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Not-Quite-Halloween on the Rancocas Creek (Sunday version)

Join us for our traditional Halloween trip on the Rancocas Creek, happening a few days before Halloween this year.  We are hoping for no early snow storms (2011) or hurricanes (2012) complicating the trip this year.  This is a 14 miles one-way trip from Burlington County College to Mount Holly that should take 4-7 hours, depending on water levels. This is an easy paddle suitable for all boat lengths (whitewater through sea kayak), water levels are currently low so you might rub gravel in a few places on the river, caution is recommended if you have a pristine composite boat. This paddle is suitable for novice paddlers who have the stamina to complete the trip.

We will meet at Iron Works Park in Mount Holly at 10:00am, with the goal of having a shuttle set up and being on the water by 11:00am. We will stop for lunch at Pemberton Dam, which is about 4 miles into the trip. This is a bring-your-own-lunch trip.

We will set up the shuttle the day of the paddle when we meet at the takeout. There are two portages along this route (one is short, the other is several hundred feet), so be prepared for them (shoes are recommended).

PFD's are required and must be worn. The weather is turning colder, please dress appropriately for cold weather paddling (no cotton, mutliple layers, etc). Bring a dry bag with a set of dry clothes, and bring it in the boat with you. With a longer trip like this you will be very cold and miserable if you fall in halfway through. This paddle will be held rain or shine but in case of extreme weather there will be a posting on the website by 7:00am the morning of the paddle.  If there are any questions then you can feel free to call me (Jason) at[masked]-7047.

A map of the Rancocas Creek Canoe Trail (which is the county name for the route we are following) can be found on the Burlington County Parks page here:

Google map of the takeout site:,-74.780341&hl=en&sll=39.990043,-74.780341&sspn=0.005885,0.008991&t=m&z=16

If you are using a GPS to find your way to the meeting location, the school next to the take-out is at 100 Wollner Drive Mt Holly, NJ 08060. Just drive past it and you should see the take-out on your right near the baseball fields.

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Paddling is an inherently dangerous sport. Information is provided with the understanding that the providers are not engaged in rendering advice on technical matters, equipment performance, safety, or any other aspect of the sport in absolute terms or advocating any of the techniques or experiences described.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    perfect day!! Thanks Jason

    October 28, 2013

  • Laurie P.

    Another wonderful day on the water with Jason. Thanks for great trip and creepy good cookies:)

    October 28, 2013

  • Mike F.

    Thanks for a great introduction to DVK. Really nice group, really nice trip. I hope to do another soon.

    October 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Typical paddle led by Jason. Beautiful weather, great people, super nice time. Thanks, Jason.

    October 27, 2013

  • Robert W

    Great day, Nice group of people,
    thanks to Jason for organizing.

    October 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    great day paddling,my favorite cookies of the year too...thanks Pimbles

    1 · October 27, 2013

  • Matthew H.

    sounds like fun, but just getting my kayak in a couple of hours and already have plans for the day. Next time I hope!!!

    October 26, 2013

  • Jason P.

    It's going to be cold on Sunday morning, in the low 50s when we launch and not going up much higher in the afternoon. Please remember to bring a change of warm clothes in a dry bag with you on the trip, and remember to wear layers of synthetic clothing (cotton stinks for cold paddles, it retains water and cold). If shivering down a river doesn't sound like a fun time to you, please update your RSVP to "no".

    October 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Let's see the chicken, or was it a hawk, or was it a turkey, or was it an eagle?

      October 24, 2013

    • Chris W

      I have given up on our group for wildlife identification but I will be properly attired for the cold weather.

      October 24, 2013

  • Donna J

    family obligations. enjoy the paddle

    October 24, 2013

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