From fly fishing for rainbow trout to navigating the waters in a kayak, there are so many things to do on the Lackawaxen River. If you prefer to stay on dry land, there are also plenty of hiking and biking trails that follow the waterway as it flows for 31 miles through Northeastern Pennsylvania. We’re lucky here at The Settlers Inn that we can see the river daily as it passes right by our lush gardens. So, whether you like adventures on the water or just love the view, exploring the Lackawaxen River should be on your to-do list while visiting the Pocono Mountains.
If it will be your first time traveling to the Pocono Mountains, don’t forget to download our free Delaware Highlands Vacation Guide. With this free travel guide, you will be in-the-know about all of the wonderful things our area has to offer. From things to do on the Lackawaxen River to upcoming events, restaurants, and local attractions worth visiting, this guide is packed with helpful tips.
Summertime on the River
Kayaking along the Lackawaxen River is a popular activity during the summer months. Kittatinny Canoes offers Lackawaxen Whitewater Trips on specific release days in the summer. In 2018, the dates for these trips are every Friday in July, August 3rd and 10th, and September 8th and 9th. During these trips, you will experience Class 2 and 3 rapids along the 11-mile route.
You don’t have to travel far to enjoy the peacefulness of the Lackawaxen River. After a walk through the Inn’s gardens, take a stroll along the river, which actually borders our property. Gather with friends and roast s’mores by the fire pit, or unwind with a glass of wine and a good book as you listen to the calm waters.
Springtime on the Lackawaxen River
As the winter season begins to fade away, and temperatures start to warm up, check out our Lackawaxen River Ride on your bike. This is one of our innkeeper’s favorite scenic bike rides. Plus, with the Hawley Bike Share Program, you can grab bikes right from the Inn’s front porch and head out on a long and relaxing ride. While biking along the Lackawaxen River, you will see historic landmarks as well as the sights and sounds of a bustling spring.
You’ve probably heard all about fly fishing but have you ever tried it? The cool waters make for ideal conditions for fly fishing in the spring. If you are looking for a knowledgeable guide for your fly fishing adventure, check out John Appert with Lackawaxen River Fishing Tours. With over 50 years of experience, he can teach you proper techniques and which flies to use for the best catch. Services are offered for full and half days.
Experience a Fall Day Along the Lackawaxen River
Though the spring temperatures are ideal for fly fishing, the fall season is perfect for trout fishing. Once the water starts to turn cool again, the conditions become favorable for the perfect catch. Pack a picnic lunch and settle in for the day as you fish for wild rainbow trout and brown trout. Don’t forget. You must have a current Pennsylvania fishing license, signed and displayed while fishing. This activity is for persons 16 years of age and older. In Hawley, you can head over to Wallenpaupack Sports Shop on Welwood Avenue to get a license. They are open 7 days a week starting at 7 a.m.
Because there are over 100 varieties of trees, the fall foliage is not to be missed in the Pocono Mountains. See the bursts of reds, oranges, and yellows all from a scenic drive along the Lackawaxen River. One popular route all the locals love is a ride down Towpath Road. If you take Route 590 East from Hawley, you’ll find Towpath Road on the right. Be sure to have your camera ready. The road follows the Lackawaxen River and offers great opportunities to see the changing leaves.
Another incredible spot to visit is the Roebling Bridge, a National Historic Landmark. As the oldest wire suspension bridge in the world, you have the option to drive or walk across it to enjoy the surrounding scenery. Fun facts: The bridge is primarily known as Roebling’s Delaware Aqueduct and it was designed in part by John A. Roebling, who also designed the Brooklyn Bridge.
Things to Do on the Lackawaxen River During the Winter
From December to March, eagle watching is a very popular activity to enjoy along the Lackawaxen River. The Upper Delaware River Region is one of the largest bald eagle wintering areas in the Northeastern United States. The Delaware Highlands Conservancy is home to the Eagle Institute. Be sure to visit to learn more about the bald eagle’s habitat, get maps to find the best viewing sites, and receive guided tours.
If you don’t feel like bundling up and facing the winter chill, check out our innkeeper’s favorite scenic driving tour. You will be able to see everything from your car window. Jeanne and Grant Genzlinger have compiled a list of their favorite scenic back roads. You just might spot a bald eagle along the way! You can drive as little or as long as you like along this 50-mile loop. Enjoy a view of the Lackawaxen River and stop at local shops along the way to pick up a souvenir for you or someone you love.
Return to The Settlers Inn for an Unforgettable Getaway
Once you’ve explored the Lackawaxen River and you’re ready to kick up your feet, let us be your host here at The Settlers Inn. We offer our guests 23 rooms with most featuring a seasonal fireplace and Jacuzzi tub. When booking your reservation, be sure to ask us about Room 302. With views of the river, you can’t beat this spacious top floor room with a queen-sized wrought iron bed, private bath, and a loveseat sitting area.
We also offer our guests some spectacular getaway packages throughout the year. If you will be traveling to The Settlers Inn between September 23rd and December 21st, ask us about our Fall Foodies Getaway Package. You will stay in our best available queen room, enjoy a three-course dinner for two with welcome wine, and dine on a full country breakfast in the morning.
Our staff is on hand to help make your stay unforgettable. Above all, come and experience all of the fun things to do on the Lackawaxen River. We make it easy for you to book online. Check our availability and reserve your favorite room or package today! We look forward to hosting you in Hawley very soon!