Join the Parks on the river where we have been canoeing for 40 years. It is fun, educational, and great exercise! Spend a day with nature. Just bring water, lunch, and a smile—we will do the rest. We supply the canoes, kayaks, gear, training, and transportation. Our experienced leaders teach the ways of currents and eddies and how to paddle mankind’s oldest craft, with a few new tricks. Tell us what you want to learn—we are eager to teach. Unless stated otherwise, all trips are suitable for ages 8 through adults. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
CLINTON POND PADDLES
Saturday, April 8, Clinton Town parking lot off of Halstead Street & Water Street, ages 6 through adults, $25
Session A: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Session B: 12:00PM to 2:00 PM
Paddle around the scenic “Clinton Pond”… past the lily pads, under the road bridge, past the historic Red Mill, up to the spillway of the Spruce Run Reservoir, and back. Great for children ages six and up (with an adult), senior citizens, beginners, folks with special needs (please inform us in advance), or those with a hankering to take a leisurely paddle and commune with nature.
FLAT WATER PADDLE: SUNSET PADDLE ON ROUND VALLEY RESERVOIR
Session A: Friday, June 16
Session B: Friday, July 14
Friday, July 17, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Round Valley
Reservoir Boat Launch, ages 8 through adult, $25
Treat yourself to a leisurely evening sunset paddle. The group will meet at Round Valley Reservoir Boat Launch (white van with green canoes). Bring a flashlight and a jacket: it can get much cooler by the water after sunset.
PLANNING YOUR CANOE TRIP
Pre-register by the Wednesday before the trip. Please note: Due to water levels or other circumstances beyond our control, leaders may choose an alternative river. If we cancel the trip for any reason, we will call you as soon as we make the cancellation, but our trips run rain or shine! Dress in layers so you can adjust to changing
temperatures. Durable old clothes are best, especially wool and polypropylene fleece in cool weather. Sneakers are recommended; no sandals, boots, or heavy shoes. Bring lunch (packed in waterproof container), lots of water, sunscreen, a rain jacket, a hat, eyeglass strap, etc. A complete change of clothing can be packed in a waterproof bag to be carried in your canoe or to be in the van for the trip’s end. No alcoholic beverages. No pets are allowed, except for guide animals. We have several kayaks available, but can also accommodate your own kayak on many trips (at your own risk).
8:15 AM to about 3:30 PM, Arboretum, ages 8 through adults, $35
Your leaders will fit you with a lifejacket and paddle and then drive to the river, where they will discuss
maneuvering techniques and canoe safety. Our leaders will guide you down the river. We paddle for about two hours, stop for lunch, and paddle for about two more hours. We are flexible with our time, which depends in part on natural forces, such as wind speed and the river’s water level. Our aim is to return to the Arboretum by 3:30 PM, give or take an hour.
Sat., April 22: Lamington (back-up: Delaware)
Sat., May 6: South Branch (back-up: Delaware)
Sat., May 20: Delaware: Kingwood to Bull’s Island
Sat., June 3: Musconetcong (back-up: Delaware)
Sat., June 24: Delaware: Phillipsburg to Riegelsville
Sat., July 8: Delaware: Martins Creek to Phillipsburg
Sat., July 22: South Branch (back-up: Delaware)
Sat., Aug. 5: Delaware: Phillipsburg to Riegelsville
Sat., Aug. 19: Delaware: Kingwood to Bull’s Island
Sat., Sept. 2: Delaware: Phillipsburg to Riegelsville
Sat., Sept. 16: Delaware: Martins Creek to Phillipsburg
Sat., Oct. 7: South Branch (back-up: Delaware)
Sat., Oct. 21: Leaders’ Choice
Please note: Due to water levels or other circumstances beyond our control, it may be necessary to select an alternative river. Leaders may make this change at any time in order to provide a safe and fun experience.
Registration is required, download a form from our website www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/ProgramRegistrationForms.html