Allegheny River – 2017 River of the Year Update

Details about the River of the Celebrations Announced

Penn Soil RC&D is beginning to add information to their web page about the upcoming River of the Year activities.  Go to to learn more.

Sponsorship Materials information and application can be found there.  Don’t miss out on Supporting this Western PA and New York State celebration

Mini-Grant Program – Penn Soil is offering a min-grant program with grants up to $500 to others fund their own River of the Year Events.  See the web page for full details and application.

A Calendar of Event is being developed.  If you have event to add contact Penn Soil thru the website or call Wes Ramsey at 814-726-1441


Poker Run Early Registration Deadline Extended

Bring your registrations into the office or call us to let us know you have mailed it.

The early registration for our Second Annual Conewango Creek Kayak and Canoe Poker Run has been extended to Friday, May 20 at 5 pm.  Since our move, our mail has been significantly delayed.  Right now it’s taking our mail 2 weeks to arrive even when it’s mailed in Warren.  So we have extended the deadline to help.  We are also asking that people to either drop the registrations off in person or call and let us know that you are mailing it.  Be sure to give us t-shirt size(s) so we can get them ordered.   Only early registrations received by 5pm on May 20th are guaranteed a t-shirt.  After May 20 the registration fee goes up to $30 for non-members and $25 for members and a shirt cannot be guaranteed.  A few extras shirts will be ordered and will be given out on a first-come first-served basis.  After May 27th bring the registrations to the event on June 11 instead of mailing them.  If you have any questions, email us at or call us at 814-726-1441.  Thanks for your cooperation and patience!!

Conewango Creek Sojourn

Title: Conewango Creek Sojourn
Location: Frewsburg, NY to Russell, PA
Description: All day educational organized float trip down the Conewango Creek. Come join us and find out why the Conewango Creek is 2015 PA River of the Year. We will have several presentation/ activities as we paddle our way down the Creek. Topics will include, geology, forestry, aquatics, wildlife and history. We’ll end with a picnic supper. Fee is $40 person and includes, canoe/vest/paddle, shuttling, lunch, dinner, activities, and t-shirt.
Start Time: 07:30
Date: 2015-07-11
End Time: 17:00

First Conewango Creek Canoe/Kayak Poker Run

Poker Run Scheduled for June 6th, 2015


As a kick off to the 2015 River of the Year Celebration, CCWA has scheduled it’s first Canoe and Kayak Poker Run for Saturday, June 6th, 2015 with the rain date of June 13.  This is a family-friendly fundraising activity for us and funds will be used for

Paddlers Enjoying the Creek
Paddlers Enjoying the Creek

CCWA projects and expenses.  The Run will begin at the Frewsburg, NY Launch along Rt 62 west of Frewsburg.  It will end at Larimer Park in Russell, PA.  That’s a distance of approximately 11.5 miles.  Early Registration is $20 per person if they register before April 25th.  After April 25th the registration is $25.  Registered participants will get one score card for a 5 card Draw Poker hand, a t-shirt (for those registered before April 25th), a chance to win door prizes, and a picnic supper with activities or entertainment afterward.  Children are welcome to paddle along for free, but anyone under 18 years of age cannot participate in the poker hands.  A small fee can be paid for the BBQ supper for non-registrants.

“We have had folks out on the creek helping us clean the creek for the last 6 years.  We decided it was time to get people out on the creek for some fun and celebration!!  What better time to have fun on the creek than during the 2015 River of the Year Celebrations!” Says Liz Dropp, CCWA Board Member.

This Poker Run is similar to other poker runs.  The participants will paddle down Conewango Creek and stop at four stops to pick a card at each that will be recorded on their “score card.”  The fifth card will be drawn at the end at Larimer park.  There will also be an opportunity to draw an extra card in exchange for collecting litter along the creek and also to buy one additional card for a $5 donation.  The winner will be the person with the best poker hand at the end. The Grand prize will be awarded to that person. Be sure to read and understand all the rules and regulations related to the game.  Click HERE for the Rules and Regulations.

Some extra T-shirts will be ordered , but a shirt cannot be guaranteed to late registrants.  The extra shirts will be given to late registrants on a first-come, first-served basis.  So to make sure you get your shirt, register by April 25th.

Participants will have the opportunity to further support CCWA by purchasing 50-50 tickets.  The winner will receive 50% of the cash taken in on the 50-50 drawing.  There will also be door prizes that all participants will be eligible to win.  Participants must 18 years or older to participate in the Poker Run or the other drawings.

To print out the Registration Form Click HERE.  You can  then print the form, fill it out and hand-deliver or mail to our office at the address on the form.  At the current time, we are only taking checks or cash for registration.

For more information you can email us through the site or call our office at 814-726-1441.

