Entries Tagged as Northwest Lancaster County River Trail
October 26, 2015 ·
August 13, 2015 ·
Tucked away on a small landmass, owned by LCSWMA, on the Susquehanna River is the primitive Energy Island campsite. Located behind LCSWMA’s Lancaster Waste-to-Energy Facility in Conoy Township, this campsite is part of the Susquehanna Water Trail and is the only campsite of its kind on the trail in Lancaster County.
Accessible only by boat, the Energy Island campsite features a cleared camping area, fire pit and charcoal grill. Campers are encouraged to document their stay in the guest book located near the entrance of the campsite.
LCSWMA built the campsite in 2012 for residents and visitors to enjoy Lancaster County’s beautiful environment, including the scenic Susquehanna River.
To locate the campsite, enter the GPS coordinates 40°04'01.4"N 76°38'34.7"W. River access is available five miles from the Falmouth Boat Launch (111 Collins Rd, Bainbridge, PA 17502) or 2 miles from the Bainbridge Boat Launch (40-58 S Front St, Bainbridge, PA 17502).
Island shoreline. A perfect place to dock your boat, kayak or canoe for an evening of camping.
Entrance to the campsite. A log book is provided for guests to record their journey.
Cleared campsite area, which can fit three to four tents.
Fire pit and log seating. Chopped firewood is also available at the campsite for campers to use.
Charcoal grill located at the edge of the campsite.
View of the Susquehanna River from the campsite.
Shock's Mill Bridge in the distance.
The Susquehanna River.
June 05, 2015 ·
On Saturday, June 6, join LCSWMA for the Susquehanna Riverlands National Trails Day event at Riverfront Park to celebrate the completion of a section of the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail from East Donegal Township to Bainbridge.
In addition, we will also celebrate the completion of the 330’ Shock’s Mill River Walkway. The walkway connects a two mile section of trail between Bainbridge and East Donegal Township, which opened to the public in November of 2014. Previously, these two sections of the trail abruptly ended at an impasse with no way around Shock’s Mill Bridge. Now pedestrians and cyclists can enjoy the trail continuously from Decatur Street in Marietta to Riverfront Park in Bainbridge, a distance of 6.5 miles
Other event activities include the dedication of artful benches and a mosaic tile mural designed by Donegal Intermediate School students and a trail bike ride with local physicals to promote the health benefits of parks and trails.
The rain or shine celebration will begin at 11 a.m.
National Trails Day is an initiative of the American Hiking Society and is dedicated to the celebration of America’s Trail System.
April 03, 2015 ·
York County isn’t the only area in south central Pennsylvania with a pair of nesting eagles – Lancaster County also has two adult eagles living on an island owned by LCSWMA, Energy Island. This small islet on the Susquehanna River is located just behind LCSWMA’s Lancaster Waste-to-Energy Facility. The eagles have nested on Energy Island for the past six years.
Residents can view these majestic birds using a new viewing scope installed by LCSWMA on the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail (NWLCRT) in Conoy Township. To access the viewing scope, trail users can enter at the Race Street Parking Area in Bainbridge or at Riverfront Park in East Donegal Township. The walk from both of those access points to the viewing scope is approximately two miles.
For more information on the location of the viewing scope, click here.
To view a video of the eagles from 2014 when they had eaglets, click here.
The new viewing scope and interpretive panel on the bald eagles located on the NWLCRT behind LCSWMA’s Lancaster Waste-to-Energy Facility.
The interpretive panel on the bald eagles.
January 21, 2015 ·
We are excited to share a new addition coming to the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail (NWLCRT)! Residents and visitors can now enjoy a series of interpretive panels at various points along the trail. The panels highlight the natural, cultural, historic and scenic resources along the Susquehanna River, with topics including:
-Native American Heritage
-The Language of Science (Samuel Haldeman)
-Industrial Heritage (Billmeyer Quarry)
-Transforming Waste to Energy
-Shock’s Mill Bridge
-Revitalizing Local Wetlands
Five of the nine total panels have already been installed. They include panels depicting Native American Heritage, The Language of Science, Industrial Heritage, Transforming Waste to Energy and Bald Eagles. The remaining panels will be placed along the trail this spring and summer.
LCSWMA, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resource (PA DCNR), Susquehanna Riverlands and the Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area (SGHA), worked with local historians to create the panels.
The NWLCRT is a 14.25-mile, multi-purpose, public recreation trail that passes through five municipalities: Columbia, West Hempfield Township, Marietta Borough, East Donegal Township and Conoy Township. Parts of the trail are also owned by LCSWMA.
Native American Heritage: Panel located on the west side of the trail, facing the Susquehanna River, north of the Conoy Creek Bridge.
The Language of Science: Panel located on the west side of the trail facing the Haldeman Mansion, south of the Conoy Creek Bridge.
Industrial Heritage: Panel located on the east side of the trail facing the remains of Billmeyer Quarry.
Transforming Waste to Energy: Panel located on the east side of the trail facing LCSWMA's Waste-to-Energy Facility.
Close-up of the Transforming Waste to Energy panel. Click the photo to enlarge.
Bald Eagles: Panel located on the west side of the trail facing the bald eagle nest and Susquehanna River, in the vicinity of LCSWMA's Waste-to-Energy Facility.