Full Moon Paddle: Sunset 7:02, moon rise 6:23. Tide is high at 8:20 PM. Launch 6:15 PM from Jeffers Landing beach into the open tidal area of the Great Egg Harbor River.
Anticipate heading up-river into the setting Sun possibly to English Creek, returning down river with the rising moon. Total distance approx 4.5 miles. Duration about 2.5 hours.
This is a low intensity open water paddle. Although conditions are normally benign, Paddles should be comfortable with small wind driven waves, have bracing and maneuvering skills, as well as being familiar with assisted or self rescue techniques - just in case. PFD's, flashlights, locator lights required. Recommend sit in yaks 12' and longer - shorter boats and sit on tops will have difficulty keeping up with longer touring type kayaks. The salt marsh and tidal river are mystifying at sunset and very disorienting at night...Plan to stay with the group.
Directions: From the Mays Landing-Somers Point Rd/Jeffers Landing Rd. intersection, go south on Jeffers Landing Rd approx 1.4 miles. Just before the silted in remains of Jeffers Landing Marina at 219 Jeffers Landing Rd is the sand beach launch site. Unload boats & gear on the beach/boat ramp area, park across the street.
Reminder - this is a residential area, please respect the borders and quiet the neighbors enjoy - don't wear out our welcome.
Big Dogs - Usually there are a few big (intimidating) dogs that roam free in this area. So far they have been very friendly - I usually have treats ready (for the dogs - but will share with hungry kayakers).
Go/No Go - If the weather is questionable, I will try to post a go/no go decision on this site about 5 PM launch day. Questions about conditions prior to launch - call the Shack at[masked] or my cell at[masked]-7611.