RiverFest 2017

The 20th was a beautiful day along the Lackawanna River.  RiverFest was a great success!!


The Lackawanna River Conservation Association (LRCA) will POSTPONE RiverFest 2017 until Saturday May 20th due to projected high flow levels in the Lackawanna River this weekend.

The persistent and possibly heavy rains forecast for Friday evening and all day this Saturday will push flow levels in the Lackawanna River to near four feet on river gages. This depth of flow will have a force over 1000 cubic feet per second and this presents a risk to event participants and first responders.

On Saturday May 20, 2017, paddlers will take to the water and revelers will fill the banks of the Lackawanna River for the 30th time.  A day of exercise and fun, RiverFest draws the community outdoors after the long uncommon winter to celebrate the valley and the river that runs through it.

2017 continues us to “Move Forward!”  The LRCA, celebrating thirty (30) years of service involving citizens of our watershed with conservation and stewardship of the River, its tributaries and water resources, is now known as the Lackawanna River Conservation Association and the RiverFest festivities will now be at the reclaimed lands at Sweeney’s Beach Recreation Area.


RiverFest 2017 participation opportunities:

Sponsorship: Sponsorship is welcome from individuals to large corporations throughout the Lackawanna River Watershed and surrounding area, i.e. Friends of the Lackawanna to Lackawanna River Gold Sponsor;

Canoe-A-Thon:
  Registration is extended to Wednesday May 17, 2017 at noon.  A timed run on the Lackawanna River from two Mid Valley launch sites (Archbald and Blakely) to the new finish line at Sweeney’s Beach Recreation Area in Scranton;

Regatta:  A “30th Anniversary Challenge” is afoot!!!  A free fun competition open to everyone with great imaginations.  Create a vessel that will navigate the Lackawanna River from Poplar Street to the finish at Sweeney’s Beach.  The “River Doge” invites one and all!!

Duck-A-Thon:  The courageous LRCA flock of ten "duckies" will launch upstream of Sweeney’s Beach into the waters of the Lackawanna for an exciting race to the finish.  Take a chance to be the Grand Prize winner!  2016 winners!!!!!

Volunteer:  This event requires many eager people to volunteer in many of the activities throughout the day from 8 AM to 6 PM.  Review our RiverFest volunteer short list and Volunteer!!!!

RiverFest 2017 is a full day of river activities, music, food, educational & environmental displays, vendors and fun for all ages and abilities.  Join us in this annual celebration of the Lackawanna River and its Watershed!!!!!