Canoe & Kayak Rentals

Every summer, hundreds of people travel to the northwestern corner of the Pennsylvania Wilds to canoe and kayak the Allegheny River. It’s easy to understand why. The Allegheny is part of the nation’s Wild and Scenic Rivers System. It boasts several campgrounds, trails, historical sites and other points of interest, National Geographic Adventure such as the Allegheny National Forest.  Paddlers share the calm and scenic waterway with eagles, Great Blue Heron, snapping turtles, white tailed-deer and many other species. In 2003, National Geographic Adventure named the Allegheny River one of the nation's "40 Great Fall Weekend Getaways". Whether you’re looking for a relaxing day trip with your buddies or an overnighter to teach the kids camping skills, we’re here to help. Just be careful – you might get hooked. Some of our groups have been coming back for more than 20 years.

AO Livery is located on the east end of Warren, just before the Glade Bridge. We are open 7 days a week, weather pending, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend (peak season). On weekdays, first shuttle departs at 10 am, last one leaves at 2 pm. On weekends, first shuttle departs at 9 am, last one leaves at 5 pm. Our season stretches from April through October, and is reservation only before and after peak season. Spanning 107-miles of the Allegheny River, you can find a complete rundown of day and overnight  trips we offer below. You may also want to red through our Frequently Asked Questions.



Day Trips

Allegheny Outfitters offers three basic self-guided day trips of varying lengths and prices. Walk-ins are welcome but reservations are strongly recommended, especially on weekends and holidays. Large groups of 6 or more canoes typically plan their trips at least a month ahead of time. Trip prices listed below include boat rental, paddles, lifejackets, and transportation to and from the start and end points. Tax is not included. Groups of six or more canoes on a weekday get a 10 percent discount.


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Trip #1: Kinzua Dam to AO

7 miles. Takes 2 to 3 hours, longer if you like. $45 (+tax) per canoe or double kayak; $40 (+tax) per single kayak; $20 if you bring your own boat and would like it shuttled.

Hands down our most popular trip. The biggest draw, aside from the stunning scenery, is that this trip gives you options. It is short enough to get done quickly should you be pressed for time, racing against bad weather, or with someone who suddenly decides they don’t much like being in a boat. But because there’s no pickup involved – you finish at the livery, where your vehicle is parked – you’re also welcome to take your time. Many groups turn this into a five-hour trip, stopping at favorite swimming holes or one of the uninhabited islands along the way to picnic and explore. This calm stretch of the Allegheny is punctuated with summer camps, trees, rocks and islands. It’s great for kids, novices or anyone looking to relax.


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Trip #2: Allegheny Outfitters to Buckaloons

8 miles. Takes 3 to 3.5 hours. Two canoe minimum. $50 per canoe or double kayak (+tax); $45 per single kayak (+tax).

This trip lets paddlers enjoy the scenic beauty of the upper Allegheny plus get a glance at its more industrial side – including passing through historic downtown Warren. Paddlers begin at AO livery, and must navigate a short but rowdy set of rapids behind United Refinery. From there it’s smooth sailing as you pass under a few old railroad bridges and into Warren where the skyline is punctuated by a flatiron building with a steeple clock on it. Ducks and geese mingle in parks along the riverbank. The historic Hickory Street Bridge arches over the Allegheny like a scene out of a Hallmark card. After leaving Warren, paddlers enter into a scenic area called Starbrick where a few houses and camps dot the riverbank. White-tailed deer hide in the brush while Great Blue Herons wade near the shore looking for fish, frogs and other small prey. This trip ends at Buckaloons Recreation Area, part of the Allegheny National Forest. The campground sits on a former Seneca Indian village and includes a one-mile “Seneca Interpretive Trail” where visitors can learn about several tree types (white pine, sycamore, shagbark hickory, white oak) and the ways in which animals and humans have used the trees over the centuries. Paddlers must begin this trip no later than 11 a.m. The latest pickup is at 4:30 p.m.


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Trip #3: Kinzua Dam to Buckaloons

15 miles. Takes 5 to 6 hours. Two canoe minimum. $60 per canoe or double kayak (+tax); $55 per single kayak (+tax).

This is our longest day trip – and it isn’t for the weak of heart or arms. The trip covers everything described in Trips 1 and 2. Paddlers must begin this trip no later than 10 a.m. The latest pickup is at 4:30 p.m.



Overnight Trips

Allegheny Outfitters offers seven overnight trips of varying lengths and prices. Reservations are strongly recommended, especially on weekends and holidays. Large groups of 6 or more canoes typically plan their trips at least a month ahead of time. Trip prices listed below include boat rental, paddles, lifejackets, and transportation to and from the start and end points. Tax is not included. Groups of six or more canoes on a weekday get a 10 percent discount. Discounts are available for Scout Troops and Organizations.

Although the majority of our trips are self-guided, the livery’s staff is happy to explain your route ahead of time. You can also purchase a copy of the Allegheny River Paddling Guide, a water resistant river map book that uses text, photos and illustrations to explain the many sites paddlers come across on the first 45 miles of the Allegheny.

