(River mile 70 to 54)
This map has been simplified from the printed version. The highlighted section at the right illustrates the amazing detail provided in the printed map and guide. Purchase the map and guide to view the entire Lower Section of the Susquehanna River Water Trail in complete detail.
While this section of river is the most urbanized of the three, the west bank of the river is much less developed than the eastern shoreline. The corridor is lined with exciting opportunities to explore: historic towns, industrial yards, a defense distribution center, an airport, a nuclear power plant, and a hydroelectric dam. Yet sections of this stretch are also beautifully passive – providing a serene river experience. The Lower Susquehanna is renowned for its fantastic smallmouth bass fishing. Anglers can also fish for muskies, walleye, panfish, catfish, and carp.
This stretch consists of the pond formed behind the York Haven Dam at the southern end, known as Lake Frederic, and an unconfined section of river to the north. This section of the water trail begins at the New Market boat launch on the west bank of the river, south of the City of Harrisburg.