Mullica River Canoe Camping, Class 1, Wharton State Forest

  • May 31, 2014 · 8:30 AM
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Once again, it's time for our annual Mullica River Canoe Camping trip. Please read this entire trip description before registering.

NOTE: This Meetup page is for registering canoes only! Please go to the kayak sign up page to register a personal kayak.

NOTE: There have more changes at the Mullica River Camp this year. We have reserved five campsites that have tent and person limits. I 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 17th.  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 $25 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. Please register using the kayak Meetup page.

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.


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  • Jason-Michael

    Rich Pace, thank you for another wonderful canoe/camping trip! It was an awesome weekend, until the last 1/4 mile, when my canoe got flipped over and I had to be rescued to shore. That sucks! I loved the people in the group (a very lively group it was), I loved the food, and I loved the organization and detailed-planning you took to make this trip possible. Thank you again! I look forward to next year's trip.

    On a side note: I am sorry that you lost your pots and pans due to Ida's and my canoe getting flipped over. I am more than willing to help pay for the cost of the lost equipment. Just let me know how much ($$) was lost and I can write you out a check. Thank you again for organizing this wonderful trip!

    Jason-Michael "Jamal"

    June 3, 2014

  • Lynn

    ..as I said in my email Rich, please hang on to my campsite fee to help offset the purchase of new camping equipment.

    June 2, 2014

  • Steve C.

    Rich,
    thanks for another great trip. And it was a great group.
    I'm also willing to contribute for the "sunken treasure".

    June 2, 2014

  • Terry B

    I am more than willing to contribute to the replacement of lost gear. I can probably get at cost -- Rich let me know and I will price for you.

    June 2, 2014

  • Dieter L.

    I understand Rich may have lost some gear from one of the canoes near the end of our trip? If true, I suggest we all chip in $5 or $10 each to replace it, what do you say?

    June 2, 2014

  • Ida

    As fabulous a trip as ever! Thanks everyone for a wonderful weekend. And you Rich for making it all happen! So sorry about the pots and pans :( I promise I'll make it up to you somehow: a winning lottery ticket, my firstborn, or maybe I'll do some scuba diving in the Mullica and rescue my crap... I'll figure it out :-)

    1 · June 2, 2014

  • mary

    Another great trip!

    June 2, 2014

  • mark l.

    Aways a great outing. Thanks Rich.

    June 2, 2014

  • Rich P.

    Wow, what a fabulous weekend with a great group! Perfect weather and water. Getting lots of help what a plus. This is the one Mullica trip that will stand out in my memory for a long time as one of the best. I hope to see you all again.

    June 1, 2014

  • John J.

    I would like to say to everyone that you are involved with one of the best group leaders I've ever had the pleasure of interacting with, Rich Pace is an incredible organizer who goes so far beyond the realm of efficiency, it's impossible to put into words. All I can say, is enjoy the trip, and take advantage of the opportunity to share this experience with him. THANK YOU RICH. You truly are the best !!!

    5 · May 11, 2014

    • Inigo

      AMEN. You got that right. (Except... this early bird has SOOOO many worms, it's uncanny.!) :D

      May 30, 2014

  • Jason-Michael

    Ginger, you might want to update your RSVP as to not confuse Rich's head count. Just saying.

    May 29, 2014

  • Ginger P.

    Rich I really sorry but I need to drop from the trip this weekend. A family emergency came up. Looks like it will be beautiful weather!

    1 · May 29, 2014

    • Rich P.

      Sorry to hear the Ginger.

      May 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I apologize for the late drop. Enjoy.

    1 · May 27, 2014

    • Rich P.

      No problem Jessica. Come paddle with us another time.

      1 · May 27, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks :)

      May 27, 2014

  • Ginger P.

    If you are working on the number of tents, Tracy Walker and I are willing to share a tent

    1 · May 27, 2014

    • Rich P.

      Thanks Ginger. Tracey already said that she would share a tent when she answered the questions.

      1 · May 27, 2014

  • Jude

    Rich, a family conflict just came up, I have been trying so hard to make this trip. I hope you all have a wonderful time.

    1 · May 22, 2014

    • Rich P.

      Sorry to have you drop. I'll see you on another trip.

      May 22, 2014

    • Jason-Michael

      Hey Jude, don't make it bad, take a sad song and make it better! Remember to let them (family) into your heart, then you can start to make it better!

      2 · May 22, 2014

  • Imma

    if possible would like to carpool. I live in Metuchen (Central NJ)

    April 17, 2014

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