I love going kayaking where the only sound is the breeze rustling through the trees and a distant hawk screeching into the sky.
This is well off the beaten path and well worth the drive away from civilization, the only reminders of which are of course, the camps you pass along the road. During hunting season, this is a busy place!
Shaggers Inn is located near S.B. Elliott and Parker Dam State Parks in Clearfield County, PA. The wetland contains one of the few nesting areas in Pennsylvania for osprey. Waterfowl is common in spring and fall. The surrounding Moshannon State Forest is an excellent place to find birds such as scarlet tanager, purple finch, and wild turkey. Other wildlife around the wetlands includes beaver, black bear, and white-tailed deer.
We were there on an early fall day. The osprey had departed for the season, and there were no eagles either, to our disappointment. But several hawk called out, a wild sound that sent shivers up my spine.
Hours: Dawn to dusk. Kayaking/canoeing on the pond is forbidden during the osprey nesting season, April – end of May.