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Lock Opening
Third Sunday
of each Month at 3:00

weather permitting

SCA Volunteer's Maintaining Navigation in the Schuylkill Canal

A special thank you to the volunteers that braved 6 deg F temperatures for 5 hrs performing tree removal last Sunday, the coldest day in modern history. Cold temperatures, for an extended period, provided a rare opportunity to safely access areas of the canal for tree work. Trees were worked from or dropped onto the ice as had not previously been possible.

In addition to tree removal from Route 29 to the Fitzwater Station, trees were removed from structural walls in the canal forebay above the lock gates. In total, an estimated 25 problem trees greater than 6” diameter and countless nuisance limbs were removed as planned, without incident.

Please think of their work as you paddle under tree limbs during the warm comfortable months.

List of volunteers 
Lorraine Phillips
Mikael Stokes
John White
Steve Kosak
Todd Welsh
Chris Zeliznak
Strickland Kneass
Kevin McDonnell
Cory Reid
Wayne Martin

2 unknown volunteers from Black Rock Rd and 113 that came late morning and provided momentum extending work to 2 pm.

There was another volunteer (the guy in the Cabella's sweatshirt). Used to be a Mont Clare local. The two other guys were from up around the Farm Park.

Thanks to all that helped!


January 21, 2018 

Open House 1:00 – 4:00 PM,

Meet at Locktender’s House (weather permitting)

Lock 60 at Schuylkill Canal Park, 400 Towpath Rd., Mont Clare, Pa, 610-917-0021

February 18, 2018 

Open House 1:00 – 4:00 PM,

Meet at Locktender’s House (weather permitting)

Lock 60 at Schuylkill Canal Park, 400 Towpath Rd., Mont Clare, Pa, 610-917-0021

Friday and Saturday, March 2-3, 2018 6:30-11:00 PM,

Banff Mountain Film Festival

Immaculata University

1145 West King Rd., Immaculata, Pa 19345

Hot on the heels of the largest, and one of the most prestigious, mountain festivals in the world, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour has hit the road, with stops planned in more than 275 communities and 30 countries across the globe. On Friday, March 3rd and Saturday, March 4th the Philadelphia Rock Gym, in partnership with the Schuylkill Canal Association, will host the 22nd annual showing of the festival in the Philadelphia area, at our best venue yet, Alumnae Hall on the Immaculata University campus in Malvern, PA.  A portion of all the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Canal Association for the preservation and development of Schuylkill Canal Park and Lock 60.

Sunday, March 18th, 1:00 PM Hike, around 2:00 PM Treasure Hunt

St. Patrick’s Day Hike and Treasure Hunt

Join the SCA as we celebrate the beginning of spring with one of our annual favorites:  Hikers will meet in the parking lot behind the Pickering Creek Inn at 1:00 p.m. and will walk across the bridge, over the Schuylkill River, and down the towpath to Lock 60. Upon reaching the Lock 60 picnic grove, gold coins will be scattered throughout the field for children to gather and turn in for prizes at the Locktender’s house.

SCA will have local musicians provide Irish and folk Music for the event.

Come and enjoy the afternoon free of charge; however, donations will gladly be accepted.

Children of all ages can join in with a treasure and scavenger hunt with adult supervision.

To register your child(ren), or for more information and/or directions, please call (610) 917-0021.


Saturday, April 21st & 22nd clean-up -9 AM – 10 PM,

Schuylkill River Trail Spreekend! And Spring Clean-up

Lock 60 at Schuylkill Canal Park, 400 Towpath Rd., Mont Clare, Pa, 610-917-8030

Join the Schuylkill Canal Association and The Sly Fox  to celebrate the Schuylkill River Trail!  The Spreekend! will feature a 50 K trail run, kayaking, cycling, and hiking, a Can Jam Tournament, and live music, food, and refreshments at St. Michael's Park in Mont Clare with Live music. The spree is sponsored by the Sly Fox Brewing Company and more information can be found at: http://slyfoxbeer.com/srt-spree

Sunday, May 20th, 1 to 4 PM

Wildflower Walk

Lock 60 at Schuylkill Canal Park, 400 Towpath Rd., Mont Clare, Pa, 610-917-8030

Join SCA’s Dave Williams for a guided walk to view wildflowers along the Schuylkill River and ravines.

Weather permitting, this is a moderately difficult 1.5 hour hike up the first ravine, up a steep hill, along the bluffs, then down a narrow trail, and back to Lock 60 along the Schuylkill River.

Ages: 8 and up with an adult, pre-registration requested, meet at Locktender’s House.

Wednesday, June 7th, 3 PM to 8:30 PM

Schuylkill River Sojourn

Dinner and Program (6 PM to 8:30 PM): St. Michael’s Park in Mont Clare, PA, 

The Schuylkill River Sojourn is a week-long paddle of the Schuylkill River starting in Schuylkill Haven and ending in Philadelphia. The sojourn will arrive at Lock 60 on Wednesday, June 7th at about 3:30 PM. The sojourners will lock through Lock 60, set up camp in the picnic grove and enjoy an evening in Mont Clare and depart on Thursday, June 8th.  We invite you to come out, welcome the sojourners to Mont Clare and take part in the dinner and program on June 7th. That evening events beginning at 6 :00 PM until 8:30 PM at St. Michael's Park, Otterbein United Methodist Church will be serving a delicious spaghetti dinner with dessert and coffee provided by St. Michael of the Archangel Catholic Church.

Community members are more than welcome to come for dinner; $10.00 per person will cover the all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner with salad, beverages and dessert included. Pre-registration and payment is recommended to make sure there is enough for all to enjoy. 

Sunday, June 24th, 8:30 AM to 5 PM

36th Annual Canal Day

Lock 60 at Schuylkill Canal Park, 400 Towpath Rd., Mont Clare, Pa, 610-917-8030

The SCA invites the community to its 36th annual event.  At Lock 60 and St. Michael’s Park in Mont Clare, PA (right across the river from Phoenixville). This day full of family-oriented fun along the Schuylkill Canal Park includes food, music, kids' games & crafts, competitive activities such as the Schuylkill River Trail Run, the Canoe/Kayak 5-Mile Water Trail Race, and the international and world renown Canal Joust. The Canal Day $5/car donation will be accepted upon entering the access road from St. Michael’s Park to Lock 60. Please be advised, Towpath Road will be closed to vehicular traffic, starting at 8:30 AM until 5:00 PM, A handicap-accessible shuttle bus will bring people back and forth, free-of-charge, from the parking area all day. 

For additional information, call (610) 917-0021 or visit www.schuylkillcanal.org.

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