Updated: September 4, 2018

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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 We do not publish meeting place and time.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 25, 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

May 13, Sunday, Crosswicks Creek, POSTPONED TO JUNE 10. Class 1 Come join a scenic out and back paddle through an extensive freshwater marsh going with the tidal current flow. High tide is at 2:20 pm. We plan paddle upstream as far as Groveville before turning back. If we have time, we may explore some of the Watson's Creek tributary. You must register for this trip. You will need your own kayak or canoe for this river event. Rental boats are not available. 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 trip to be an all day event. We will take breaks along the way. We will all work together for safety as we paddle up and down the river. We are meeting at the Bordentown beach 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 10:30 am in Bordentown, NJ. Contact leader Rich Pace for more details.

May 26, Saturday,  South Branch of the Raritan,  Kayaking/Canoeing: Raubsville to Frenchtown, Class 1 Moved from the Delaware ricer due to high water. The South Branch Raritan is a much smaller river that passes through the scenic countryside and farmland of Hunterdon County, NJ. We will paddle from Clinton to Darts Mill. There are some short areas of small rapids. But the majority of the trip will be flat. This trip is expected to be filled by the participants from the Delaware River trip and is already wait listed. But space may open up. We will need you to help after the river trip is done. We will need drivers to take people back to get their vehicles in Clinton and people to stay with the boats until all vehicles are back from the starting location. We are meeting at Darts Mill along route 523. There will be an optional post trip gathering that we hope you can attend. Some prior kayaking experience is desirable. Rich Pace, registration and more info.

May 26, Saturday, Delaware River Kayaking/Canoeing: Raubsville to Frenchtown,,Rescheduled from May 19. Class 1+ Delaware River Kayaking/Canoeing: 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. Rich Pace

June 9-10 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).

Participants age 13 and up are welcome, but in order to comply with PA State Youth Protection laws, all children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. Contact the leader if children 13 to 17 years old are planning to attend with an adult other than a parent.

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

June 10, Sunday, Crosswicks Creek, Class 1 Come join a scenic out and back paddle through an extensive freshwater marsh going with the tidal current flow. High tide is at 2:20 pm. We plan paddle upstream as far as Groveville before turning back. If we have time, we may explore some of the Watson's Creek tributary. You must register for this trip. You will need your own kayak or canoe for this river event. Rental boats are not available. 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 trip to be an all day event. We will take breaks along the way. We will all work together for safety as we paddle up and down the river. We are meeting at the Bordentown beach 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 10:30 am in Bordentown, NJ. Contact leader Rich Pace for more information.

June 17, Sunday, Oswego River Kayak Class 1, Wharton State Forest The Oswego rivers passes through a beautiful environment of forest, savanna marshes, bogs and tall stands of cedars. The flat and gentle flowing water includes many twisting turns. This trip is being run with an outfitter so that rental kayaks will be available. Use your own canoe or kayak or rent one. Kayak rental is $45. Canoe rental is $60 (shared price $30.00 each). There is a $25 transportation charge for each private boat. However, you may arrange your own shuttle to avoid this charge. Prices are likely to be lower based on a group rate and do not include tax. The outfitter will provide transportation to the put in and will pick us up at the take out. There will be a post trip gathering at Allen's Clam Bar in New Gretna. For more details, please visit our Meetup page. Registering through Meetup is preferred but not required. Rich Pace.

June 23, Saturday. Batsto River. Join us in the Pine Barrens for a twisty ride from Hampton Furnace to Quakerbridge (not the mall.)  This is a class I paddle. Because of the narrowness and twists some experience is helpful. This is a joint trip with CNC. If you need to rent a canoe contact Churchville Nature Center Tuesday to Sunday 10-5, 215-357-4005. CNC will honor AMC membership. Members/non-members $25/30. If you have your own boat contact leader John Chalikian. 215-635-3516, (best time to call: before 9), chalikian@juno.com. or co-leader Tammy Brandon txtrekker@aol.com. CNC members and renters: Meet at the center by 7:15AM for car-pooling, Departure by 7:30 AM.

July 1, Sunday,  Batsto River, Wharton State Forest, Class 1It's going to be too hot to hike. So come and enjoy a cool scenic 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. Leader: Rich Pace, e-mail.

July 14-15 (Sat - Sun) Solo Open Canoe Training. CANCELED 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 ferries, 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, underwalt@aol.com

July 15, Sunday, Schuylkill River. CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER. We will paddle the section from just south of Reading to Gibraltar, with opportunities to practice ferries, eddy turns and peel outs. Suitable for novice paddlers. Leader: Walt Underhill, underwalt@aol.com.

