Mullica River Canoe Camping, Class 1, Wharton State Forest

  • June 2, 2012 · 8:30 AM
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April 23rd - The rain we had on Sunday was a big relief. The river is now back to its usual flow for this time of year and it's still going up. If we get near normal rainfall for the next 6 weeks, the river will fine. Here is a link to the river gauge.

Once again, it's time for our annual Mullica River overnight trip. Please read this entire trip description before registering.

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 19th.  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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  • Rich P.

    Hey Folks, It was a great trip. Thanks for all the help with making this trip a success. It was a team effort with getting the boats through the obstacles, cooking dinner and breakfast and washing all those pots and dishes. I'm already thinking about next year. Rich

    June 7, 2012

  • B. S.

    Your seeingafterdark.com was awesome David! Thanks for sharing!

    June 7, 2012

  • David L.

    Venus transit pics

    http://www.seeingafterdark.com/­

    1 · June 6, 2012

  • David L.

    Btw, those who are interested in the beginners kayak training I was talking about on Sun June 10...

    http://www.pineypaddlers.com/si...­

    AND I did get pictures of the Venus transit
    Www.Seeingafterdark.com

    June 6, 2012

  • David L.

    I had an absolutely phenomenal time on this trip. Rich did a fantastic job of organizing the entire trip and provided great food. Everybody I kayaked with was just a pleasure to be with. Already looking forward to next year.

    1 · June 6, 2012

  • Cathy S.

    What an outstanding trip! Interesting waterway, great group of people! I'm already looking forward to next year. Thanks Rich for all your hard work and allowing me to come!

    June 4, 2012

  • Terry B

    Rich - GREAT activity; beautiful river with enough challenges to keep everyone 'on their toes'. I am happy that I did succumb to the peer pressure and jumped off the bridge! I had a terrific time; thanks for organizing.

    June 4, 2012

  • Lynn

    This is one of my all time favorite AMC events. As always, Rich organized a wonderful trip!

    June 4, 2012

  • Jason-Michael

    The river was VERY beautiful, the campsite was well-designed, with an outhouse and pumping station for water.

    June 4, 2012

  • jgencinc

    The obstacles in the water were not fun, but i'll be looking forward to this trip the next time it comes around.
    The people were great and we had a lot of fun.

    June 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This trip was totally AWESOME...Rich, thanks a lot for organizing this event. Sonia and I had a blast. I appreciate you going the extra mile and putting up with me as your canoeing partner. A special thank you to all my fellow canoeing buddies. I loved meeting each and everyone of you. Hope to see you all on future adventures.

    June 3, 2012

  • B. S.

    The Mullica River is just a gorgeous place and canoe & camping with everyone only made it that much better! Thanks again Rich for an awesome outing!

    June 3, 2012

  • John

    Rich, Danielle's friend cancelled, so it's just Danielle and myself coming. See you in the morning

    June 1, 2012

  • Rich P.

    we are usually back by 2-3 pm.

    June 1, 2012

  • jgencinc

    Do you have an idea of what time we'll be back to Adam's Canoe on Sunday?

    June 1, 2012

  • Rich P.

    John, I do have space. However, the partners for the canoes are even right now and I don't have another experienced partner for her. She would also need to get up to speed on preparation and packing. So call me to see if we can work it out.

    June 1, 2012

  • John

    Hey rich are there any more openings for the trip ? My girlfriend has a female friend who asked if she could go. She is inexperienced and would need to be partnered up with someone. So if you have someone who needs a canoe partner let me know

    June 1, 2012

  • Rich P.

    There is hardly any traffic that early on a Saturday morning. Yes, 2hrs is about right and what I expect from Frenchtown (with a pit stop at Wawa).

    June 1, 2012

  • B. S.

    Rich do you think there will be a lot to traffic that early in the morning getting down to Adams Canoe Rental??? How much time would you suggest to get there from where you & I live??? 2hrs enough???

    June 1, 2012

  • Rich P.

    John, A large tent is fine as long as it fits in your canoe. The campsite has lots of space. Yes, 8:30 am at Adams Canoe.

    May 31, 2012

  • John

    Hi rich, is it ok to bring a large tent or is space limited at the campground ? Also are we meeting at Adams canoe at 8:30 am?

    May 31, 2012

  • Rich P.

    John J. - thanks will be helpful
    John C. - Yes, all parking is at Adams Canoe.

    May 31, 2012

  • John

    Hi rich I'm bringing my own canoe , is there room to park my pickup truck and 12 ft trailer

    May 31, 2012

  • John J.

    Hey Rich, Like last year, I have my own canoe, but I will be bringing a partner whose name is Marshall. He also has some canoeing experience if you need to switch partners.

    May 31, 2012

  • Zakia

    Thank you Rich, maybe will join you next time...Have fun :)

    May 31, 2012

  • Rich P.

    Hi Zakia,
    A 5 year old is too young for this trip. Children should be at least 12 years old.
    Rich

    May 31, 2012

  • Zakia

    Hi, Are kids allowed on this trip? Will anyone bring their kids? I want to bring my 5 year old.

    May 31, 2012

  • Rich P.

    Hi Folks, I do have additional space and I will be working the roster to add more participants. If you can no longer attend, please change your RSVP to "not coming".
    Thanks.

    May 14, 2012

  • Jason-Michael

    Rich, are you taking just the 24 people on the YES RSVP list, or are you allowing some on the waiting list to attend as well (thus extending the group size)? I need to know ASAP to decide whether or not to change my RSVP.

    May 14, 2012

  • Rich P.

    Our access points are not subject to the new ramp permit and all cars will be parked at Adams Canoe.

    May 13, 2012

  • David L.

    NJ boating permits

    As of memorial day we need a launch permit or cars parked could be fined

    http://www.state.nj.us/dep/park...­

    May 13, 2012

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