River Town Resources

The River Town Program provides resources to the small businesses, community organizations, and municipal governments in the towns in which it works. Listed resources are organized by audience. We have also listed helpful resources for planning river sojourns below.

For Visitor Resources, including brochures, an outdoor recreation guide, and links to regional tourism agencies, click here.

Capturing the Opportunities of the Mon River Valley Action Agenda

Mon River Valley Five Year Action Agenda, Capturing the Opportunities in the Mon River Valley

Monongahela Riverfront Walkability Project

By the Numbers

Fredericktown Gateway Project

Fredericktown Riverfront Planning Summary

Mon Valley Alliance, presentation by Christopher Whitlatch, CEO
For more information, contact 724-565-5636; www.monvalleyalliance.org

North Belle Vernon Community Park, presentation by R.J. Sokol, Community Leader 

California Public Launch Project, presentation by Andrew J. Schwartz, Principal Environmental Planning and Design
EPD in partnership with the Mon River Towns Program and most importantly California Borough worked for over five years to ensure an accessible, improved launch and docking facility was made available to the public.  The project, funded by DCNR and the Borough of California was recently completed.

A Guide to Flatwater Paddling in and around Morgantown, WV
Developed by the Morgantown Area Paddlers Group

California Comprehensive Plan Executive Summary, 2003

Herald Standard Article Regions rivers surge in fish numbers and public recognition, 2013

Mon River Recreation Plans (a listing of links to the plan documents)

Camping Gear Checklist

25 Camping Hacks To Teach Your Kids

Backyard Camping for Kids with Disabilities

Outdoor Safety Tips For Children

20 Fun Camping Games for Kids

Trekking: Stay connected with our favorite outdoor apps

13 Insider Tips For The Perfect Winter Camping Experience

A Guide to Outdoor Safety and Health

Water Cycle Glossary of Terms

An Essential Guide To Enjoying National Parks Responsibly


Drought Safety Info
Ultimate Guide to Drought Safety 
Heat Wave Safety
A Guide to Staying Safe During Wildfires
Driving in Fog, Dust Storms, and Sand Storms

Water Conservation Info
Which States Use the Most Water?
25 Ways to Conserve Water at Home
Saving Water Outdoors 
10 Ways to Use Tech and Smart Business Practices to Conserve Water

Procedure for Lockage for Canoes and Kayaks

Locking through along the Monongahela River may entail different approaches. Some of the locks do not have floating cylinders as explained in this outlined procedure and instead require ropes from lockmasters. We recommend checking with the Army Corps of Engineers prior to planning a paddle that requires locking through. Remember though the pools of the beautiful Monongahela River offer great paddles without locking through.

Click here to download the guide.


Investment Opportunities Throughout the Mon River Valley

There are dozens of investment opportunities throughout the Mon River Valley. We are listing some here and are always willing to list any available commercial opportunities. Contact Cathy McCollom, River Town Program director, at csm@mccollomds.com should you have a commercial or industrial property you would like to add to this listing.


Mon Valley Properties

Realtor Presentation


Related Businesses & Organizations

Three Rivers Paddling Club

Organization of river trips and other social outdoor recreation.
Promotion of safety and improvement of skills through organized instruction.
Promotion of river conservation and recreational access.
Exchange of information relevant to paddlers, such as river guides, trip reports, equipment ideas and safety advice.
Facebook: yes
Membership: yes


Three Rivers Rowing Association

We develop and deliver safe, sustainable programs and events that teach and promote the benefits of rowing and paddling to our diverse community.
Facebook: Yes
Membership: Yes


Dynamic Paddlers

Dynamic Paddlers specializes in adaptive kayak instruction for people with disabilities and their able-bodied family and friends.
Facebook: Yes
Membership: N/A


Friends of The Riverfront—Three Rivers Heritage Trail

Increasing awareness and engagement with the Pittsburgh region’s rivers and riverfronts through activities, stewardship, and expansion of water and land trails.
The Three Rivers Heritage Trail is a multi-use riverfront trail system in the Pittsburgh region. This 24-mile nonlinear trail has segments on both banks of Pittsburgh’s three rivers with access to city neighborhoods, business districts, and local attractions. The trail promotes a healthy lifestyle, is popular for recreation, and provides a safe route for commuters.
Facebook: Yes (Friends of Riverfront….Three Rivers Heritage Trail is just a checkpoint
Membership: N/A


Allegheny River Development Corporation

Keep the Locks and Dams on the Allegheny River Operational and secure by seeking the necessary funding.

Maximize the Hours of Operation of the locks for ALL users.

Promote River Recreational Boating and to lobby for equal representation in governmental spending.

Promote Commercial Navigation by keeping the navigable channels open and secure.

Promote Economic Growth as it pertains to Recreational and Commercial Navigation in the communities that border the Allegheny.

Facebook: Yes

Membership: Yes


Marianna Outdoorsmen Association

We strive to promote the great outdoors and rich heritage of southwestern Pa through the annual events listed below.

  1. Marianna Canoe Race
  2. Stream Clean-ups
  3. Multiple spring trout stockings
  4. High school scholarships
  5. Summer Catfish stocking
  6. Golf outing
  7. Veteran fishing day
  8. Fall trout stocking
  9. Fall trout derby
  10. Mall shows

Facebook Yes:
Membership Yes:
Web site: None as of August 2016

Greene Cove Marina

Greene Cove Marina has been under the same family management since 1973, and has grown into one of the largest and most desirable family oriented, full service marinas along the Monongahela River. A true destination marina, Greene Cove offers plenty of amenities and activities for your family to enjoy.
Facebook: Yes
Membership: N/A
Facebook page:

Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau

Offers some of the most spectacular natural scenery, outstanding outdoor recreation venues, historic sites & attractions, family activities, and world-class resorts.
Facebook: Yes
Membership: No


Upper Monongahela River Association

The purpose of the Upper Monongahela River Association (UMRA) is to promote the general development of the Upper Monongahela River, primarily in West Virginia.
Facebook: No
Membership: No


Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers

At its heart, POWR is a membership organization. As a network of local watershed groups advancing protection and enjoyment of Pennsylvania’s watersheds, we connect and build capacity, support and shared values among our members through various services.
Facebook: No
Membership: Yes


PA Land Trust Association

The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association seeks to protect Pennsylvania’s special places and landscapes for all generations to come. To increase the quality and pace of land conservation, PALTA helps conservation practitioners improve their work.
Facebook: Yes
Membership: N/A can sign up for account on their website.