Allegheny River 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 in downtown Warren, in sight of the historic Hickory Street 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 9:30 am, last one leaves at 2:00 pm. On weekends, first shuttle departs at 9 am, last one leaves at 3:00 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 read through our Frequently Asked Questions.

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Allegheny River Canoe & Kayak 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: Allegheny Outfitters to Buckaloons

6.4 miles. Takes 2.5-3.5 hours. $45 per canoe or double kayak (+tax); $40 per single kayak or SUP (+tax).

Paddlers begin near the historic Hickory Street Bridge, arching 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 Heron 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. The latest pickup at Buckaloons is at 7:00 p.m.


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Trip #2: Kinzua Dam to Allegheny Outfitters (Mouth of the Conewango Creek)

9 miles. Takes 3 to 4 hours. $52 (+tax) per canoe or double kayak; $47 (+tax) per single kayak or SUP; $25 if you bring your own boat and would like it shuttled.

Beginning at Kinzua Dam, this trip lets paddlers enjoy the National Wild & Scenic beauty of the upper Allegheny throughout the first 7 miles, plus get a glance at its more industrial side – including ending in historic downtown Warren. At mile 7.5 paddlers must navigate a short but rowdy set of Class I 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. There’s no pickup involved – you finish downtown where your vehicle is parked.


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Trip #3: Allegheny Outfitters to Wildwood

14 miles. Takes 5 to 6 hours. Two canoe or kayak 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 Trip 1, and continues downriver past Buckaloons to Wildwood. Paddlers will pass by two federally-designated Wilderness Islands - Crulls (96 acres) and Thompson (67 acres). Paddlers must begin this trip no later than 10:00 a.m. The latest pickup is at 4:30 p.m.


Allegheny River Canoe & Kayak 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, life jackets, 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.

Please note: All downriver pick-ups for our overnight trips that end on a weekend begin no earlier than 3pm unless previous arrangements have been made.

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


Allegheny River overnight canoe trip rental

Trip 4: Allegheny Outfitters to Wildwood

14 miles. (No longer a two canoe minimum!)

Two-day (one night) trip, $75.00 (+tax) per canoe; $70 (+tax) per kayak. 
$95 (+tax) if only taking one canoe.

Three-day (two-night) trip, $95.00 (+tax) per canoe; $90 (+tax) per kayak. 
$105 (+tax) if only taking one canoe.

Our shortest overnight trip, you'll paddle 14 miles over two days. Paddlers begin at AO downtown, paddling through the small village of Starbrick, 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. This stretch is also home to two federally designated Wilderness Islands, Crulls (96 acres) and Thompson (67 acres). Most paddlers are on the water for roughly 3 hours the first day. The following day, they paddle another couple hours to Wildwood for pick-up.


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Trip 5: Kinzua Dam to Wildwood

24 miles.  (No longer a two-canoe minimum.) 

Two-day (one night) trip, $90 (+tax) per canoe; $85 (+tax) per kayak. 
$125 (+tax) if only taking one canoe.

Three-day (two night) trip, $100 (+tax) per canoe; $95 (+tax) per kayak. 
$135 (+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. 


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Trip 6: Allegheny Outfitters to West Hickory

36 miles. Three canoe minimum.
Three-day (two night), $115 (+tax) per canoe; $105 (+tax) per kayak.
Four-day (three night), $125 (+tax) per canoe; $115 (+tax) per kayak.

This journey takes you 38 miles, from AO to West Hickory. 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), $130 (+tax) per canoe; $120 (+tax) per kayak.
Four-day (three night), $145 (+tax) per canoe; $135 (+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.


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Trip 8: Kinzua Dam to President

52 miles. Three canoe minimum.
Three-day (two night), $165 (+tax) per canoe; $150 (+tax) per kayak.
Four-day (three night), $180 (+tax) per canoe; $165 (+tax) per kayak.

This is a popular trip for Scouts and Venture Crews looking to get their 50-mile badge on the Allegheny River. 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. 


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Trip 9: Kinzua Dam to Oil City

66 miles. Three canoe minimum.
Four-day (three night), $220 (+tax) per canoe; $205 (+tax) per kayak.
Five-day (four night), $245 (+tax) per canoe; $225 (+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


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Trip 10: Kinzua Dam to Emlenton

107 miles. Three canoe minimum.
Five-day (four night), $315 (+tax) per canoe; $295 (+tax) per kayak.
Six-day (five night), $330 (+tax) per canoe; $310 (+tax) per kayak.

This is a popular trip for Scouts and Venture Crews looking to get their 100-mile badge on the Allegheny River. (Discounts available for weekday pick-up.) 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.