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Governor Corbett to Kayak the Upper Delaware River
August 23, 2012
Darbytown– Governor Tom Corbett today began a two-day kayak tour on the
Upper Delaware River through Wayne, Pike and Monroe counties to promote
Pennsylvania’s natural resources and learn about this critical waterway.

“Pennsylvania is blessed with unmatched natural beauty and resources,” Corbett
said. “As Pennsylvanians, we sometimes take our beautiful surroundings for
granted, so this summer, I’m taking out the kayak and experiencing them first
hand. I encourage residents across the state to do the same.”

Setting off this morning from the southern tip of Wayne County, Corbett will be
kayaking down the Upper Delaware River; visiting Wayne, Pike and Monroe
counties throughout his two-day trip. The Governor will be spending time on water
as well as on land visiting a state park, a national park and tourist destinations.

He will be joined on the water by Department of Conservation and Natural
Resources (DCNR) Secretary Rick Allan, Department of Environmental Protection
(DEP) Secretary Michael Krancer and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
Executive Director John Arway.

“We are thankful and excited to see the Governor’s commitment to recreational
tourism as he showcases outdoor opportunities across Pennsylvania this summer,”
said John Arway, executive director of the Fish and Boat Commission. “Fishing and
boating are big business in Pennsylvania and these activities generate
approximately $3.4 billion in revenue to the state every year.”

While on the water, Corbett is learning about the region’s landscape and how recent
preservation projects and economic development initiatives have conserved the
area’s natural beauty while enhancing the quality of life for residents.

“An investment in Pennsylvania’s natural resources is a proven investment in local
economic activity,” said Corbett. “Investments that create jobs, help communities
prosper and preserve our natural resources are always worthwhile.”

When not on the water, Corbett will be visiting local tourist destinations including
the Zane Grey Museum, Masker Museum, Promised Land State Park and the
Shawnee Inn.

This is Corbett’s second kayak tour this summer. Corbett kayaked the Allegheny
and Conemaugh rivers in July; visiting Forest, Venango and Warren counties,
Johnstown and Pittsburgh. The Governor’s kayak trips have become a tradition,
beginning last summer when the Governor promoted the importance of preserving
and conserving our natural resources while traveling the Susquehanna River.
For more information on the Governor’s kayak trip, visit the Governor’s site at

For more information about Pennsylvania’s aquatic resources, visit Pennsylvania
Fish and Boat Commission online at

For more information about state parks, visit the Department of Conservation and
Natural Resources online at

Find additional opportunities to explore Pennsylvania’s many unique tourism assets

Media contact
Kelli Roberts

The mission of the Fish and Boat Commission is to protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities. For more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania, please visit our website at
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