French Creek River of The Year Sojourn

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Registration Closed

We have a great day of French Creek fun planned– paddlers will start at Bicentennial Park in Meadville and enjoy a nine-mile, self-guided, lazy paddle down French Creek to Shaw’s Landing. Average paddle time is about 4 hours. Afterwards we will celebrate all things French Creek at the Voodoo Brewery Compound where you can choose between food trucks for your post-paddle meal (included with registration).

Our partners from Allegheny College’s Creek Connections program will be on hand to assist, and we’ll have other organizations with displays in our Education Station. Be sure you’ve got your wallet (in a dry bag, of course!) We’ll have lots of FCVC and River of the Year merchandise available. And you can purchase Voodoo drinks if you’d like!


8:00 – 10:00–Check in at Bicentennial Park, Meadville, PA

8:20—First Safety briefing (held intermittently after this time)

8:30— Paddlers can start to get on the water at their leisure

10:30—Last paddlers get on the water

12:00—3:30 Shuttling from Shaw’s Landing to Voodoo Complex

12:004:00  Food trucks and educational tables at Voodoo Complex

Parking and Logistics

Before to the event: Participants will drop their boats off at Bicentennial Park and drive over to the Voodoo Brewery Production Facility to park. A shuttle will be available to take participants from the parking location back to Bicentennial Park for the start of the Sojourn.

After the event: A shuttle will be available to take participants and their boats from Shaw’s Landing (end of Sojourn) back to the parking location at Voodoo.

Need a boat?  No problem!  Rentals are available through:

  • Carried Away Outfitters of Greenville — (724) 343-1313 / website

  • OARS Allegheny of Franklin — (814) 388-9122 / website

Event T-Shirt

T-shirts for the event must be pre-ordered before May 20th at $10 each. (Sizes XXL and above add $2.00). The shirts must be ordered during the event registration process. You can pick up your pre-ordered t-shirt at the registration table on 6/11/22! No day of purchases will be available.

Registration closed

Registration is $20 per person.  All participants must be preregistered.  Only 200 paddlers will be permitted.  *All paddlers must wear a life jacket and carry a whistle.  All canoes and Kayaks must have a current PA Fish and Boat launch permit sticker. Solo paddlers must be age 12 and up.  All minors must be accompanied by an adult.