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Making the most of circumstance on the Juniata River Sojourn.

Every year, during the second weekend in June, a group of about 50 canoes and kayaks filled with enthusiastic paddlers make their way downstream, enjoying the river, camping, socializing, and participating in an event that has become a fixture in the area. This is the Juniata River Sojourn, one of many River Sojourns throughout PA that promote watershed conservation and stewardship while providing a fun and inspiring experience.


The first Juniata River Sojourn took place in 2001, and until this year, has been organized by the Juniata Clean Water Partnership. Unfortunately, funding cuts left the non-profit organization unable to take on the financial responsibility and time of organizing the Sojourn this year, but Rothrock Outfitters of Huntingdon stepped in to take over organizational responsibility in addition to their usual guide services they’ve been providing for the event for years.

The annual Sojourn rotates between three different sections of the watershed—the Little Juniata and Frankstown Branch, the Mainstem, and the Raystown Branch, this year’s locale. The plan was to paddle from Everett to Heritage Cove Resort over the course of three days, stopping to camp at specified locations along the way. However, Mother Nature had other plans, as inches of rain dumped on Central Pennsylvania in the days preceding the scheduled event, rendering the Raystown Branch of the Juniata at a level too high to safely lead a group of paddlers of varying experience.

But rather than cancel the event that is important to so many, a new plan was made—paddle the length of Raystown Lake instead, beginning at Heritage Cove and ending up at Snyders Run.

The clouds and rain cleared just in time for the multi-colored flotilla of canoes and kayaks to launch on Saturday morning, and paddlers of all ages, from 7 to 70, began to make their way down the lake, keeping a steady but casual pace while enjoying the scenery, beautiful weather, and the occasional great-blue heron flying by. Farther down the lake, as the channel widened, the great-blues disappeared but we did have an eagle sighting.


The Sojourn is about more than just paddling. It’s about camaraderie and taking a break from everyday life for a few days, spending evenings by the campfire enjoying each others stories and a variety of entertainment, from live music to educational programs. As long-time Sojourner Mark Fasick says, “Paddling is secondary. It’s all about the people we are with, old and new friends, and great memory-making!”


The three-day event ended in the early afternoon on Monday after a short and much-quieter paddle from Susquehannock Campground to Snyders Run, where goodbyes and til-next-years were exchanged.


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Made to Order Moments- Dining in the RLR

by Luana Lindberg

Good moments, bad moments, embarrassing moments, hilarious moments….moments, moments, moments…We all have our moments!  Now we want to give you a different moment…A made-to-order Raystown Moment!

From the moment you arrive, we are ready to serve you.  Want a quick lunch before you head to the lake?  Burger King and Wendy’s are quick and tasty and you can always grab a sub at Subway.

Maybe your Raystown moment will come after the campers are set up and camping gear is put away.  You could steal a moment to relax at Memories at the Lake.  Enjoy their award winning wings or one of their famous burgers while watching the boats sail into dock at the 7-Points Marina.

If you want to make your own Raystown Moments on the lake last as long as possible, then the Light House Concession might be the choice for you.  Just call you order in from your boat, pick-it up, and enjoy while you soak up the last of the sun’s rays as they set over beautiful Lake Raystown.

Looking for a little nightlife?  Does an ice cold beer sound good after a day in the sun?  You won’t find better choices anywhere than Boxer’s Café in Historic downtown Huntingdon.

Got the whole family? Great!  We have some fabulous family restaurants to make your moment special!  Try Top’s or Miller’s Diner.  Whether its pancakes for breakfast, a burger for lunch, or pork chops for dinner, these two are hard to beat.  Miller’s offers free pie if a train stops at the diner and the engineer comes in to get something to eat.  THAT is train stoppin’ good!  Maybe steaks and salad are more to your liking, try Hoss’s Steak and Sea House.

Need a sports fix?  No problem.  Try Main Street Café or Memories, both local sports bars with great food and drink.

Looking for a quiet candle filled moment? Then Mimi’s is the place.  A more upscale restaurant with great food prepared by local chefs and a wonderful martini bar.

Did you say I need a cup of coffee?  Well then check out the Standing Stone Coffee Co. in uptown Huntingdon.  They offer great coffee and pastry in a cool coffee bar setting.

Yes, everyone has their moments.  Let us make you another one…a Raystown moment…made-to-order.

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