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SojournAccording to the calendar Spring has officially arrived.  As I look outside at the snow falling once again I have to wonder?  The River’s Edge is now open for the season!  Ev and I have renovated the whole store and are adding more canoe & kayaking gear for our paddling customers.    We have just received a new shipment of Emotion Kayaks and SUP boards(more on this to follow).  Stop by the shop to see whats new and exciting.  Once again The River’s Edge will be participating in the Alle-Kiski-Connie Rivers Sojourn.  Join us for a scenic river adventure; paddling through the beautiful Allegheny, Kiskiminetas and Conemaugh Valleys.  Share in the rich heritage of these unique waterways.  For more information check out the StrongLand Chamber of Commerce website.   The event is May 12-15,  or paddlers can opt for the day paddle on Saturday.  This is a great opportunity to join a great group of paddlers.  Hope to see you on the water!

Summer and the Lazy Blogger.

Well Summer is in full swing here at The River’s Edge and I’ve been neglecting my blogging duties. So far this year we have had great weather and even better water. The Kiski has been averaging about 3.5 feet deep at the Vandergrift gauge. This means great paddling and no dragging! Several small businesses have popped up along the river offering paddlers a choice of sandwiches to seafood! The Dairy Queen has also made a nice path from the river so customers can even stop for ice cream along the way! We have been spending more time on the water this year to better serve our paddling customers. We even took a full moon paddle with a group of friends last month to check out the river at night. Stay tuned for more updates or check us out on FACEBOOK.

Leaf Peepin.

The fall foliage is just about peak. As I look out the window this morning I can see a wonderful array of yellows, reds, pinks, and some green still. The river has risen to 4.84 feet and is looking good for the fall foliage floats. At this level it is almost impossible for me to not head out on the water! If all goes well I should make it out this week. Hope to see you on the water!

Autumn Bliss!

The weather and the water are perfect for paddling. The water is at 3.81 feet at the gauge in Vandergrift and the weather should be ideal for paddling this weekend. Anyone who hasn’t had a chance to see how beautiful the Kiski is should consider a trip. The leaves are just beginning to turn and I will keep you posted as they approach their peak. Hope to see you on the water!

Blue Heron

Blue Heron

Sojourn Success!

Thanks to everyone who helped make the F.L.A.G. Fall Sojourn a rousing success. We started the day early in the morning in Apollo, PA. The water was on the low side, but we still made good time to Leechburg. The three hour trip was enough to build some hearty appetites! Josh and Laura at the Addison House had a wonderful pasta buffet ready for when we arrived. The food is always great and the service superb! A short presentation by Laura Hawkins rounded out our one hour break. A big thanks to Bill for watching our boats and we were back in the water. The trip to Schenley was met with questions from power boats on the lower Kiski wondering who we were and where we we were going. A quick rest stop at the Kiski Campsites and we headed out into the Allegheny River. The contrast between the two rivers is amazing! The Allegheny felt like going into the ocean after paddling the Kiski for most of the day. When we finally heard the music playing at the Riverfront Park in Freeport, I think we all felt a sense of relief. Of course when they made the announcement to the crowd that we were pulling in, I noticed we picked up the pace for the last couple hundred yards. What a great day on the rivers and what a showcase for the region!

The River’s Edge & F.L.A.G. Fall Sojourn!

Come join us  on September 20th for a fantastic trip from Apollo to Freeport.  The River’s Edge Canoe & Kayak will be offering only this trip on that day because we will be paddling with you!  The Freeport, Leechburg, Apollo Group (F.L.A.G.) , The Strongland Chamber of Commerce along with The River’s Edge is sponsoring the event.  We will start in Apollo and stop for a wonderful lunch buffet at the Addison House in Leechburg.  From there we will continue on to Freeport’s Riverside Park for the conclusion of the September by the River Festival!  This is shaping up to be the event of the Fall!  What a great way to spend the day paddling down the beautiful Kiskiminetas River!  For details call: (724) 845-5426 or (724) 224-3400.  Hope to see you on the water!

Family Fun!

Last night I got to go out on the river from Avonmore to Roaring Run.  While the trip only lasted 3 hours it was most fun I’ve had in a long time.  Evelyn, myself, my nephew, his girlfriend, and my Dad (who is in his seventies) made the trip.  Along the way we found my favorite rope swing and stopped to try it out and swim.  The water was perfect!  We ate, drank and polished off a bunch of snacks.  After we pulled out, we spotted our second Great Blue Heron of the day.  We were able to quietly paddle to within 20 yards before it took flight.  The highlight of the trip was yet to come.  As we passed the point where Roaring Run enters the Kiski we spotted a Bald Eagle!  It was resting in a dead snag and took off directly over top of us.  What a way to end the trip!  Life is better on the river.

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to all of you from The River’s Edge. Our season has just begun and the bait orders are being filled! It always fun this time of year because the anticipation builds as opening day gets closer. Trout season in Pennsylvania is huge! Some people even go as far as camping out at their favorite honey hole! Hopefully the weather will cooperate and lots of fish will bite. I am looking forward to 4-21-09 when the annual stocking of the Kiski begins! Once again we will be starting at RRWA and ending up in Leechburg. Most of the fish will be over 20″ and will include Palominos, Brook, Brown, and Rainbow Trout. The Parks Township Sportmen’s Association, The Kiski Watershed Association, and my friend Bill Berry will sponsor their 8TH year of stocking the river! Hope to see you on the water!

Rollin on the River

As the weather warms up so does the fishing! The boys have been spotted on the Kiski in force. I was hangin with Bill over the weekend and he was catching some nice smallmouth bass. We are in the process of lobbying the PA Fish Commission to stock trout in the Kiski. As it stands we will continue to do it privately through the Kiski Watershed Association and the Parks Township Sportsmens Club. Our stocking will take place on April 21st at 5:30pm starting in Apollo at the Roaring Run Trail parking lot. Hope to see you there!

Exciting Times!

These truly are exciting times here at The River’s Edge!  In the past week I was elected President of the Roaring Run Watershed Association.  We are an environmental group who have been improving, protecting, and preserving the Roaring Run watershed for the last 25 years.  It is quite an honor for me to hold this position.  We have great plans for our rails to trails system and the future of this organization is very bright.   Please consider joining our group  or at the very least making a small donation(http://www.roaringrun.org).   We are a 501c3  registered  charity  and are  doing  great things for the  environment.  Also in the last week the Bald Eagle flew past the shop here in Leechburg several times!  Many of my customers over the last week have spotted it up and down the river, along with Osprey and Great Blue Heron.  Three of my friends swear they saw a 6-7 foot long Paddlefish in the Kiski near Vandergrift.  These fish were stocked by the PA Fish Commission since 1991.  The leaves are now at the peak for Fall foliage, the fishing is fantastic and the river is gorgeous.  Come see what your missing!