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What’s your vote for ’23 Pa. River of the Year?

Pennsylvania's portion of the Susquehanna River North Branch, shown here, flows 181 miles from the New York border, upriver of Great Bend, to the confluence with the West Branch at Sunbury. (Photo by Marcus Schneck)

Harrisburg — You can help select the 2023 Pennsylvania River of the Year through an online poll offered by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers.

The Conestoga River, Perkiomen Creek, Schuylkill River and the North Branch of the Susquehanna River are the nominations for the 2023.

Nominations were based on each waterway’s conservation needs and successes, as well as celebration plans if the nominee is voted 2023 River of the Year.

Voting is open through 5 p.m. Jan. 18 at Woobox, an online contest application that restricts votes to one per email address. The river contest can be accessed through the POWR website –

After a waterway is chosen for the annual honor, local groups implement a year-round slate of activities and events to celebrate the river, including a paddling trip, known as a sojourn.

The organization nominating the winning river will receive a $10,000 leadership grant from DCNR to help fund River of the Year activities.

“Honoring the River of the Year has become one of my favorite annual traditions
and I am hopeful that we receive a record number of votes for the 2023
competition,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn.

“Pennsylvania has thousands of miles of beautiful waterways, which provide wonderful recreational opportunities, support our local economies and help connect the public
to the history and culture of communities across the commonwealth.”

The headwaters of the Conestoga River rise in Berks and Chester counties.
The river then flows about 62 miles through Lancaster County before
emptying into the Susquehanna River at Safe Harbor.

Perkiomen Creek is a 37.7-mile-long tributary of the Schuylkill River in Berks, Lehigh and Montgomery counties.

The Schuylkill River rises in Schuylkill County and flows about 140 miles
through Berks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties before emptying into
the Delaware River.

Pennsylvania’s portion of the Susquehanna River North Branch flows 181 miles from the
New York border, upriver of Great Bend, to the confluence with the West
Branch at Sunbury.

Presented annually since 1983, last year’s 2022 River of the Year designation was awarded to French Creek.

POWR, an affiliate of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, administers the River of the Year program with funding from DCNR.

“We are excited to once again kick off the public online voting process for
Pennsylvania River of the Year,” said POWR’s Janet Sweeney.

“As we all continue to spend more time outdoors and deepen our appreciation
for the beautiful natural resources of Pennsylvania, the annual River
of the Year voting process is a fun way to rally behind and support your
favorite waterway.”

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