Join us for a Black Friday paddle on the Great Egg Harbor River, from Weymouth Furnace to Lake Lenape, and avoid those long lines at the cash register. This stretch of the river is reasonably wide and is often free of obstructions. The river flows into Lake Lenape, which is generally quiet this time of year but can be a long paddle if the winds pick up. Boats 12 feet or longer are recommended due to the lake crossing.
We are meeting at the put in (Weymouth Furnace Park), and shuttling cars to the take-out (Lake Lenape Park), then depart from Weymouth Furnace Park. We will paddle downstream, stop for lunch somewhere, then continue downstream to our cars at the far end of Lake Lenape Park. After the paddle we will retrieve any cars left at the launch.
The total distance for the trip is about 7.3 miles, and should take about 3-4 hours.
The air and water temperature are both cold now, you must have appropriate cold weather paddling gear for this trip. There could be obstructions in the water, and you might need to get out of your boat to get over them. Dress for submersion, meaning either a wet suit, dry suit. You also must have (and wear) a PFD.
You should bring a lunch, water, a change of clothes in a dry bag, and the normal rescue gear (pump, sponge, whistle, etc). There is normally a porta-potty at Weymouth Park, and there are actual bathrooms and showers at Lake Lenape Park.
Weymouth Furnace Park is located on Route 559 (Weymouth Road) just north of Route 322. Lat/long is 39.518 -74.779.
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Trip cancellations due to thunder/high winds/flooding will be posted by 6:30am on the day of the paddle. Jim can be reached via cell phone at [masked].
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