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Mullica River Canoe Camping, Class 1, Wharton State Forest

  • Jun 1, 2013 · 8:30 AM
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Once again, it's time for our annual Mullica River overnight trip. Please read this entire trip description before registering.

NOTE: There have been some changes at the Mullica River Camp this year. The camp has been divided into ten campsites that are limited to six people each. There will also be a maximum number of tents that will be allowed on each site. I have reserved five sites and will need to know your tenting plans. So be sure to answer the questions when you RSVP.

Between Atsion and Pleasant Mills, the Mullica River winds its way through the heart of the New Jersey Pine Barrens in Wharton State Forest . Along the way, the river passes through many environments including cedar swamps, savanna marshes, bogs and forest.
On this is a 2 day canoe trip, the river will start out narrow, but will eventually widen out to about two canoe lengths wide. There will be many sharp turns as the river continually twists its way through the forest. We will pass some sandy beaches where we will stop for breaks. On Saturday night we will camp at  the Mullica River Wilderness Campground. At the campground there are pit toilets and there is water available. The campground is not accessible by motor vehicles.

EXPERIENCE:

You should have some prior experience handling a canoe before coming on this trip. Canoe training is offered at Beginner Tandem Canoe Training on Saturday, May 11th.  If you lack experience, we can also pair you up with an experienced stern paddler. Please state your experience level when you answer the questions.

MEALS:

This trip includes dinner and breakfast at the campsite. This makes the trip easier for everybody and you don't need to be concerned about a stove and food. Here is the menu as I see it. Participants are requested to send suggestions.

DINNER: Charcoal cooked hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers.
Spaghetti and tomato sauce. Salad. Coffee and Tea (ketchup, mustard, salad dressings grated cheese,  etc.)
EVENING: Snacks and marshmallows.
BREAKFAST: French toast, Bagels, Bacon, Fresh Brewed Coffee, Tea and OJ. (Butter, cream cheese, maple syrup, etc.)

You need to provide your own lunch for Saturday and Sunday along with any other beverages. (IE: soda and juice)

NOTE: Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in NJ state parks and forest!

COST:

The cost for this trip is $55 per person ($110 per tandem canoe) and includes the canoe rental. If you are using your own boat, the cost is $20 per person.
If you are coming alone, we will match you up with a paddling partner.
All participants will need to sign a liability release form for the DVAMC and Adams Canoe Rental if you are renting a canoe. Money will be collected the morning of the trip. Please bring cash. Adam's does not take credit cards. Deposits are not required or accepted.

The trip cost includes dinner, breakfast and camping.

USING A KAYAK:
The rental kayaks are not suitable for an overnight trip. There is no space for your gear and it would be extremely difficult to keep what you could carry dry. If you want to use your own kayak, you must be able to carry ALL your own gear. Touring kayaks with watertight compartments are usually the best for this. I will need to approve the use of your kayak.

DEER TICKS:

Yes, there are deer ticks in the Pine Barrens. Please take all recommended precautions and check yourself and others at the end of the day.

PHOTOS OF LAST YEAR'S TRIP


REQUIREMENTS:

You must wear your PFD while on the water. (The PFD will be provided for renters, however you may bring your own)
Wear old sneakers or some other form of foot protection
Bring water and lunch.

SUGGESTIONS:

Wear a bathing suit or quick drying clothes suitable for getting wet.
Bring sunscreen and insect repellent.
Bring a dry bag or waterproof container for your personal belongings.
Bring a lunch and snacks.
Have a secure place to carry your car keys.
Bring a hat and sunglasses.
Have a set of dry clothes in your car so you can change for the ride home.
Bring a cushion or stadium seat for in the canoe.
Bring a folding chair to use at the campground.

PACKING:

All your camping gear needs to be transported on the canoe. A list of what to bring will be provided. Instructions for packing your gear and keeping it dry will be provided.

REGISTERING:
You must register to go on this trip. More trip details and packing instructions will be sent to those who registered several weeks before the trip.
It is  preferred that you register for this trip on Meetup. Please answer the questions. If you have a partner for a tandem boat, you may add them as a guest. This is a kid friendly trip. But your child should be at least 12 years old. Please provide a name for all guests.
Money will be collected on Saturday morning, please bring cash.

Here are the possible answers for question 2, "Boat Arrangement"

A. Renting a canoe with a known partner. (who is your partner?)
B. Renting a canoe and need a partner.
C. Using your own canoe with a known partner. (who is your partner?)
D. Using your own canoe and need a partner.
E. Using a solo canoe.
F. Using your kayak. (make and style)

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  • Phil M.

    If your curious (like I was), I believe these are the spots for the put-in, overnight and take-out points in Google Maps. http://goo.gl/maps/5dJwB

    http://goo.gl/maps/SFrij

    http://goo.gl/maps/VDftF

    1 · June 3, 2013

    • Rich P.

      Hi Phil, Yes, these locations are correct. Thanks for posting them.

      June 6, 2013

  • Ron J

    Thanks Rich and Cathy for hooking us up with this trip had a great time.

