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Kayaking in Mercer County

April 15, 2021

If you are searching for a scenic area for kayaking, then look no further than Mercer County! With beautiful waterways and kayak rentals available throughout the area, Mercer County is home to some of the best kayaking spots to enjoy with family and friends!

Maurice K. Goddard State Park

If you are looking for a place where you can kayak and enjoy a plethora of other outdoor activities for a day of fun, then the 2,856-acre Maurice K. Goddard State Park is the place for you! This park offers 1,440 acres of lake, near the 240-acre portion of the lake located northwest of Interstate 79, which is managed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

The park offers four boat launch areas, with three other launch areas in the state game lands. You can also rent a kayak storage rack at Launch #3 and Launch #4 in advance for a fee. In addition to a beautiful lake for kayaking, you can also enjoy fishing, hiking, picnicking, and wildlife watching at the park.

Pymatuning State Park

Wide-open spaces are what you will find in the Pymatuning State Park. This 16,892-acre park is one of the largest parks in Pennsylvania and boasts a 17,088-acre Pymatuning Reservoir, which is the largest man-made lake in Pennsylvania, making it a perfect place to explore on your kayak. You can fish, swim, picnic, and even camp out in the park for a weekend of kayaking and outdoor adventure.


Shenango River Trail
Follow the Shenango River Water Trail from just below the Pymatuning Dam to Riverside Park located in Greenville. This kayaking trip is nine river miles and takes about 3.5 hours to complete. While enjoying the trail, keep an eye out for birds of prey, a variety of species of ducks, and songbirds. You can also expect to see beavers, muskrats, and deer on your kayaking journey.

Shenango River Lake

The Shenango River Lake is a great place for kayaking and other watersports. This lake is part of the US Army Corp of Engineers flood system for the Beaver and Upper Ohio Rivers. Kayak the lake and enjoy scenic views and wildlife watching opportunities. In addition to kayaking, you can hike an interpretive trail, picnic, camp, and fish with plenty of gorgeous views perfect for nature photography.

Ready to Plan Your Kayak Adventure?

Plan your kayak trip to Mercer County today. Start by checking out Carried Away Outfitters in Greenville, North Star Marina in Clark or Pymatuning Rentals & Information Center in Jamestown to get the gear you need for a day or weekend full of outdoor adventure!

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