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Clarion River Paddling Program: Portland Mills-Arroyo Bridge

Cook Forest State Park will be conducting a 6-mile interpretive historical paddling program from Portland Mills to   Arroyo Bridge for experienced canoeists/kayakers only.  This section of river is rich in local history.  We will pass evidence of the old log booms & mills at Portland Mills as well as bridge remnants of the Clarion River Railway.  Come see where John Cobb’s mill was located before he was flooded out at Beech Bottom.  Bald   eagles & osprey often make an appearance in this secluded wilderness section of the National Wild & Scenic Clarion River.  We will meet promptly at the Park Office and car-pool to the starting point up-river.  Remember to pack water, protective footwear, raingear, and change of clothes.  Don’t forget your fishing poles!  Cost is $50/boat with check or money order made out to ‘Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’.  Lunch provided to those who register by 6/22.  Prior Cook Forest kayak training participants receive a 50% discount.  Space is limited, so please reserve early, pre-registration required. 

Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 8:30am to 4:30pm

Cook Forest State Park
113 River Road, Cooksburg, PA 16217-0120


State Parks


Educational Programs, Get Outdoors PA, History

Outdoor Activities

Boating, Canoeing/Flatwater Kayaking, Hiking and Walking, Wildlife Watching/Birding, Fishing, Spinner Fishing


Pennsylvania Wilds

Target Audience

Veterans, Volunteers, Teachers/Educators, Forest Landowners, Families, Scouts

Exact Location

Park Office

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Casey McMillen

Casey McMillen left a positive review 6/24/2017

This trip was amazing! The Clarion River is beautiful. Dale Luthringer is a tremendous guide. I learned a lot about the history of the river as well as information on trees, plants, and wildlife. The river level was perfect. Dale prepared a great lunch for us and had a spot on the riverbank scouted out for our picnic. Every detail was taken care of thanks to Dale's experience. Dale is not only a great naturalist he will also help you with any paddling skills you need help with. Wow!