    June 4, 2013

  • Suzie R

    Thanks Rich for organizing a terrific trip! And what a nice, interesting group! I'm really glad I got meet you all.

    June 4, 2013

  • Rich P.

    Wow, thanks folks! I enjoyed it all. (except for the hot weather) All of you made this trip worth running. The experience of paddling on the Mullica is both a pleasure and a challenge at times. Those two aspects make this a wonderful Jersey trip. I love all the great photos and I will be adding my own soon. Thanks for all the nice comments. I'll be sending the trip financial report soon.
    I'll be remembering this one for a long time.
    How about May 31-June 1 for 2014?
    Rich

    3 · June 3, 2013

  • mary

    Thanks again Rich! What a great weekend that was!

    1 · June 3, 2013

  • Joe T.

    Great weekend! Thanks, Rich.

    1 · June 3, 2013

  • B. S.

    So much fun & absolutely gorgeous! Just like a dream :)

    1 · June 3, 2013

    • B. S.

      Another awesome weekend at the Mullica with wonderful people and an fabulous leader!!!

      1 · June 3, 2013

  • Hazel

    The Mullica is such a beautiful engaging River, just like the people on the trip. Thanks Rich! Life is better because of generous people like you.

    3 · June 3, 2013

  • Cathy S

    my favorite trip! A tough mudder of kayaking.

    1 · June 3, 2013

  • Hil

    FANTASTIC, Great people, fun times, thanks Rich for organizing this

    1 · June 2, 2013

  • Lynn

    Awesome weekend with a lot of great people. The trip was well organized. Rich has it down to a science.

    2 · June 2, 2013

  • Phil M.

    Great trip, I was looking up on google maps where we were but somebody must have a GPS track? And really amazing planning Rich!

    1 · June 2, 2013

  • Terry B

    Great trip and super companionship - thanks all for a wonderful time. Rich, as always, well planned and executed. ..now I have to train for my next canoe trip - right paddle on right side and left paddle on left -- apparently I need to work on that!

    1 · June 2, 2013

  • Jason-Michael

    Loved this trip and bonding with friends, new and old!

    1 · June 2, 2013

  • Karen

    GREAT weekend in every way. Thanks south Rich for all of your work. It is a one-of-a-kind river and just beautiful. It was such fun to meet all of you.

    1 · June 2, 2013

  • Rich P.

    Jon Farquharson, I don't know if I'll reach you here. But Meetup is calling you unreachable by email. I wanted to give you a chance to join this trip. But between the Meetup issue and the unanswered questions, I didn't know how to proceed. Please make sure that Meetup has your working email. Rich

    May 31, 2013

  • Karen

    Ida- I will be coming down the NE extension of the the turnpike on Saturday AM. If there is a spot to meet on the turnpike we can shoot for that. I assume you don't have a boat. Let me know if you're interested and we can figure out details.

    May 30, 2013

    • Ida

      I was able to work out details with Ron but thank you for the offer. See you there :)

      May 31, 2013

    • Karen

      Ok. See you there.

      May 31, 2013

  • Terry B

    I plan on leaving Hackettstown at 6am if there is anyone interested in carpooling.

    May 31, 2013

  • Hazel

    I can take a passenger without a boat from Media if anyone is looking for a ride.

    May 30, 2013

    • Hazel

      please send me a number where I can reach you today and we can sort out the details...or call me[masked]

      May 31, 2013

    • Phil M.

      Cell[masked] (preferred) or work[masked]

      May 31, 2013

  • Rich P.

    I had a last minute cancellation. I may be able to add two more canoe participants. So please RSVP to the wait list if you still want to join this trip. Note that I'm only accepting canoe paddlers and you must have answered the questions when you RSVP.

    1 · May 30, 2013

  • Ida

    Anyone want to carpool from North Wales/Lansdale/Ft. Washington area?

    May 30, 2013

  • Rich P.

    Folks, The weekend is looking great. I have a few openings that I will be filling from the wait list. I'm maxed out on kayaks and will only be allowing canoe paddlers on at this point. If you didn't answer the questions, then get back to me on your boat arrangement or I won't be able to add you.

    May 28, 2013

  • Sonja

    Sorry, Relay For Life is that same weekend.

    May 15, 2013

  • Jude

    Just realized I have to attend a wedding June 1. More people should elope.

    2 · May 9, 2013

  • Robin

    AMC member

    May 9, 2013

  • Rich P.

    We are now less than 4 weeks from the Mullica trip. I'm actively working the roster. I had some drops and was able to add folks from the wait list. Please keep your RSVP up to date. More trip details will be sent in the coming weeks.
    Rich

    May 6, 2013

  • John

    Yes

    April 25, 2013

  • Jason-Michael

    This will be a lot of fun!

    April 20, 2013

  • Kathy K.

    I may see if a family member is interested. Do you think you will have room for two more?

    April 14, 2013

  • Elan

    Cant wait......well I can, just don't wanta

    April 8, 2013

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