Loyalsock Creek worthy of River of Year moniker

Loyalsock Creek flows through Worlds End State Park and along the Loyalsock Trail.

The 59-mile trail provides vistas overlooking the stream below.

The stream flows through a very remote, rural area of Pennsylvania.

So when the creek was nominated for the title of 2018 River of the Year, it was at a disadvantage against the other four nominees.

It is a testament to the creek’s reputation as a world-class waterway of natural beauty that it was able to overcome an inherent population disadvantage to be named River of the Year by popular vote.

Loyalsock Creek received 6,001 of the 15,061 total votes.

Those who voted for the creek have correctly assessed what people who live here know – the creek poses an incomparable natural beauty that makes it a place of peace, tranquility and recreational opportunity.

With the designation comes a $10,000 grant to the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association which is to be used to help fund year-long activities relating to the award.

Hopefully, the activities will introduce even more people to the timeless treasure we have in the Loyalsock Creek and create a new level of respect for the environment and recreation that has always been a calling card for our region.