A few words about us
Come experience one of the gems of the Lehigh Valley and gain a different perspective of Bethlehem as you see it from the river.
My experience with the Lehigh River in Bethlehem has been one of solitude. I have kayaked from Allentown to Easton several times a year and it is rare to see anyone else on the river.
It all started one summer afternoon during a picnic in Lehighton on the banks of the Lehigh River. I watched as 1,000 boaters paddled past us in 4 hours. I was an MBA student at Lehigh University at the time and I was trying to figure out, “What am I going to do with this MBA?” It hit me all of the sudden, I could bring recreational kayaking to Bethlehem. I had kayaked the Lehigh River around Bethlehem and Easton for years, and I rarely saw anyone else on the river. “What is the matter with our stretch of river? I wondered? A few weeks later I got a group of friends together and we ran the river in Bethlehem. I kept asking everyone, What do you think? Could we do a tour here? The answers came back readily – YES! this is beautiful and so much history and the Steel Stacks make such a great photo opp in the Kayaks! With that encouragement, I spent the last half of my MBA at Lehigh putting together Historic Bethlehem River Tours.
One of the obstacles to enjoying the river is not having the equipment. Kayaks, Canoes and Rafts are expensive, big, and hard to store. They are a challenge to transport, and to put a trip together can be lots of work. It can take over an hour once you get to the river just to position vehicles at the take out and get back to the put in.
Our goal is to take away the hassle and let everyone enjoy the river. We have the equipment, trained guides, transportation, and provide a great trip souvenir, a picture of you or your group passing by the iconic Bethlehem Steel Stacks. It is a great way to enjoy the day.
Why choose us
A river tour is a great adventure for family, friends, groups and business teams.
Choose a kayak paddling tour and the option of adding a bicycle ride back to the put in. The best of both, kayaking the river and biking the canal tow path, a great combination.
Intro to Kayaking classes are designed to help the novice kayaker gain the skills needed to paddle safely on flatwater lakes and rivers.
Course includes paddle strokes and maneuvers, basic rescue and safety, reading the river, equipment usage, river etiquette and more.
Kayak Samplers let you explore on your own.
Just you and your friends paddling and exploring for up to 3 hours. Discover the secrets of the islands and enjoy tranquility and nature as you can only do in a kayak.
Our Management Team
Eric Allred Owner
Eric has been kayaking for over 25 years. His start with kayaking was as the assistant camp director for the Salmon River High Adventure Base in Salmon Idaho where he took groups on class II and class III whitewater rapids on the North Fork of the Salmon river. Since those days, Eric’s main kayaking experiences have been more tame, mostly recreational kayaking on the Lehigh River with family and friends.
Tiffany Allred Bookeeper
Tiffany is our back office manager, she has over 25 years experience in bookkeeping and managing back office operations for small and medium size companies. In addition to bookkeeping and back office management, Tiffany is an entrepreneur in her own right as a personal trainer with a Masters Degree from AT Still University. She has a select client base from the Lehigh and Saucon Valley Country Clubs.