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Feb 14 (Fri): A Sweet Hike on Valentine’s Day (Burlington Co).  10am. 4 - 5 miles, easy pace at Historic Smithville Park in Vincentown, NJ. The Park features a diverse collection of habitats and terrain and also offers Rancocas Creek vistas. Meet at the Smith’s Woods access parking lot, East Railroad Ave.   Option for lunch at Vincentown Diner after the hike.  Leashed dogs are welcome. Leaders: George & Leona F 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)

 

Feb 16 (Sun): President’s Day Weekend Hike at Allaire State Park (Monmouth Co).  10am. 5 miles, easy pace.  George Washington’s birthday will be celebrated by volunteers in grand style at this Historic Village.  After the hike, option to tour the village buildings and shop at the Allaire General Store.  Bring or buy lunch.  Meet in the Village parking lot. Leased dogs are welcome. Inclement weather cancels. Leaders: George & Leona F, Leona@pineypaddlers.com or 609-259-3734  (W)

 

Feb 22 (Sat): A Special Guided Hike at Merrill Creek Reservoir (Warren Co).  10am. 5 miles, easy pace. Join us for a very special guided hike with Jane Bullis, Merrill Creek Reservoir Naturalist.  Merrill Creek Reservoir is a 650-acre reservoir surrounded by a 290-acre Environmental Preserve and 2000 additional acres of woods and fields. The reservoir is home to tens of thousands of Snow Geese during the migration season. There are resident Bald Eagles and in the past a Snowy Owl wintered there. Bring lunch and beverage. Meet at the MCR Visitors Center.  Directions www.merrillcreek.com/  Inclement weather cancels. Leaders: George & Leona F, 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com  (W)

 

Feb 23 (Sun): Canoe/Kayak the Great Egg Harbor River (Atlantic Co).  10am. We’re paddling from Penny Pot to Weymouth Furnace. Meet at Harley Dawn Diner, Black Horse Pike/Rte 322. Arrive early for breakfast!!  Experienced winter Pines paddlers only.  Contact leaders to confirm trip and participation. George & Leona F, 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)

 

Feb 26 (Wed): Clayton Park Hike (Monmouth Co).  10am. 4 - 5 miles, easy pace on woods trails with some elevation.  This rustic 421-acre site in Central New Jersey is located amidst the rolling farmland of western Monmouth County.  For directions: www.monmouthcountyparks.com/page.aspx?Id=2517  Leashed dogs are welcome!  Option for lunch at La Piazza, Allentown, NJ.   Inclement weather cancels. Leaders: Leona and George F.  609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com  (W)

 

Mar 1 (Sat): National Peanut Butter Day Hike at Perrineville Lake Park (Monmouth Co).  10am. 4 miles, easy pace.  Leashed dogs are welcome! Beautiful woodlands, natural fields and a picturesque lake meet here in the heart of quiet Millstone. Bring water; leaders will have Peanut Butter snacks. Meet at 23 Agress Rd, Millstone, NJ parking lot.  Leashed dogs are welcome.  Option, lunch at Albivi Restaurant.  Inclement weather cancels. Leaders: Leona and George F.  609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com  (W)

 

Mar 9 (Sun): Hike at Turkey Swamp Park (Monmouth Co).  10am. 5 miles, easy pace.  This is our 5th annual Daylight Savings Time hike at Turkey Swamp Park. Park information and directions:  www.monmouthcountyparks.com/  Turn into the Main Entrance - 200 Georgia Road, Freehold - drive to the Oak Point picnic area parking lot.  Bring lunch and beverage. Leashed dogs are welcome!  Rain cancels. Leaders: Leona and George F.  609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com  (W)

 

Mar 12 (Wed): Canoe/Kayak Crosswicks Creek/ Abbott Marshlands (Burlington/Mercer Cos).  10:30am. Our 8-mile round trip with the tide begins on the Crosswicks Creek in Bordentown. We’ll see returning waterfowl.  Bring lunch and beverage.  Meet at Bordentown Beach, end of Park St.   Experienced cold weather/water paddlers only. Contact leaders to confirm trip and participation.  George & Leona F. 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)

 

Mar 15 (Sat): Canoe/Kayak Trip on the Ides of March.  10am. It will be a lucky day for us as we paddle in the Pinelands.  Where will we paddle?   Experienced cold weather/water paddlers only. Contact leaders for details.  George & Leona F 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com  (W)

 

Mar 17 (Mon): St. Patrick’s Day Hike at Thompson Park (Monmouth Co).  10am. 5 miles, easy pace.  Wear Your Green! The preserved historic buildings offer a rich glimpse into the area’s past, while the surrounding fields, trails, and lake provide a beautiful location for outdoor activities. We’re hiking the Reservoir Loop: This MODERATE 4.8 mile (7.8 km) loop goes around the Swimming River Reservoir and Marlu Lake; grass and dirt trails. Meet at the Visitors Center 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738. Bring lunch and water. Leashed dogs are welcome. Rain cancels.  Leaders: George & Leona F, 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com  (W)

 

