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Kayaking and Canoeing at Cook Forest State Park

The Class 1 Clarion River provides excellent canoeing and kayaking, especially during the spring and fall. The average downward flow is four miles per hour.

Two popular paddling trips are four and 10 miles in length.

There are public boat launches at both Cook Forest and Clear Creek state parks.

Visit the U.S. Geological Survey website for the water level of the Clarion River at Cooksburg.

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission regulations and laws apply.

Boat Registration

Non-powered boats launched in a state park must display one of the following:

  • Boat registration
  • Launch permit or mooring permit from Pennsylvania State Parks, available at most state park offices
  • Launch permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

Boat Rentals

The following concessionaries offer canoe, kayak, and tube rentals: