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Skit Branch / Batsto Winter Paddle

  • Feb 2, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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Shake off the winter blues by coming out of hibernation and paddling a remote Pine Barrens river! The not-often-paddled Skit Branch is about as pretty as they come... yet unknown to most visitors. We'll paddle the Skit for about 4 miles to its confluence with the Batsto River and paddle another 5 miles to Quaker Bridge.

The beginning part of this trip is extra narrow and twisty, so use discretion about attending if you are a beginner. Dress for cold weather paddling and bring lunch. A change of clothes in a waterproof bag is absolutely essential. As always, a PFD must be worn for the duration of the trip.

The put-in is unmarked and can be difficult to find, so we'll meet at the Atsion ranger station. At 9:00 AM we’ll proceed to the put-in, unload and begin the shuttle. We paddle rain or shine, but hope for shine.

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  • Vicki S.

    It was a sunny day and we made good time. Great company.

    February 3, 2013

  • Tom K.

    Cold day on the water but the scenery was well worth it. The meadows on the skit branch were awesome!

    February 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Despite the brisk weather, we had a great paddle with lots of sun. Thanks all!

    February 2, 2013

  • Jason P.

    Do we have to worry about ice with the temperature being as low as 18F Saturday morning?

    February 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      No, the water moves too fast. I have never seen ice on this stretch other than on the banks.

      February 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Also, the exchange with the aquifer just beneath keeps ice from forming.

      February 1, 2013

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