Updated: October 3, 2017

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You need not be a member to paddle with our club! Of course we encourage membership, but we invite you to go on some trips and see for yourself. Trips rates as flatwater or class 1 are generally open to paddlers of all skill levels, with the trip leader's approval. Rental or loaner boats may be available. Trips listed as class 2 or higher are whitewater, and prior experience, your own equipment and leader approval are required. Contact the trip leader at least a few days in advance if you have never paddled with us before. Always contact the leader. We do not publish meeting place and time.

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PFDs (life jackets) must be worn on all trips when on the water. Helmets must be worn by all paddling decked boats on Class 2 or higher trips, and for all open boats on Class 3 or higher trips.

 

April 29 Saturday Neshaminy Creek, Mill Creek road to Tyler State Park. A scenic paddle in Bucks county. Class 1 not difficult but some experience is helpful. Upon registration detailed information will be sent to you. If you have a boat, register with the leader. If you need a boat, contact Churchville Nature Center. Call Tue.-Sun. 10-5 at 215-357-4005. Fee includes canoe, paddle, pfd, and boat transport to river. Canoe Use Fee: Members $25/Non-Members $30. CNC honors AMC membership. If you are an AMC member, be sure to mention it when you call. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Additional information will be provided upon registration. John Chalikian, 215-635-3516 (best time to call: before 9) chalikian@juno.com

Rescheduled due to weather. May 13, Saturday, Kayak/Canoe on Lake Nockamixon. This paddle trip is suitable for all levels of paddlers. We will paddle from the Haycock Launch, which is located on Haycock Creek leading into Lake Nockamixon. Expect to stay on the water for 4 or 5 hours of gentle flatwater paddling. You must provide your own boat, paddles, and personal flotation device (lifejacket). If you need to rent a kayak or canoe, please contact Nature's Way Canoe and Kayak. (http://naturecanoe.com/) Non-powered boats launched in the park must display one of the following: boat registration; launching permit or mooring permit from Pennsylvania State Parks, available at most state park offices; launching permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Bring a lunch, water, clothing suitable for the weather and extra dry clothing. Leader, Rich Pace, to register with Reed Goosen, click here.

May 20, Saturday, Kayak/Canoe on Lake Nockamixon. This paddle trip is suitable for all levels of paddlers. We will paddle from the Haycock Launch, which is located on Haycock Creek leading into Lake Nockamixon. Backup date May 21. Expect to stay on the water for 4 or 5 hours of gentle flatwater paddling. You must provide your own boat, paddles, and personal flotation device (lifejacket). If you need to rent a kayak or canoe, please contact Nature's Way Canoe and Kayak. (http://naturecanoe.com/) Non-powered boats launched in the park must display one of the following: boat registration; launching permit or mooring permit from Pennsylvania State Parks, available at most state park offices; launching permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

Bring a lunch, water, clothing suitable for the weather and extra dry clothing. Leader, Rich Pace, to register with Reed Goosen, click here.

June 3-4 Saturday & Sunday, Tandem Canoe Training Beginners and experienced people are welcome. We work with your skill level. This class is a two-day event. The first day is on Lake Luxembourg, Core Creek Park in Bucks County, PA. The second day will be on the Delaware at Lambertville, NJ. On the first day, the strokes for paddling in the bow and stern will be taught and practiced so you can become comfortable and in control of the canoe. To help you achieve this you will have your own coach in the boat as a partner.. Safety and other boating skills will be covered. The second day you will learn how to do eddy turns, ferries, and water reading will be worked on. We will finish with a short paddle down the Delaware with some surfing along the way. After these classes you should be comfortable paddling many local rivers like all of the Pine Barrens, most of the Delaware, Schuylkill and the Lehigh that are class 1. As you gain time on the water and if you choose to move on to wild water you will simply build on the foundation of skills you've learned in this class. This is a joint class with Churchville Nature Center[CNC] and Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC). Registration is through CNC; call Tue.-Sun. 10-5 at 215-357-4005. CNC-AMC Members/non-members - $90/$110 for both days. Includes boat, paddle, and pfd. Questions? Contact leaders John Chalikian. 215-635-3516, (best time to call: before 9), chalikian@juno.com or Walt Underhill, 610-827-7776, (best time to call: before 9) underwalt@aol.com

