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Check out these 5 kayaking spots to paddle through during your morning meeting (although we can’t vouch for the cell reception).

 

Mullica River

A trip from Atsion to Pleasant Mills takes at least 7 hours, so make sure you’ve packed food and supplies. If you aren’t an experienced kayaker, this may not be the trip for you. If you are, you’ll glide along the southern coast of Wharton State Forest, and you can also camp at the Mullica campsite.

 

Great Egg Harbor River

The Great Egg Harbor River is one of the longest in SJ, stretching 55 miles all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. Atlantic County Park at Weymouth Furnace in Hamilton Township is a great spot to start your ride – it’s also the site of an historic paper mill and iron furnace dating back to the 1800s.

 

Rancocas Creek

This waterway has a long history of paddlers as Native Americans and European settlers rowed through the creek centuries ago. Today, it’s an 8-mile stretch of water that gives you the opportunity to see lots of native wildlife along its banks.

 

Maurice River

The Maurice River is home to SJ’s only “wild river,” which means part of it – 35.4 acres – is preserved by the National Park Service and has been relatively untouched since 1993. Drop your canoe at Almond Road, just off Route 55 in Vineland.

 

Menantico Ponds Wildlife Management Area

The highlight of this nearly 300-acre area in Millville is the freshwater ponds, which resulted from sand mining. (In the ’50s, the area was a large-scale commercial sand mine.) If you plan on fishing, you must obtain a license.

 

Hammonton Lake

The beauty of the Pine Barrens can be seen on Hammonton Lake, nestled in the middle of the woodsy region. Look for birds like the red-winged blackbird, house wren and Baltimore oriole.

 

Riverwinds Park

Paddling around the river in the morning is the best way to catch a glimpse of a blue heron or a river otter on the sand banks. There’s parking marked for kayakers at the end of Riverwinds Drive in West Deptford.

August 2020
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