Byers Island

County Township Year Acreage Type Conservation Values
County: Northumberland Township: Upper Augusta Year: 2006 Acreage: 225.00 Type: Public Acquisition Conservation Values:
  • Adjacent to Other Conserved Land
  • Comprehensive or Open Space/Greenway Plan
  • In the Public's View
  • Public Recreation
  • Special Scenic Quality

When PPL built an electric generating station at Shamokin Dam it acquired an archipelago of six islands in the Susquehanna River to anchor a dam designed to provide cooling water. Many years later, PPL made to decision to divest itself of the islands and donate them to NPC.

Subsequently, NPC transferred ownership of the islands to DCNR's Bureau of Forestry. The Bureau of Forestry is managing the islands as part of the Susquehanna River Water Trail. There are 3 primitive camping areas for canoeists using the River. The islands are also part of a study area Susquehanna University’s researchers are examining to understand the River’s chemistry and how the West Branch Susquehanna mixes with the main stem of the River. Public ownership of the islands is allowing this research to continue.