Sunday, June 11 - Mullica River, Wharton State Forest, Class 1 Enjoy a scenic paddle on the Mullica River in the heart of the New Jersey pine barrens. We will paddle from the Beaver Pond to Pleasant Mills. We will paddle past cedars, marsh and bogs on our way. This trip is being run through an outfitter so that rentals will be available. The outfitter will bring us in to the put in and will pick us up at the end. Use your own canoe or kayak or rent one. The charge with a rental kayak and transportation will be $50. Rental canoes are $65 ($32.50 each paddler) and require previous experience with paddling a canoe. If you are bringing your own boat, the charge is $25 for a kayak or $32.50 for a canoe. These prices include sales tax and may drop if we get enough rentals for a group discount. Sorry, there is no private shuttle option. But I'll help coordinate a private shuttle for anybody who wants to set one up. You must register for this trip. All money will be collected the morning of the trip. Please bring cash. Registering on Me‌etup is preferred. The outfitter will provide transportation to the put in and will pick us up at the take out. For more details, please visit our Me‌etup page. Registering through Me‌etup is preferred but not required. The group size is limited. There will be an optional post paddle gathering. Rich Pace More Info at: AMC Trip Listing

June 24, Saturday Lehigh River old friends paddle and pizza. Class 2-3 whitewater from White Haven to Rockport. After paddle: old friends' pizza party at leader's nearby house. Food costs to be shared, plus BYOB. Register for both or either with  Bob Lindquist, lindquistspb@yahoo.com

June 24 Saturday, Batsto River, Quaker Bridge to Batsto Village. Join us for the twists and turns of the Pine Barrens. This is a good follow up for the tandem class . students and anyone who wants to have an adventure on the water. This is a class 1 (easy) paddle. This is a joint trip with CNC, If you need a canoe contact Churchville at 215-357-4005. cost for boat, paddle and pfd is $25/30 – AMC/CNC member / non-members. If you have a boat contact the leader: Leader: Walt Underhill, 610-827-7776 before 9, underwalt@aol.com

June 27, Tuesday, Schuylkill River/Canal Loop. Class 1. We'll take a leisurely, early evening paddle up the canal and then down the river. Meet at the park beside the Fitzwater Station at 3:00. Optional dinner afterwards at the Fitzwater Station, www.fitzwaterstation.com. Rentals are available at Port Providence Paddle, info@canoeandkayak.biz, 610-933-1421. Esther Underhill, 610-827-7776, 484-716-9036 (cell for trip day), underwalt@aol.com.

CANCELED July 8-9 Saturday & Sunday, Solo Open Canoe Training. Your chance to learn to paddle a canoe solo. We'll cover basic strokes and boat control on flatwater. Then we'll learn basic maneuvers (such as ferrys, eddy turns, and peel outs) on moving water. Sunday will be a river trip to review, practice and experience how all this happens on moving water. Some prior experience is helpful, but is not required. Tandem canoe course is particularly helpful. Equipment is available. Leader: Walt Underhill, 610-827-7776 before 9, underwalt@aol.com

July 9, Sunday, Schuylkill Paddle Lock 60 in Mont Clare to Pawlings Road in Valley Forge Park. Class 1. Rentals available at Port Providence Paddle. Esther Underhill, 610-827-7776, underwalt@aol.com

July 12, Wednesday, Wading River. Class 1. We will paddle this popular river in the Pine Barrens during the week, when it is less crowded. Esther Underhill, 610-827-7776, 484-716-9036 (cell for trip day), underwalt@aol.com.

