Recreation

With service to all segments of the paddling public, ACA promotes the health benefits of paddling and plays an active role in local and national recreation, events and competition.

The popularity of canoeing, kayaking and rafting is growing rapidly, with new paddlers entering the sport at varied levels. ACA serves them all.

Members of the Delaware Valley Division of the ACA have played an important role in the development of water trails in our region including the Delaware River Water Trail and the Tidal Delaware Water Trail.

Lehigh River

Upper Delaware Paddle and Camp: May 1-3, 2009

On Friday afternoon many current and future ACA paddlers arrived at Lander’s campground in Narrowsburg, New York to set up tents and trailers for the weekend. The forecast for occasional showers all weekend didn't materialize and campers were treated to sunny weather and a nice evening. Some people went out for dinner, others just hung out in camp, and a few people went to a celebration on the Narrowsburg Bridge. The celebration was for the announcement that the New York Regional Interconnect withdrew its plan to build an electric transmission line along the Upper Delaware River. Shortly after all had headed to their tents for the night a freight train rumbled by only to be followed by strong winds and rain later at night.

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Paddling the Tidal Delaware River

Produced by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, the Tidal Delaware Water Trail maps are a great read and they can be downloaded and studied for free. The overall quality of this web based resource for both paddlers and power boaters is excellent.

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Paulinskill RIver

This trip on the Paulinskill River was on the first Sunday in January 2008. The forecast was for temperatures in the 40's but I doubt it made it out of the 30's. Five of us put-in just north of Stillwater. We managed to find our way through the log jams shortly after we launched. Lunch was on a nice grassy bank in the sun and warmth. We took our time paddling down through the rapids between Marksboro and Blairstown. Because of snow and ice where we normal park for the takeout, we decided to paddle another 2 miles down to Lambert Road. We managed to get off the water before dark, but had to switch boats at the put-in in the dark.

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Musconetcong River

The Musconetcong River flows out of Lake Hopcatcong in Northern New Jersey toward the southwest and enters the Delaware River just below Riegelsville, NJ. Typical paddling trips are from Beattystown to Hampton and Hampton to Bloomsbury. The upper trip has somewhat faster moving water and a several class I+ sections. The lower trip is mostly class I. The river is usually high enough from Fall to Spring several days after a good rain. During the month of November water released from Lake Hopatcong helps to maintain a good flow.

Here are some photos from a trip in December 2007 on the Beattystown to Hampton section.

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