WEST PITTSTON — It’s the best river in the state, according to Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers. Now’s your chance to get a closer look.
Jan Lokuta will host the first Artists’ River Tour of the Susquehanna River on Friday, June 24 from Harding to West Pittston. The event invites artists, aspiring artists and anyone else who would like to join the Riverfront Parks Committee and Susquehanna Kayak and Canoe Rental for a leisurely paddle down the Susquehanna River as part of the Wyoming Valley RiverFest.
The trip will feature opportunities to stop along the way to sketch, draw or photograph the scenic river. Participants are invited to share their creations at RiverFest on Saturday, June 25 in Wilkes-Barre’s Nesbitt Park.
Participants will meet at 9 a.m. the West Pittston River Commons and be shuttled six miles up the river to Apple Tree Boat Launch in Harding.
“The trip is designed for artists,” Lokuta said. “We’re thinking we’ll be on the river for three to four hours. That will include two stops.”
The stops will be just below Campbell’s Ledge and the other just above the mouth of the Lackawanna River.
The North Branch of the Susquehanna River was recently named the 2016 River of the Year. Lokuta also said this year’s RiverFest coincides with the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.
“RiverFest has been going on since 2000,” Lokuta said. “It started off as a one-day festival dedicated to highlighting the value of the Susquehanna River as a historical natural resource. We really expanded it to a three-day event now.”
The trip is part of four river tours Susquehanna Kayak will offer as part of RiverFest. There will be one at 4 p.m. Friday, June 24 from West Pittston to Nesbitt Park; at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 25 from Harding to Nesbitt Park; and 8 a.m. Sunday, June 26 from Nesbitt Park to Hunlock Creek.
Cost for each tour is $45 with a recreational kayak rental, $60 with a tandem kayak or canoe rental, or $25 if participants bring their own kayak. Cost covers shuttle service, T-shirts and river guides.
For more information about the kayak trip, contact Susquehanna Kayak and Canoe Rental at 570-388-6107 or visit www.kayaktheriver.com.
“They focus the mind’s eye on reality,” Lokuta said of artists. “We want them to see the beauty of the Susquehanna River as it is.”