Conewango Creek Poker Run Event

Title: Conewango Creek Poker Run Event
Location: Frewsburg, NY to Russell, PA
Description: Starts at 9am in Frewsburg and ends at Russell by 4 pm. Following the event will be a BBQ lunch, activities and entertainment. Early Registration is $20 if registered before April 25th. After April 25th, registration is $25. Participants will receive a T-shirt (with early registration), one hand of 5 Card Draw Poker, a BBQ supper and have lots of fun. Some extra T-shirts will be ordered but will be given out on a first come-first served basis for late registrations.
Start Time: 09:00
Date: 2015-06-06
End Time: 16:00

CCWA Joins American Canoe Association

The Conewango Creek Watershed Association has joined ACA as one of their Paddle America Club members.

Through this membership we have been able to get reasonable liability insurance to cover our in- or on-water activities, something that has become more challenging in recent years.  “Each year it has been harder to find insurance to cover our stream cleanups and paddles,” says Elizabeth Dropp, member of the CCWA Board.  “The ACA, in it’s a mission to get people out on the water safely, understands this need and has developed an insurance program to fills that need.  We would hate to give up those activities because we couldn’t get insurance,” according to Dropp.  In addition, the ACA provides some very good safety and other paddling information as well as training opportunities.  Click on the banner below to go to their website for more information.


American Canoe Association Header
American Canoe Association

Also Thank These Sponsors

Additional Businesses that made our 2010 Cleanup Possible:

Big Foot Traders, a group of local small businesses, donated $50.00 for expenses.

Wenzel’s Hatch Patch provided sweet corn and other vegetables

The Pine Grove Lion’s Club donated the use of Larimar Park pavilions and also cooked and served lunch to our volunteers.

Ruff Acres donated the use of their van for transferring paddlers.

Cornplanter Council of Boy Scount of America donated the use of 20 canoes with paddles and vests.

B&L Wholesale donated garbage bags and hats.

Warren County Adult Probation supplied 12 volunteers who collected trash.

Allegheny River Cleanup (ARC) Committee supplied various items such as gloves and water bottles.  Donations to the ARC are made by Northwest Bank, PNC Bank, Whirley’s Drinkworks and many others.  For a complete list please see the the website for the Allegheny River Cleanup HERE.

American Rivers supplied us with garbage bags and an online listing for our cleanup.

Boulder Canyon Natural Foods supplied snacks and t-shirts.

Thank you supporting the Conewango Creek Cleanup!  We would not have a successful cleanup if not for the very generous and supportive businesses that help us!!  When you visit these businesses, tell them “Thanks!”

Free Canoe Trip

Hello Members,

 We are having a visiting dignitary of sorts coming to Warren Friday, June 11.  He is John Dawes, Administrator, of the nonprofit Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds (FPW).  FPW chose us to received the Capacity Building Grant we have been talking about.  He has worked with hundreds of watershed groups in the past and is extremely knowledgeable on matters related to watershed groups and water issues.  He is anxious to meet with us and offer us some help.

 John is very interested and checking out the Conewango Creek for himself.  He likes to canoe/kayak.  So on Friday afternoon there will be a canoe/kayak trip from the Conewango Kayak and Canoe (CKC) livery on Rte 62.  When I get the time, I will let everyone know.   We will accompany John on his introductory trip.  And as Members, you are invited to attend free of charge. CKC will provide kayaks/canoes to members who need one.  You are also welcome to bring your own canoe/kayak and come along as well.  We need preregistration  by Weds. At 8 pm so we know how many boats we need.  So Please call me at 814-489-3322 or Tom Osborne at 814-688-7647 to register.

 We are meeting with John and Peggy Outon from the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Mgt. Saturday morning from 9 am to 12 pm.  You are also welcome to attend this meeting as well.  This is our chance to “pick the brain” of a very knowledgeable watershed person  and to find out what the FPW and other groups are doing.  The location is yet to be determined and I will send out another email with the location when we determine it.

 I’ll keep you posted.  We look forward to seeing you at one or both of these events.

Elizabeth Dropp

Take a Virtual Trip on the Conewango Creek Today

Are you just waiting for the weather to get nice enough to kayak or canoe the Conewango Creek?  Maybe a virtual float tour of the Creek will help.  CCWA member Kirk Johnson published a float trip on the YouTube Site and invited us to link to it.  The trip is a little more than 9 minutes long.

Kirk Johnson:  “One week after the completion of the Warren low head dam removal project I decided it would be fun to kayak down Conewango Creek from Larimer Park in Russel, PA, through Warren past the old dam site. I completed the trip by floating out to the Allegheny River and down to Betts Park.

The trip took about four hours. There had been a fair amount of rain in the previous week, so the water level was higher than average. The weather was good, not too warm but not too cold either. The leaves were just starting to turn color so that was a nice touch.”

To take the tour, Click Here.