Allan Quant Memorial Paddle

Montoursville to Montgomery, PA
Jun 13–Jun 13, 2021
Seats Available

Explore an exquisite section of Pennsylvania’s West Branch of the Susquehanna with new and old friends!

This adventure was designed with those who knew Allan Quant in mind. It's a chance for our community of river people to come together. However, the trip is not only for those who knew the big bearded guy. If a June paddle on the West Branch sounds good, we want you to join us! Allan certainly would have.

Heads up: we’re capping the event at 150 participants. I think we’re likely to hit that capacity. Additionally, if our event size is limited by public policy due to COVID, we’ll honor registrations in the order they were received until we hit the ceiling imposed. If this becomes an issue, we’ll refund any registrations we can’t honor.

On the river, we paddle a lovely section without roads or other signs of civilization, just big pools and gentle drops. We keep our eyes peeled for bald eagles and the remnants of eel weirs below the riffles. Mid-day, we view an impressive example of a canal wall from the early 1800s.

There’s optional camping the night before and the night after the paddle. We’ve got all the details covered to keep things running smoothly with catered meals and chartered shuttle busses.

Join Betsy Quant, Jeremy Quant, our Bad Adventures crew, and a spectacular community of river rats for this adventure in June. Register today!

Matt Stan
Matt Stan, Bad Adventures founder

Here's the plan...

Saturday, June 12 - "The Night Before"

We spend our evening reminiscing around a campfire, catching up with old friends, and making new ones. Our campground's swimming pool is open until dark. A scrumptious hot dinner, served in a clamshell container, is included for campers.

  • 4:30-7:00 PM - Check-in open for campers at Riverside Campground in Montgomery
  • 6:00 PM - Dinner for campers
  • 10:00 PM - Quiet hours begin
Meals Included: Dinner

Sunday, June 13 - "The Paddle"

We all travel to Montoursville Boat Launch in personal vehicles at the beginning of the day. If you skipped camping on Saturday night, check-in will be available at the boat launch. Arrive early so you have plenty of time to unload your gear, check-in, and (if applicable) pick up your rental kayak. After unloading, we'll all move our vehicles down Mill Street to make room at the put-in.

After a mandatory safety talk, we put-in for one of the prettiest stretches of the West Branch.

About 8-miles into our 13-mile paddle, we stop to enjoy bagged lunches while socially distanced in Muncy Heritage Park. Musical entertainment will be performed by Van Wagner.

We return to the river and continue to our take-out in Montgomery.

  • 7:00-8:00 AM - Breakfast for campers in Montgomery
  • 8:00-9:15 AM - Check-in open at Montoursville Boat Launch
  • 8:00-9:15 AM - Rentak kayaks available for pick-up at Montoursville Boat Launch
  • 9:30 AM - Mandatory safety talk at Montoursville Boat Launch
  • 6:00 PM - Dinner for campers
  • 10:00 PM - Quiet hours begin
Meals Included: Lunch and Snacks. Breakfast is included for Saturday night campers. Dinner is included for Sunday night campers.

Monday, June 14 - "The Morning After"

All good things must come to an end. After a final breakfast together, we shed a tear, load up our gear, and say our goodbyes.

  • 7:00-8:00 AM - Breakfast for campers in Montgomery
Meals Included: Breakfast

What's Included?

Paddling Trip with an Amazing Group

Experience one of the prettiest stretches of the West Branch with new and old friends.

Expert Guides

Our team will be on-hand to keep the adventure running smoothly! If you're a new paddler, we'll help bring you up to speed.

Moisture-Wicking T-Shirt

A synthetic shirt featuring an original illustration by Brian Swisher in men's or women's cut.

A Delicious Bag Lunch

A catered bag lunch will be served in Muncy, PA. Yummy vegetarian and non-vegetarian lunches are available.

Snacks and Bottled Water

We'll distribute snacks when you check-in to help you keep the hanger at bay!

Live Music from Van Wagner

What's a riverside picnic lunch in Muncy without entertainment?

Shuttle Busses

Chartered buses return us to our vehicles in Montoursville once we get off the water in Montgomery.

Water Blasters

Great river trips have great water fights! So, we'll all be issued water guns.

Optional Tent Camping

We tent camp together the night before and the night after the paddle. Delicious breakfasts and hot dinners included. (Additional fee required.)

Optional Rental Kayak

Need a boat? We'll make sure a single-person recreational kayak, paddle, and lifejacket are waiting for you at the put-in. (Additional fee required.)

COVID-Cautious Planning

We'll keep each other safe by wearing masks when we can't be socially distanced. The shuttle busses roll windows-down!

Important Details & FAQ

  • You bet. Rental recreational kayaks are available for $35 each. Each rental includes a single-person kayak, paddle, and life jacket. Be sure to select the rental kayak option when you register. Arranging a rental on the day of the event is not possible.

