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Pine Barrens Canoeing and Kayaking


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Canoeists and kayakers on the Batsto River.

Paddling Pine Barrens streams is one of the best ways to experience the Pinelands.  There are many streams to explore and several outfitters available to help you put together a great trip for you, your family and friends, or any group you want to bring along.

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Pinelands Preservation Alliance’s Pinelands Adventures offers 2, 4, 5 & 8 hour day trips on the Batsto and Mullica Rivers everyday from April through October (conditions permitting). Canoes, single kayaks and double kayaks are available or you can bring your own boat and let us handle the transportation.

Canoe and kayak rentals can be delivered to visitors staying at local campsites and cabins for use on Atsion Lake and Goshen Pond. Rental boats are also available for Atsion Lake Recreation Area on a limited basis.

You can also join Pinelands Adventures on a naturalist guided paddling trip, hike or small group bus tour to learn more about the region’s ecology, culture and history.

Pinelands Adventures is located at 1005 Atsion Road in Shamong, NJ 08088. For more information, visit www.PinelandsAdventures.org, email info@PinelandsAdventures.org or call 609-268-0189.

Trips Served by Pinelands Adventures:

Batsto River – Quaker Bridge to Batsto Village

The lower Batsto River from Quaker Bridge to Batsto Lake (near Batsto Village is a good trip for paddlers of all ability levels. However, changing river conditions can make it moderately challenging depending upon the paddler’s level of experience and physical condition. This trip takes about 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 Batsto, the river begins to widen before entering a wide shallow marshy area and lake.  Visit Pinelands Adventures for details on Batsto River canoeing and kayaking. 

Mullica River – Atsion to Locks Bridge to Pleasant Mills

Kayaking and canoeing is a truly incredible experience on the Mullica River. You’ll move through narrow passages surrounded by tall cedar stands, navigate the twists and turns before the rivers opens to wider areas fringed with beautiful white and yellow flowers of the water-lily and purple flowers of pickerel weed. Pinelands Adventures offers a variety of trips on the Mullica River. The launch sites are right off of Rt. 206 across the street from Atsion Lake, or downstream at Locks Bridge below the beaver dam, with take-outs at Locks Bridge or Pleasant Mills. Depending on the segment you choose, this is a 2 to 8 hour day trip, or an overnight camping trip if you choose to camp at the Mullica campsite. Visit Pinelands Adventures for details on Mullica River canoeing and kayaking.

Other Recommended Trips:

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

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

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
Rivers Served: Mullica and Batsto Rivers

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

Cedar Creek Campground Canoe and Kayak Rentals
1052 US Highway 9
Bayville, NJ 08721
Rivers Served: Cedar Creek, Double Trouble State Park

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

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

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

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

Wading Pines Camping Resort
85 Godfrey Bridge Road
Chatsworth, NJ 08019
Rivers Served: Wading River

Wells Mills County Park
905 Wells Mills Road
Waretown, NJ 08758
Rivers Served: Wells Mills Lake, Oyster Creek

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

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