July 21 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 7/19. Eric Pavlak, 610-650-8926, eric@outings.org

July 22, Sunday, Delaware River Kayaking/Canoeing: Delaware Water Gap to Belvidere, CANCELED, 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 please 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 for food and beverage that we hope you can attend. Some prior kayak paddling is desirable. Meeting time is 9:30 am in Belvidere, NJ. Contact leaders: Rich Pace, Al Schwartz.

July 29, Sunday, Paddle on Merrill Creek Reservoir, Class 1. The Delaware and Lehigh rivers are going to be at unsafe levels for paddling this weekend. So lets paddle this on 650-acre reservoir. You will need your own kayak or canoe for this event. Rental boats are not available, as there is no outfitter involved. You must wear your PFD while on the water. There will be an optional post trip gathering for food and beverage that we hope you can attend. Some prior kayak paddling is desirable. NOTE: Kayaks must be at least 9 feet in length. Register with leader, Rich Pace.

August 4, Saturday, Great Egg Harbor  River. This is a short winding river in the pine barrens. We will meet at Palace Pizza and Outfitters (6024 Black Horse Pike (Rt 322), Mays Landing, NJ). They will shuttle us to the put- in ($15). We will then paddle downstream to their take-out. You can get information about rentals at www.palacerestaurantandoutfitters.com/, or call 609-625-8552. Leader: Esther Underhill, 610-827-7776, underwalt@aol.com, 267-615-1577 (cell for day of trip)

August 5, Sunday, Schuylkill River/Canal Loop. Class 1. We’ll take a leisurely, late afternoon 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. Leader: Esther Underhill, 610-827-7776, underwalt@aol.com, 267-615-1577 (cell for day of trip)

August 11, Saturday, 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, savanna grasses 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. You must register for this trip. All money will be collected the morning of the trip. Please bring cash. Registering on Meetup is preferred. Otherwise, contact the co-leader. 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. Leaders: Rich Pace, Mike Ahern.

August 19, Sunday 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 or safe 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). Registration on Meetup is preferred. Leaders: Rich Pace and Al Schwartz.

August 21, Tuesday, Brandywine River. Class 1. We will paddle the West Branch of the Brandywine, from Embreeville to Shaws Bridge Park. This Chester County river is easy and interesting, but water may be low, so be prepared to get your feet wet. Leader: Esther Underhill, 610-827-7776, underwalt@aol.com, 267-615-1577 (cell for day of trip).

August 25 Saturday, Cedar Creek. The Lehigh River trip has been replaced due to high water. We will be paddling Cedar Creek in the Jersey Pine Barrens, Ore Pond to the Trestles. This is a class 1 trip Leader: John Chalikian, Co-leaders c: txtrekker@aol.com and Walt Underhill. If you have your own boat contact Tammy. If you would like to rent a canoe contact Churchville Nature Center at 215-357-4005. CNC will honor AMC membership. Members/non-members $25/30.

September 3, Labor Day, Delaware River: Delaware Water Gap to Belvidere, Class 1+ Changed from September 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 please 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 for food and beverage that we hope you can attend. Some prior kayak paddling is desirable. Meeting time is 9:30 AM  in Belvidere, NJ. Registration on Meetup is preferred. Leaders Rich Pace, Al Schwartz.

September 9, Sunday, Delaware River Kayaking/Canoeing: Raubsville to Frenchtown, Class 1. Come join this 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. Leaders: Rich Pace, Al Schwartz.

September 15, 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 16, Sunday, Crosswicks Creek, Class 1 Join us on a scenic paddle on Crosswicks Creek from Groveville to the Delaware River in Bordentown. We'll start at high tide and let the current take us leisurely through the woodlands and into the marshlands. We'll meet up and drop our boats at the put-in, then shuttle some cars to the take-out before heading out. You will need to bring your own boat for this trip. We will stop somewhere along the river for a lunch break. You must register for this trip. All participants are required to sign the AMC liability release. Requirements (for your safety): You must wear your PFD while on the water. Wear old sneakers, water socks or some other form of closed toe foot protection. Flip-flops are not acceptable. Bring plenty of water and lunch. Suggestions (for your comfort): Wear a bathing suit or quick drying clothes suitable for getting wet. Bring sunscreen and insect repellent. Bring a dry bag or waterproof container for your personal belongings. Have a secure place to carry your car keys. Bring a hat and sunglasses. Have a set of dry clothes in your car so you can change for the ride home. Leader: Rich Pace, register with Mike Ahern.

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