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Canoeing & Kayaking

Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA) has launched Pinelands Adventures, a new paddling and outdoor exploration service scheduled to open in late April 2015. PPA’s goal is to provide fun, informative nature experiences that bring people to love the Pinelands as much as we do.

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Pinelands Adventures is located at 1005 Atsion Road in Shamong, the former site ofAdams Canoe Rentals. Pinelands Adventures will provide paddling trips on the Batsto and Mullica Rivers, as well as hikes and other land-based expeditions throughout the Pine Barrens.

Program offerings will include guided paddles and hikes, unguided canoe and kayak livery services, and all sorts of nature and history programs for families, individuals, schools and community groups.

Generations of people have learned to love the Pine Barrens by canoeing, kayaking and camping using the Adams livery service. We will build on that legacy of responsible, low-impact recreation and learning.

Link to sign up for email and news about the opening:

Also, connect with Pinelands Adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information contact Rob Ferber, Director of Pinelands Adventures by email or by phone 609-268-0189.

A Couple of Recommended Trips to Be Served by Pinelands Adventures:

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 Pinelands Adventures in Atsion. 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 and Kayak Rentals

Mullica River - Mullica Campground to Pleasant Mills

This is probably the most popular day trip on the Mullica River and can be done in about 3 to 5 hours depending on skill level and number of stops. For a complete description of paddling along this stretch see this story on

Links: Canoe & Kayak Rentals

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-hour trip and sore arms. If you are going without help, 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. Pinelands Adventures makes this trip easy and helps you avoid ferrying cars.

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

Pinelands Adventures
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
Batsto, Mullica, Wading, Oswego Rivers

Cedar Creek Campground Canoe and Kayak Rentals
1052 US Highway 9
Bayville, NJ 08721
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
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

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

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
Wading River

Wells Mills County Park

905 Wells Mills Road
Waretown, NJ 08758
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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