July 15, Saturday, Delaware River Raubsville to Frenchtown, Class 1+ This will be a nice 13.5 mile river paddle with a some small rapids and some nice scenery along the way. Near the beginning, we will be passing under the historic Riegelsville Roebling bridge. You will need your own kayak or canoe for this river event. Rental boats are not available. The leader will coordinate with the shuttling of the kayaks and canoes. You must have a life vest (PFD) and please bring a whistle. A PA launch permit is required for Raubsville and we will instruct you on how to get one. Securely attached water shoes or sandals are required. Flip flops are not acceptable. Bring water and a lunch. Expect this 13.5 mile trip to be an all day event. We will take breaks along the way. We will all work together for safety as we paddle down the river. We will need you to help after the river trip is done. We will need drivers to take people back to get their vehicles at Raubsville and people to stay with the boats until all vehicles are back from the starting location. We are meeting at the Frenchtown parking lot along the Delaware River. Please contact the leader for further details.There will be an optional post trip gathering that we hope you can attend. Some prior kayaking experience is desirable. Meeting time is 9:30 am in Frenchtown, NJ. Contact leader Rich Pace to register

July 22. Saturday, Swiftwater Safety Session. Excellent for both whitewater, flatwater and sea kayak paddlers. $5/$25 (member/nonmember), instructor/volunteers are free. Course tailored to the needs of the group. We'll cover swimming rapids, self-rescue, deep water reentry, group rescue, equipment recovery, group actions, scene management, gear & more. On Delaware River at Lambertville wing dam. Register by 7/20. Eric Pavlak, 610-650-8926, eric@outings.org

July 26, Wednesday, Great Egg Harbor River This is an approximately 8 mile trip in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Due to downed trees and other obstacles to maneuver around, some paddling experience is required. We will meet at the Palace Outfitters. They will shuttle private boats to our put-in for $14. Rental kayaks are available for $40; canoes for $60. We may be able to get a discount if we have 10 paddlers or more. Francine Carlini, 610-279-4671, fcarlini@comcast.net

July 30, Sunday, Pine Barrens Paddle, Oswego, Batsto or Tulpohocken, Class 1, Wharton State Forest This Sunday looks to be a great day to get out and paddle in the Pine Barrens. River levels are up and the Oswego River is our first choice. But this somewhat dependent on a predicted 2-3 inches of rain on Friday. If the river level is too low, we will switch to paddling the Batsto River. If it's too high, we will take advantage of that and explore the rarely paddled upper reaches of the Tulpohocken Creek and paddle out on the Wading River. So this is all dependent on how much rain we get and river levels. We plan to utilize an outfitter to simplify the shuttle. But that can change if the group can do our own shuttle. The outfitter will provide transportation to the put in and will pick us up at the take out. Rentals will be available. There will be a post trip gathering we hope that you can attend. For more details, please register with the leader to get the final decision and details by Saturday morning. Contact Rich Pace.

August 5, Saturday, Schuylkill River, Mont Clare to Pawlings Road. Class 1. This section of the river begins at Lock 60, a working lock, and ends in Valley Forge Park. Esther Underhill, 610-827-7776, 484-716-9036 (cell for trip day), underwalt@aol.com.

August 19, Saturday, Lehigh River: Lehigh Gap to Northampton, Class 1+ NOTE: This trip may change to the Delaware River if river levels in the Lehigh are not adequate for paddling. Come and join a fun day on the Lehigh River. This stretch of river has a series of small and fun rapids. You will need your own kayak or canoe for this river event. Rental boats are not available. The leaders will coordinate with the shuttling of the kayaks and canoes. You must have a life vest (PFD) and you should bring a whistle. Closed toe water shoes are required. Bring water and a moderate sized lunch. I anticipate this 13 mile trip will be about 5 hours. We will take breaks along the way. We will all work together for safety as we paddle down the river. There is a dam to portage around in Cementon. We will need you to help after the river trip is done. We will need drivers to take people back to get their vehicles up river at Lehigh Gap and people to stay with the boats until all vehicles are back from the starting location. There will be an optional post trip gathering that we hope you can attend. Some prior kayak experience is required. A valid PA launch permit is required for the Lehigh Gap ramp. The permit can be easily purchased on-line (1 year $10 or 2 year $18). Register with leader Rich Pace, co-leader Al Schwartz.

August 22, Tuesday, Brandywine River. Class 1. We will paddle the West Branch of the Brandywine, from Embreeville to Shaw's Bridge Park. This Chester County river is easy and interesting, but water may be low, so be prepared to get your feet wet. Esther Underhill, 610-827-7776, 484-716-9036 (cell for trip day), underwalt@aol.com.

