Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the Brandywine River like?
The Brandywine River is a class 1 waterway. What that means is that the water is very calm, slow, and meandering. There are light rapids throughout the trip but, overall, the Brandywine is a nice easy paced river perfect for novices or a relaxing ride for the more experienced person. The average depth of the Brandywine is about 3 feet. But ranges from a few inches to 6 feet depending where you are. In most cases if you flip you can stand up afterwards.
The level of the water is dependent on the amount of precipitation the area has had.
- Can I bring my own canoe or kayak?
Yes you can. For $40 we will transport your privately owned craft to or from any of our destinations. Reservations are preferred to help us prepare the days schedule and if you lack essential equipment (IE: Lifejackets) you can use one of ours with a 20-dollar deposit.
- Are there Guides for the trips?
No, we do not send guides out with you during your trip. Our trained staff will explain the course of the waterway for you and point out key features along the course of your trip. We’ll even give you a basic canoeing course before sending you on your way. Once you set out, you are on your own to enjoy the beauty of the river valley at your own pace.
- Is the water wet?
You would be surprised how many times we are asked that question.
The answer is: Yes, the water is wet.
It is also a natural waterway, which means when the water contacts dirt you get mud. Nice gushy mud that likes to slink between your toes. There are also rocks and trees along the way. And because it is a natural waterway you will most likely come into contact with some wildlife. From fish to deer, turtles to birds, the animals are out there. Enjoy the sight of them as you float along. Just remember respect the wildlife and the wildlife will respect you.
- Do we really paddle against the current?
That only depends on you. All of our trips flow with the current of the Brandywine.
The upstream trip designation simply means that your trip will begin above our location and flow with the current back to our dock. The upstream trips all begin with a bus or van ride to the start point and finish at the dock by the office where you signed in.
The downstream trip designation means that your trip will launch from our office and flow with the current to our pick up point at the Brandywine River Museum. A driver will meet you at the designated end point at a time chosen when you launch. You will then take a ride in one of our buses or vans back to the office where you signed in.
- Can we bring food and drinks out on the trips?
Yes, you are more than welcome to bring food, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages with you on your trip. Small coolers (6 quarts) are the recommended size. Larger coolers (greater than 6 quart) are prohibited.
All litter must be kept with you throughout the trip and can be disposed at our company.
Alcohol is not permitted on trips and will not be tolerated on the company property. Pennsylvania law prohibits watercraft operation while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance. Alcohol and controlled substances are strictly prohibited in our parking lot, picnic areas and watercrafts.
- Can our dog come with us?
Yes, pets are welcome to join you on canoe trips only. You must be able to keep positive control of your pet as your trip meanders through private property and wildlife preserves. Also keep in mind that your trip is transported in vehicles meant to carry several groups at once. Your pet needs to be able to get along with other people and animals.
- Do you sell canoes?
Yes, we currently have a portion of our fleet for sale. The price varies, depending on the condition of the canoe you wish to purchase.