Philadephia Canoe Club

Welcome to the Philadelphia Canoe Club!

We are an active paddling community encompassing all canoeing, kayaking, flat water and whitewater paddling (and more) with over 100 years of history and experience.
Please enjoy our pages, photos and videos.  We would love to see you on the river (or lake and ocean)!

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About PCC

Philadelphia Canoe Club (PCC) has been in existence since 1905, and is a dedicated group of canoeists and kayakers. All of the club trips, training, and events are open to the public, and do not require membership. The club promotes paddling, and paddlesports in the Philadelphia area, training new paddlers, and leading trips all over the US, year round. Come out and paddle with us! We'd love to have you along!

The PCC clubhouse is located on the bank of the confluence of the Wissahickon Creek and Schuylkill River, within the Fairmount Park System of Philadelphia. The address is 4900 Ridge Ave Philadelphia Pa 19128. Phone 215-487-9674. Our driveway entrance is at the traffic light on Ridge Ave. by the SEPTA DEPOT/bus stop, just south of the Manayunk Main Street movie theater.

Club Meetings

General Meetings for the Philadelphia Canoe Club are held at the clubhouse, Colony Castle, 4900 Ridge Avenue, every 3rd Monday of the month at 7:30 P/M. Meetings are open to the public - come on out, introduce yourself, meet our members, find out what's going on, learn about training courses, trips, and a lot more. We look forward to meeting you soon. 

Club History

The Philadelphia Canoe Club (PCC) is one of oldest and most distinguished paddling organizations in the United States. Headquartered in an 18th century mill at the confluence of theWissahickon Creek and Schuylkill River in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia, PCC counts among its members more than 200 canoeists and kayakers who take scores of trips every year on local rivers and streams as well as numerous waterways throughout North America.

Chartered in 1905, Philadelphia Canoe Club is the third oldest paddling club in the United States. It began as a mens social club situated on the picturesque banks of the Schuylkill River. Early members engaged in all forms of boating including canoeing and power-boating. Canoe racing was popular in the early days of the club and a number of members raced on an international level, including Russ McNutt, who competed in the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin. Other members competed in the Olympic Games in 1952, 1956 and 1972.

PCC, an affiliate of the American Canoe Association (ACA), is an active teaching club, training new paddlers with a robust schedule of courses in flat-water and whitewater canoeing, whitewater kayaking and sea-kayaking. Additionally, the club offers excellent training courses in river safety and swift-water rescue. Each year more than 300 people are introduced to paddling through PCC training courses. The ACA presented Philadelphia Canoe Club with its prestigious Stroke of Achievement Award for superior performance and program development in 2000 and 2005.

The mill serving as the venerable home of PCC is a fascinating stone structure that was in commercial operation for many decades. Located on Fairmount Park property, the building, formerly known as Colony Castle, houses many fine examples of hand-crafted wooden canoes and kayaks built by members over the years. On display is a restored 34-foot 1911 Old Town War Canoe, which is taken out a few times a year and paddled on the Schuylkill River.

Philadelphia Canoe Club members lead trips on a diverse selection of rivers throughout the region and continent. On any given weekend during the paddling season there may be as many as a half-dozen trips scheduled on both flat-water and whitewater destinations. Local rivers and streams paddled include the Schuylkill, Delaware, Lehigh, Tohickon, Nescopeck, Batsto, Mullica, Wading, Oswego, Maurice, Toms, Great Egg Harbor, Cedar Creek, Brandywine Creek, and Westecunk Creek. Other popular destinations include the Hudson, Potomac, New, Gauley, Ottawa, Black, Salmon, Youghiogheny, Cheat, Tygart, Big Sandy, and Deerfield. Canoe camping trips include excursions on the Upper Delaware, the many rivers of the Adirondacks, the rivers and lakes of Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, the rivers of the New Jersey pine barrens and Florida Keys.


From the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76), take exit #340A (formerly exit #32), which is marked by signs to Lincoln Drive and Kelly Drive (or stay on City Ave as it crosses the Schuylkill River). While crossing the City Ave bridge, stay in the far right lane. Follow the ramp to the bottom and make a left at the light onto Ridge Ave. Stay in the left hand lane and pass under a bridge. At the second light make an immediate left before the bus station (practically under traffic light) into a gravel parking lot. Continue through the parking lot to the paved driveway for the Philadelphia Canoe Club. If no parking is available along the driveway, turn right at the end of drive and follow the "ADDITIONAL PARKING" signs.
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