Annual New's Year Day Paddle

THIS HAS BECOME A DRY SUIT ONLY PADDLE DUE TO COLD WATER AND AIR TEMPERATURES.  PLEASE ADJUST YOUR RSVP ACCORDINGLY.

This has become a tradition with DVK.  Meeting Location: We will meet at Bull's Island Boat launch (which is just north of Bull's Island Campground- the directions may take you to the park office, the boat launch is a few hundred yards north of the park office) and is where we will finish the paddle

Launch Location:We will launch from a private boat launch just south of Upper Black Eddy Estimated Duration/Milage: this paddle is just over 11.5 miles and should take about 3-4 hours
Shuttle Required?: yes, we will meet at the take-out and move as many boats to as few cars as possible
Skill Level: I would recommend beginner plus, this paddle does have class I rapids with swift moving water

Boat Types/Lengths: no boats under 12 feet
Cancellation Info:wind or heavy snow will cancel

Contact Number: Jim's cell phone: [masked]


Fees or Permits Needed: There is a five dollar per car parking fee  and three dollars per boat if the private launch is available, otherwise , as a back-up only, a PA launch sticker is needed if we launch from Upper Black Eddy Park

Special Equipment Needed: Cold weather gear is mandatory.  I dry suit is required for combined water + air temps under ninety degrees. As usual, pfd required, and due to size of the river would recommend having bilge pump and/or paddle float in case of emergency.

Food: We will be stopping at an island around the mid-point of the paddle for lunch/snacks so bring something to eat and plenty to drink


Loaner/Rentals Available: there are no rentals available that I know of


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  • Sheldon Linn

    Good news. The replacement mirror for the Jeep is only $55. It coulda been worse!

    January 2, 2013

    • Sheldon Linn

      Yup. Two SUVs really don't fit onto that bridge. Both mirrors hit. Fortunately only the glass broke, everything else was intact .

      1 · January 2, 2013

    • Stuart Jay

      Sorry to hear that. I dislike driving over those bridges. Thankfully it wasn't worse.

      January 2, 2013

  • jeremiah

    looks like you guys had a good time, i wish i could have been there. happy new years

    January 2, 2013

  • Jim

    Thanks everyone for helping me start off 2013 with good times on the river.

    1 · January 2, 2013

  • Sheldon Linn

    Good times and a great start to the new year.

    2 · January 2, 2013

  • Stuart Jay

    Had a great time with a dedicated group

    1 · January 1, 2013

  • Sheldon Linn

    Everyone ought to bring something warm to drink and something for after the paddle. See ya there.

    December 31, 2012

  • Jason P.

    According to the Trenton gauge the Delaware River water temperature the past 24 hours ranged from about 32.5F to 34F. Remember to have the proper gear for the trip (kayaking dry suit, and PFD). To remind yourself that you really don't want to go for a swim here is the link to the Cold Water Boot Camp video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...­

    December 31, 2012

  • jeremiah

    is any one paddling a fiber glass kayak on this trip?

    December 31, 2012

    • Jim

      Be forwarned that there are some slight rapids/riffles and hitting hidden rocks is a definite likelihood. At this water level this may be less of an issue, but someone on this trip last summer with lower water levels was unhappy to have a wooden boat.

      December 31, 2012

  • chrisnast

    Happy New Year, am on call and won't be able to paddle. Looking forward to more time with the group in the coming year. Be safe

    December 31, 2012

  • Jim

    Please note that the take out (where we are meeting) is up-river of the campground at the boat launch. So Andrew is right, we will be off the river before the wing dam.

    December 31, 2012

  • Larry Lukin

    Anyone know how that dam looks just below Lambertville? Water level going to be okay for us to get over it?

    December 31, 2012

  • Denise D

    Well, my boat and gear are not completely up to snuff (yet) but I am getting there. Everyone have a great, pleasant and safe paddle. Happy New Year.

    December 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    am pleasantly shocked that you have enough people who've shelled out all those big $$ for dry suits (i certainly won't) to make this a go ! More power to ya !

    October 28, 2012

    • Jim

      Jeremiah- we are launching from a private launch (hence the $5/car and $3/boat fee) so no PA sticker needed and there is no NJ sticker required from Labor Day to Memorial Day.

      December 24, 2012

    • jeremiah

      thanks jim

      December 24, 2012

  • David W.

    Jim here is an address for the Byram Boat Launch
    2265 Daniel Bray Highway, Stockton, NJ 08559.

    December 5, 2012

  • Mark Eson

    Looking forward to a crisp wintry paddle followed up with a bowl of warm soup.

    October 28, 2012

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