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Canoeing & Kayaking

Pinelands Preservation Alliance's Pinelands Adventures program offers canoeing and kayaking on the Batso and Mullica Rivers and Atsion Lake as well as boat rentals for campers in Wharton State Forest.

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Pinelands Adventures is located at 1005 Atsion Road in Shamong, the former site ofAdams Canoe Rentals. Pinelands Adventures and provides paddling trips on the Batsto and Mullica Rivers.

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For more information contact Pinelands Adventures at 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 at Atsion. Very nice river with great spots to stop and picnic or cool off during the summer. 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. Pinelands Adventures also offers livery service for those who wish to bring their own canoes or kayaks.

Links: Map / Pine Barrens Canoe and Kayak Rentals

Links: Pine Barrens 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. Trip takes paddlers 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. Pinelands Adventures offers livery service for those who wish to bring their own canoes or kayaks. 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

Mullica River - Atsion to Pleasant Mills

Pinelands Adventures offers trips on the Mullica River. The put-in is right off of Rt. 206 across the street from Atsion Lake. This is a 7 to 8 hour day trip. Paddlers may also opt to camp at the Mullica campsite. Pinelands Adventures also offers livery service for those who wish to bring their own canoes or kayaks.

Links: 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 - Pine Barrens Canoeing and Kayaking, Hikes and History Tours
1005 Atsion Rd.
Shamong, 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

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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