Updated: June 28, 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 We do not publish meeting place and time.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.

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 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

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 22, 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. Esther Underhill, 610-827-7776, 484-716-9036 (cell for trip day), underwalt@aol.com.

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

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