What does it sound like to wake up on a wilderness island along the Allegheny? Beautiful!


Trip 4: Allegheny Outfitters to Wildwood

16 miles. (New for 2016 - No longer a two canoe minimum!)

Two-day (one night) trip, $70.00 (+tax) per canoe; $65 (+tax) per kayak. 
$90 (+tax) if only taking one canoe.

Three-day (two-night) trip, $90.00 (+tax) per canoe; $85 (+tax) per kayak. 
$100 (+tax) if only taking one canoe.

Our shortest overnight trip, you'll paddle 16 miles over two days. Paddlers begin at AO livery, and must navigate a short but rowdy set of rapids behind United Refinery. From there it’s smooth sailing as you paddle down the National Wild & Scenic Allegheny River. Ducks and geese mingle in parks along the riverbank. White-tailed deer hide in the brush while Great Blue Herons wade near the shore looking for fish, frogs and other small prey. Most paddlers are on the water for roughly 3 hours the first day. The following day, they paddle another 3 hours to Wildwood for pick-up.


Trip 5: Kinzua Dam to Wildwood

24 miles.  (New for 2016 - No longer a two canoe minimum!) 

Two-day (one night) trip, $90 (+tax) per canoe; $85 (+tax) per kayak. 
$105 (+tax) if only taking one canoe.

Three-day (two night) trip, $100 (+tax) per canoe; $95 (+tax) per kayak. 
$115 (+tax) if only taking one canoe.

This is our most popular overnight trip. It gives you the best of both worlds: it winds past scenic, remote areas and also takes you through historic downtown Warren - a great place to explore, grab lunch, stop in at AO Store, or just admire as you float by. This stretch is also home to two federally designated Wilderness Islands, Crulls (96 acres) and Thompson (67 acres). The starting point for this trip is 24 miles upriver, at Kinzua Dam - a wonder itself. The trip can be done in two or three days, depending on how far you want to paddle each day. 


 

Trip 6: Allegheny Outfitters to Tionesta

38 miles. Three canoe minimum.
Three-day (two night), $110 (+tax) per canoe; $100 (+tax) per kayak.
Four-day (three night), $120 (+tax) per canoe; $110 (+tax) per kayak.

This journey takes you 38 miles, from AO to Tionesta. Paddlers will pass through historic downtown Warren, encounter all seven of the federally protected Wilderness Islands, large swaths of the Allegheny National Forest and float past the town of Tidioute, pop. 800. The trip ends at Tionesta, where visitors will find a 75-foot tall lighthouse not far from the boat launch. For more details on where to stop for supplies, hiking, camping and more, see the Allegheny River Paddling Guide. 


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Trip 7: Kinzua Dam to Tionesta

45 miles. Three canoe minimum.
Three-day (two night), $120 (+tax) per canoe; $110 (+tax) per kayak.
Four-day (three night), $130 (+tax) per canoe; $120 (+tax) per kayak.

This journey takes you 45 miles, from Kinzua Dam to Tionesta. Paddlers will begin at Kinzua Dam and pass through historic downtown Warren, encounter all seven of the federally protected Wilderness Islands, large swaths of the Allegheny National Forest and float past the town of Tidioute, pop. 800. The trip ends at Tionesta, where visitors will find a 75-foot tall lighthouse not far from the boat launch. For more details on where to stop for supplies, hiking, camping and more, see the Allegheny River Paddling Guide.


Trip 8: Kinzua Dam to President

52 miles. Three canoe minimum.
Three-day (two night), $150 (+tax) per canoe; $140 (+tax) per kayak.
Four-day (three night), $165 (+tax) per canoe; $150 (+tax) per kayak.

This is a popular trip for Scouts and Venture Crews looking to get their 50-mile badge. For more details on where to stop for supplies, hiking, camping and more, see the Allegheny River Paddling Guide, or schedule an appointment with one of our trip planners. 

**Summer 2017 - Hunter Station bridge replacement south of Tionesta will only allow us to offer this trip until July 3rd.**


 

Trip 9: Kinzua Dam to Oil City

66 miles. Three canoe minimum.
Four-day (three night), $210 (+tax) per canoe; $195 (+tax) per kayak.
Five-day (four night), $225 (+tax) per canoe; $210 (+tax) per kayak.

This trip takes you through the Upper and Lower Middle Allegheny River Water Trail. Please contact us for trip planning details. For more details on where to stop for supplies, hiking, camping and more, see the Allegheny River Paddling Guide. 


 

Trip 10: Allegheny Outfitters to Emlenton

100 miles. Three canoe minimum.
Five-day (four night), $300 (+tax) per canoe; $285 (+tax) per kayak.
Six-day (five night), $310 (+tax) per canoe; $295 (+tax) per kayak.

This is a popular trip for Scouts and Venture Crews looking to get their 100-mile badge. This trip takes you through the Upper and Lower Middle Allegheny River Water Trail. Please contact us for trip planning details. For more details on where to stop for supplies, hiking, camping and more, see the Allegheny River Paddling Guide.