August 26, Saturday, Delaware River Kayaking/Canoeing: Delaware Water Gap to Belvidere, Class 1+ Come join a fun paddle down the Delaware River. There will be some small rapids and some nice scenery along the way. You will need your own kayak or canoe for this river event. Rental boats are not available, as there is no outfitter involved. The leaders will coordinate with the shuttling of the kayaks and canoes. You must have a life vest (PFD) and I prefer you bring a whistle. Securely attached water shoes or sandals are required. Flip flops are not acceptable. Bring water and a moderate sized lunch. Expect this 13.5 mile trip to be an all day event. We will take breaks along the way. We will all work together for safety as we paddle down the river. We will need you to help after the river trip is done. We will need drivers to take people back to get their vehicles at the water gap and people to stay with the boats until all vehicles are back from the starting location. There will be an optional post trip gathering that we hope you can attend. Some prior kayak paddling is desirable. Meeting time is 9:30 am in Belvidere, NJ. Register with leader Rich Pace, co-leader Al Schwartz.

September 16, Saturday, Delaware River, Kingwood to Bulls Island Flatwater. This is a joint trip between the Churchville Nature Center and AMC. If you have a boat contact the leaders, if you need a tandem canoe contact CNC at 215-357-4005 to rent a canoe, pfd and paddle. Register with the leader, John Chalikian, 215-635-3516 (best time to call: before 9) chalikian@juno.com

September 23, Saturday, Sedge Islands, Little Bay,Marsh Elder & Spizzle Creek Trails, Class 1 Open bay saltwater paddle with shallow water, sand bars and salt marsh islands. We will follow the designated trails routes through the tidal salt marsh islands with a 1:42 pm high tide. Expect to see many birds including osprey, peregrine falcon, american oystercatchers, herons, sea gulls and more. We are meeting at the Winter Anchorage where we will drop off our boats and then park at Area 21 parking lot. Bring lunch and water. Heavy rain, thunderstorms or extreme wind will cancel. Park vehicle entrance fee is $5/NJ Resident and $10/Non-Resident. Registration and and directions. Leader Rich Pace.

October 8, Sunday,  Batsto River, Wharton State Forest, NJ. Enjoy a scenic fall paddle on the Batsto River in the heart of the New Jersey pine barrens. This winding and twisty river is mostly obstruction free and is a good trip for all levels. We will paddle past cedars, marsh and bogs on our way from Quaker Bridge to the take out at Batsto Lake. This trip is being run through an outfitter so that rentals will be available. The outfitter will bring us in to the put in and will pick us up at the end. Use your own canoe or kayak or rent one. The charge with a rental kayak and transportation will be $50. Rental canoes are $65 ($32.50 each paddler) and require previous experience with paddling a canoe. If you are bringing your own boat, the charge is $25 for a kayak or $32.50 for a canoe. These prices include sales tax and may drop if we get enough rentals for a group discount. Sorry, there is no private shuttle option. But I'll help coordinate a private shuttle for anybody who wants to set one up. You must register for this trip. All money will be collected the morning of the trip. Please bring cash. Registering on Meetup is preferred. The outfitter will provide transportation to the put in and will pick us up at the take out. For more details, please visit our Meetup page. Registering through Meetup is preferred but not required. The group size is limited. There will be an optional post paddle gathering. Rich Pace, e-mail

October 21, Saturday, Brandywine River paddle and Brandywine River Museum visit, Class 1. We will paddle this scenic Chester County river at the height of fall colors. At lunch we will spend time at the museum viewing the exhibits and than proceed down river to Thompson Bridge in Delaware. Afterward, everyone is invitedback to CNC's co-leader Barb Nesbitt's house in West Chester for a bread and soup get-together. This is a joint trip with Churchville Nature Center. They only have tandem canoes that can be rented. If you need a boat contact the center at 215-357-4005, Tue.-Sun. 10 to 5. AMC and CNC members/Non-members: $30/35, includes museum admission. If you have a boat contact the leader; John Chalikian, There will be a $12 fee collected at beginning of trip for museum ticket for those not renting from CNC. John Chalikian, 215-635-3516 (best time to call: before 9) chalikian@juno.com