Allegheny River Canoe Camping Gear Checklist

Allegheny River Camping

Every summer we help hundreds of Scouts, camps, friends and families plan and conquer multi-day trips along a 107-mile stretch of the Allegheny River. We often get asked our recommendations for a gear checklist specific to the Allegheny. You'll find that list below.

Each category is highlighted with a link to our online store. If you're purchasing gear to take on an upcoming trip, please choose "in-store pickup" as your shipping option at checkout and we'll gather your purchase and have it ready for you the day of your trip.

Please remember - although close to our small towns, sections of the Allegheny River are vast and wild. Should you find yourself in an emergency situation on river, call 911. Cell phone reception other than Verizon is limited at best, often times nonexistent. Plan ahead. Let someone know where you're going and when you plan to return. Know the ability and skill level of those you're going with and don't overdo it. And please, please respect the islands and their campsites. We love our river. Pack it in, pack it out. 

Need a map? Find 'em in our online shop. We also offer high quality camping gear rentals, vehicle shuttles and sell camping gear both online and at our brick and mortar store in downtown Warren. Not sure which section of river to tackle? Contact us for help!

Camp Kitchen:

  • Camp Stove
  • Fuel
  • French Press + Coffee
  • Cooking Pots + Pans
  • Snacks + Meals
  • Utensils
  • Dishes, Bowls, Cups
  • Water Filter
  • Cooler
  • Rope (for hanging bear bag)
  • Extra Garbage Bag

Personal Items:

  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Chapstick
  • Toilet Paper
  • Insect Repellent
  • Bandana or Buff
  • PackTowl
  • More sunscreen


  • Journal
  • Camp Chairs
  • Ukulele

Basic Gear:

  • Canoe
  • Personal Flotation Device
  • Paddle
  • Waterproof Map
  • Dry Bags (for organization)
  • Water Bottle
  • Bilge Pump

Camping Gear:

  • Tent, Tarp or Hammock
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Headlamp (check batteries)
  • Pocket Knife
  • Hatchet (firewood)


  • First Aid Kit
  • Tick Key
  • Lighter + Matches
  • Cell Phone (Verizon has best reception on upper Allegheny)


  • Water Shoes
  • Flip Flops (for around camp)
  • Weather Appropriate Clothing
  • Rain Gear (if needed)