Susquehanna Riverlands

1,200 acres designated for public recreation

Susquehanna Riverlands Information

Since August 1980, the Susquehanna Riverlands Environmental Preserve has been providing the people of North Central Pennsylvania with quality recreation on its 1,200 acres on both the east and west banks of the Susquehanna River.

Hours of Operation

Susquehanna Riverlands is open daily except for Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s Day.

Gates open at 8 a.m. Closing time will vary depending on the time of year and will be posted on signs throughout the park.

During winter months, and based on environmental conditions (weather, etc.), access to the Riverlands may be limited. For example, in the winter months, visitors are asked to enter via the South gate. Maintenance activities are also limited during these times.

Rules and Regulations

•No alcoholic beverages are permitted anywhere on Talen Energy property.
•No swimming or wading in the lake.
•Pets must be kept on a leash and are NOT permitted in the Wetlands Nature Area.
•No hunting, trapping, or shooting is permitted in the Recreation Area or Wetlands Nature Area.
•No ATVs, snowmobiles, or other off-road motorized vehicles are permitted on Riverlands property. Motorcycles must be kept on roads and other paved areas.
•Horses are permitted on the east side of the river only.
•All Pennsylvania hunting, fishing, and boating laws apply and are enforced by the appropriate state agencies.
•No overnight camping.
•Fires are permitted in grills only.


Picnic pavilions at the Susquehanna Riverlands are available for groups, on a first-come basis, for outings year-round. The picnic area is equipped with charcoal grills, electrical outlets, recycling cans, playground equipment, and seasonal restrooms.

Weddings and alcoholic beverages are not permitted. Pets must be on a leash at all times.

Hiking and Recreation Area

A 400-acre recreation area on the west side of the Susquehanna River is open for daily use. The recreation area offers picnic pavilions and facilities, tables, grills, playgrounds, a volleyball court, and a ball field.

Explore plant and animal habitats along the Riverside Trail. The “Planet Walk” invites visitors to journey from the sun to Pluto by following a series of interpretive markers that depict a trip of nearly 4 billion miles. The 1.5-mile trail around the North Branch Canal is a great place for walking, biking, and cross-country skiing.

Lake Took-A-While

Our 30-acre lake and a restored section on the North Branch Canal provide fishing opportunities almost all year round. Each year, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission stocks Lake Took-A-While. Good bass fishing can be found in the narrow waters of the canal. The lake and canal are closed to ice fishing.

Please review this document to help take proper steps to avoid the spread of zebra mussels at Lake Took-A-While.

Wetlands Nature Area

The Wetlands Nature Area is a refuge for a wide variety of wildlife and plant species. The area not only provides a protected environment for a host of animals and plants but also gives visitors a chance to observe them in their natural surroundings. The trails wind through fields and forest and along the west bank of the Susquehanna River, providing opportunities for nature study, wildlife observation, photography, and other aspects of environmental education.

The Wetlands Nature Area was designated an “Urban Wildlife Sanctuary” in 1988. Hunting, fishing, trapping, and pets are prohibited.