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Canoeing & Kayaking

Tea-colored rivers and streams offer a variety of canoeing and kayaking options for all skill levels as well as a refreshing summertime swim.

Image of Canoers and kayakers explore the Wading River.Canoers and kayakers explore the Wading River. © Bob Birdsall

Recommended Trips

Batsto River - Hampton Furnace to Quaker Bridge

Image of Kayakers explore the upper Batsto River.[+ ZOOM] Kayakers explore the upper Batsto River. © Kevin Sparkman

This is one of the lesser traveled stretches on the upper Batsto River. The put-in is at Hampton Furnace on the west side of the bridge that crosses the river. The take-out is at Quaker Bridge. In low water conditions, kayaking is recommended. Trip takes kayakers through a variety of habitats and will last between 4 to 5 hours depending on pace, skill level and stops. Most canoers and kayakers explore the Batsto River from Quaker Bridge to Batsto Village. The truly adventurous can do the entire stretch from Hampton Furnace to Batsto, but plan on a 7 to 10 hour trip and sore arms. To get started, ferry car to Quaker Bridge by entering from Rt. 206 at Atsion Ranger Station on Quaker Bridge Road. This will take about 15 minutes both ways. From Quaker Bridge road turn north on Rt. 206 and travel one-tenth of a mile or just north of ranger station and turn right into the woods on Hampton Road and drive about 10 to 15 minutes to the Hampton Furnace ruins. These are all dirt and sand roads; conditions will vary depending on weather and maintenance. Links: Map / Canoe-Kayak Rental

 

Batsto River - Quaker Bridge to Batsto Village

Image of Kayaking during a low water period on the lower Batsto River.[+ ZOOM] Kayaking during a low water period on the lower Batsto River. © Kevin Sparkman

The lower Batsto River from Quaker Bridge to the lake at Batsto Village is a good paddle for all levels. This trip takes about 3 to 4 hours depending on speed and skill level. Like many of the Pine Barrens rivers, it's twisting course reveals surprises around each corner. Sharp turns combined with the current can make it challenging and fun. Good for canoeing as well as kayaking. The river is served by Adams Canoe Rental in Atsion, so it can get a little crowded sometimes with Scouts and other groups during the summer. Very nice river with great swimming holes. As you get closer to Basto, the river begins to widen before entering a wide shallow marshy area and lake, sometimes challenging during dry months.
Links: Map / Canoe-Kayak Rental

Other Recommended Trips:

Cedar Creek from Ore Pond Canoe Access to the railroad trestle take-out – about 4 hours

  • NOTE: As of June 2014 some parking areas to access Cedar Creek have been closed. For more information see the state's website here.


Great Egg Harbor River from Penny Pot to Weymouth – about 3 hours


Mullica River from Atsion to Pleasant Mills – one long day or two days with camping at Mullica Camp


Rancocas River from Pemberton Borough to Mount Holly – about 3-4 hours


Wading River from Hawkins Bridge to Evans Bridge - about 3 hours

Canoe and kayak rentals in the Pinelands

Adams Canoe Rental
1005 Atsion Rd.
Vincentown, NJ 08088
(609) 268-0189
Mullica and Batsto Rivers

Al & Sam’s Canoe and Boat Rentals
2626 West Weymouth Road
Newfield, NJ 08344
(856) 692-8440
Maurice River

Bel Haven Canoes, Kayaks & Tubes
1227 Route 542
Green Bank, NJ 08215
(609) 965-2205
1-800-445-0953
Batsto, Mullica, Wading, Oswego Rivers

Cedar Creek Campground Canoe and Kayak Rentals
1052 US Highway 9
Bayville, NJ 08721
732-269-1413
Cedar Creek, Double Trouble State Park

Clark’s Canoe Rental
201 Hanover St.
Pemberton, NJ 08068
(609) 894-4448
Rancocas Creek

Freekin Creekin Canoe & Kayak Rentals
856 Route 9
Bayville, NJ 08721
732-664-2838
Cedar Creek

Forked River Outdoor Group
1523 Pershing Avenue
Forked River, NJ 08731
(609) 290-5928

Great Egg Harbor River
Paradise Lakes Campground
P.O. Box 46, Route 206
Hammonton, NJ 08037
(609) 561-7095
Paradise Lake

Katabasis
PO Box 306
New Gretna, NJ 08224-0306
(609) 296-9510

Mick's Pine Barrens Canoe & Kayak Rental
3107 Route 563 (Jenkins)
Chatsworth, NJ 08019
(609) 726-1380
In NJ/PA (800) 281-1380
Oswego, Wading Rivers, Oswego, Harrisville Lakes

Mullica River Boat Basin
1118 Route 542
Egg Harbor, NJ 08215
(609) 965-2120
Mullica, Batsto, Wading, Oswego Rivers

New Jersey Kayak
490 East Bay
Barnegat, NJ 08005
(609) 698-4440
Barnegat Bay, Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

Palace Outfitters
6924 Black Horse Pike
Mays Landing, NJ 08330-3951
(609) 625-8552

RJ Toad’s
121 Coville Drive
Browns Mills, NJ 08015-3735
(609) 735-2369
Rancocas Creek, Cedar Creek, Batsto, Mullica

The Paddle Shack
5045 Somers Point Road
Mays Landing, NJ 08330-1695
(609) 909- 5250
Egg Harbor River, Lake Lenape

Triple T Canoes
1800 Double Trouble Road
Beachwood, NJ 08722
(732) 349-9510
Cedar Creek

Wading Pines Camping Resort
85 Godfrey Bridge Road
Chatsworth, NJ 08019
888-726-1313
Wading River

Wells Mills County Park

905 Wells Mills Road
Waretown, NJ 08758
609-971-3085
Wells Mills Lake, Oyster Creek

Winding River Campground
6752 Weymouth Rd.
Mays Landing, NJ 08330
(609) 625-3191
Great Egg Harbor, Lake Lenape

Pinelands Paddling Odyssey (NJ Monthly article)

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