    If you rent a kayak and weigh more than 250-pounds or less than 110-pounds, please email us at after you register so we can request that an appropriately-sized boat is reserved for you.

  • Our final COVID policies will be announced on this web page and via an email to all paddlers in May, 2021.

    Face masks are required to be worn when on-land and not socially distanced. Helping someone load their boat? Mask up! Checking in and picking up your t-shirt? You gotta keep that face covering on! Socially distanced on the river or spread out in a field eating the delicious provided lunch? It's OK to remove your mask.

    If our event size is limited by public policy, we'll honor registrations in the order they were received and cancel and refund all other registrations. Consider registering early.

  • We're capping registration at 150. I (Matt Stan here) anticipate that the paddle will sell out. Consider registering early.

    If our event size is limited by public policy due to COVID, we'll honor registrations in the order they were received.

  • Easy! Send an email to and we'll get you squared away.

  • No problem. Just send an email to We'll make the change and send you a link to submit payment for your rental.

  • Allan was a big figure in the Pennsylvania paddlesports community. He was a friend and mentor to countless people, including me (Matt Stan here). Bad Adventures would not exist without his influence.

    It's not necessary for you to have known Allan to participate in the paddle. To be clear: this is a public, top-notch river trip, not a memorial service.

  • It's A-OK if you're not an experienced paddler! Bad Adventures guides love to teach paddling. We'll be happy to help bring you up to speed.

    In our guided, group-paddle setting, the itinerary we have planned is appropriate for a beginner paddler.

  • Our itinerary is 13-miles with a lunch stop a bit past half way. It's a mild full-day paddle with opportunities to stop for a break or a swim.

  • A couple sections of our itinerary have mild waves that are fun to paddle through. In our guided, group-paddle setting, the itinerary is appropriate for beginners.

  • You don't need to be a professional athlete to take part! We're planning a few hours of recreational paddling at a relaxed pace.

  • Check-in on Sunday (the day of the paddle) is at the Montoursville Boat Launch. It's at the end of Mill St in Montoursville, PA. Check-in is open from 8:00 to 9:15 AM.

    Please note: we are NOT using the PA Fish and Boat Ramp on Greevey Rd. That's a different put-in.

  • We've arranged group tent camping at Riverside Campground in Montgomery, PA the night before and the night after the paddle. A hot dinner and a breakfast are provided for each night you camp. When you register, be sure to indicate which nights you'd like to camp.

    You're responsible for bringing your own camping gear.

    If you camp both nights, you may leave your tent set up. However, we don't recommend leaving valuables unattended.

    Oh, yeah, there are hot showers at the campground!

  • This shouldn't be difficult to arrange. There are three steps to set it up:

    1. Contact Riverside Campground directly at 570-547-6289 to reserve and pay for an RV site.

    2. Also register for camping via this website when you register for the trip so we include you in the meal counts.

    3. Email to let us know you'll be staying at an RV site. We'll drop you from the group tent camping headcount, while leaving you on the camping meal headcount. We'll also refund $10 per person per night to the credit card you used to register for the paddle.

  • There are numerous hotels in Williamsport near our put-in at the Montoursville Boat Launch. The Comfort Inn Williamsport or Hampton Inn & Suites Williamsport-Faxon Exit may be good choices.

    Alternately, you may be able to arrange a cabin through Riverside Campground by calling 570-547-6289.

    If you'd like to be included in our headcount for meals at camp, but won't be staying in our group tent camping area, be sure to register for camping when you sign up for the paddle, then email for a $10 per person per night refund.

  • You bet. If you select the vegetarian meal option, we'll provide a vegan (no meat, fish, eggs, or dairy) bag lunch for you on Sunday.

    If you're camping and request the vegetarian meal option, we'll arrange lacto vegetarian (no meat, fish, or eggs) dinners and breakfasts. We can't offer vegan dinners or breakfasts.

    We're unable to make meal substitutions to accommodate food allergies or a gluten-free diet. If your needs are unlikely to be met by the food provided, consider packing your own food to supplement what's provided.

  • If you select the rental kayak option when you register, we'll arrange to have a recreational sit-in or sit-on-top kayak waiting for you at the put-in, along with a paddle and life jacket. Because rental boats are furnished by a regional outfitter partner, we can't guarantee the exact model of kayak you'll be issued.

    If you rent a kayak and weigh more than 250-pounds or less than 110-pounds, please email us at after you register so we can reserve an appropriately-sized boat for you.

  • Absolutely!!

  • Unless special arrangements are made, children must be at least 8 years old to participate. Experienced paddlers may request special permission to bring a child under age 8 by emailing Everyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or responsible adult.

Let's Do This!
Sun Jun 13 Sun Jun 13, 2021
Seats Available
$ 61
Possible change of plans? You can cancel for a full refund until 90 days before the trip.

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