* or double kayak; $165.00 per kayak. Five-day (four night) trip, $195.00 per canoe* or double kayak; $170.00 per kayak.

This trip takes you through the Upper and Lower Middle Allegheny River Water Trail. Please contact us for trip planning details. For more details on where to stop for supplies, hiking, camping and more, see the Allegheny River Paddling Guide.

* Three canoe minimum.

 

Tidioute TRIP 9: AO - Emlenton

100 miles. Six-day (five night) trip, $250.00 per canoe* or double kayak; $220.00 per kayak. Seven-day (six night) trip, $265.00 per canoe* or double kayak; $235.00 per kayak.

This is a popular trip for Scouts and Venture Crews looking to get their 100-mile badge. This trip takes you through the Upper and Lower Middle Allegheny River Water Trail. Please contact us for trip planning details. For more details on where to stop for supplies, hiking, camping and more, see the Allegheny River Paddling Guide.

* Three canoe minimum.