Canoe with Hunterdon County Parks Celebrating our 40th Year!

Margaret Conroy

We must be doing something right, 2017 is our 40th year of canoeing Hunterdon’s Waterways! Canoeing is a fun, relaxing way to de-stress and exercise. Spend a day enjoying nature.  All you have to do is bring water, lunch, and a smile, we will do the rest.  We supply the canoes, kayaks, lifejackets, gear, training, and transportation.  Our experienced leaders teach the ways of the currents and eddies and how to paddle mankind’s oldest craft, with a few new tricks.  Unless stated otherwise, all trips are suitable for ages 8 through adults (children must be accompanied by an adult.)

Why not register and meet us at the scenic Clinton Pond on April 8?  We will paddle past the lily pads, under the road bridge, past the historic Red Mill, up to the spillway of the Spruce Run Reservoir, and back.  Great for children ages six and up (with an adult), senior citizens, beginners, folks with special needs (please inform us in advance), or those with a hankering to take a leisurely paddle and commune with nature. We are offering two time slots, 9:00 -11:00 am or 12:00 – 2:00pm for $25.00. Register the family or a get a group of friends together. Enjoy canoeing and then lunch in downtown Clinton.

What better way to end the week than with a paddle around Round Valley Reservoir just before sunset? We will meet at the boat lunch on Friday evenings, June 16 or July 14, from 6:00-8:00pm. Ages 8 & up are welcome (with an adult).  The fee is $25.00pp. So why not treat yourself to a leisurely paddle where the view is always spectacular? Bring a flashlight and a jacket: it can get much cooler by the water after sunset. Be sure to register early these will fill quickly.

We will also be offering river day trips starting April 22 through October 21. It is best to register by the Wednesday before the trip. We will meet at the Arboretum and leave at

8:15 am to about 3:30pm. Ages 8 through adults are welcome, the fee is $35pp.

Your leaders will fit you with a lifejacket and paddle, drive to the river, where they will discuss maneuvering techniques and canoe safety.  They will guide you down the river, paddling for about two hours, and stop for lunch, and paddle for about two more hours. Our aim is to return to the Arboretum by 3:30 PM, give or take an hour.

Please note: Due to water levels or other circumstances beyond our control, leaders may choose an alternative river.  If we cancel the trip for any reason, we will call you, but our trips run rain or shine!  Dress in layers to adjust to changing temperatures.

We are happy to tailor a canoe trip to the needs of your group, school, club, charity, or service organization.  A pond paddle makes a great birthday party!

If you would like to assist us with our canoe program or to be added to our canoe email list, contact Patrick Eckard at peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

Registration is required; download a form from our websitewww.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/ProgramRegistrationForms.html

For complete information and dates visit www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/harbinger.html

Or call us at (9080 782-1158.