Mar 20 (Thurs): Hike - Celebrate the Vernal Equinox at Rancocas State Park (Burlington Co.)  10am. 5 miles, easy pace. Welcome spring with a hike in the woods.  Bring water and snacks.  Meet at Long Bridge Park, Deacon RD. Directions: http://www.co.burlington.nj.us/pages/pages.aspx?cid=589.  Leaders: George & Leona F. 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com   (W)

 

Mar 26 (Wed): Canoe/Kayak the Rancocas Creek (Burlington Co).  10am. The section we paddle will depend on weather conditions. Experienced cold weather/water paddlers only. Contact leaders to confirm trip and participation.  George & Leona F, 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com  (W)

 

Mar 30 (Sun): Canoe/Kayak the Oswego River (Burlington Co).  10am. Spring is here! Meet at Lake Oswego and paddle 8 miles on the “Jewel of the Pinelands”.  Experienced cold weather/water Pines paddlers only. Contact leaders to confirm trip and participation.  George & Leona F, 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com  (W)   


Apr 1 (Tues): D&R Canal Hike (Burlington Co).  10am. 5 miles, easy pace.  There’s no fooling – we’ll see nesting Bald Eagles in the Abbott Marshlands. Bring binoculars. Meet at the RiverLINE parking lot in Bordentown City. Option for late lunch at Heart of Bordentown (HOB) Tavern. Leashed dogs are welcome.  Inclement weather cancels. Leaders: Leona and George F.  609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com  (W)

 


Apr 6 (Sun):  Hike at Monmouth Battlefield State Park (Monmouth Co).  9:30am. 4 miles, easy pace. Monmouth Battlefield State Park is the site of one of the largest battles fought during the Revolutionary War on June 28, 1778.  It was during an artillery battle that Mary Hays, known as “Molly Pitcher,” carried water for the soldiers to quench their thirst and to cool the cannons.  After the hike, Friends of Monmouth Battlefield will provide a special guided tour of The Craig House, a mid-18th century farmhouse, which has been restored to reflect life during the days of the Revolution.  Meet at the newly completed Visitors Center, 16 Business Route 33, Manalapan, NJ.  Bring lunch, snacks and water. Please register with leaders. Leona and George F.  609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com  (W)


Apr 10 (Thurs): Canoe/Kayak the Abbott Marshlands (Burlington Co).  10am. Our trip with the tide begins on the Crosswicks Creek in Bordentown.  We paddle to Watson Woods in Roebling Park where we have lunch.  Bring lunch and beverage.  Meet at Bordentown Beach, end of Park St.  Rentals are not available. Contact leaders to confirm trip and participation.  George & Leona F. 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)


Apr 13 (Sun):  Canoe/Kayak Cleanup on the Crosswicks Creek/Delaware River Watershed (Burlington Co). 10:30am – 2pm. Support the Sierra Club Water Sentinels Program and our spring cleanup with the Bordentown Yacht Club. The cleanup begins at low tide and takes place in the wetlands area above the RiverLINE bridge.  These marsh flats have a lot of trash so we are in and out of our boats.  Wear boots and bring gloves.  Garbage bags are provided. Meet at Bordentown Beach, end of Park St.  Rentals are not available. Bring water, snacks and lunch.  Contact leaders to register for the cleanup.  Leona & George F 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)


 Apr 16 (Wed): Hike at Manasquan Reservoir (Monmouth Co).  10am. 5 miles, easy pace.  The Park is now the most visited site in the Monmouth County Park System.  Meet at the Visitors Center 311 Windeler Road, Howell, NJ 07731. Directions: http://www.monmouthcountyparks.com/page.aspx?ID=2531 Bring lunch, snacks and water for the hike. Leaders:  George & Leona F, 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com  (W)



Apr 18 (Fri):  Hike at Maurice River Bluffs Preserve (Cumberland Co). 10am. 4 miles, easy pace.  The Nature Conservancy prides itself on protecting great places like the Maurice River Bluffs, a majestic preserve overlooking the river.  Bring binoculars to observe various waterfowl and a bald eagle’s nest.  Bring water and snacks. Leashed dogs are welcome.  Option for late lunch at the Maurice River Diner. Please contact leaders to register and for directions. George & Leona F. 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com  (W)



Apr 20 (Sun): Canoe/Kayak the N. Branch Rancocas Creek (Burlington Co).  9am. Paddle 14 miles on the N. Branch Rancocas Water Trail from BCCC to Mount Holly.  Meet at the Vincentown Diner – arrive early for breakfast.  Rentals are not available. Contact leaders to confirm trip and participation.  George & Leona F. 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com   (W)



Apr 25 (Fri): Earth Day Week – Barnegat Bay Blitz (Ocean Co). 9am – 2pm. This is the 2nd year that the Sierra Club is participating in the “Blitz” on-water cleanup.  We'll meet Lauren Keltos, NJDEP Team Captain Barnegat Township, at the Barnegat public launch area.  From there we'll paddle to areas designated for cleanup in the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.  Garbage bags and gloves will be provided.  Bring water and snacks.  Option for late lunch at Sweet Jenny’s Restaurant. Rental kayaks are not available.  Contact leaders to confirm participation. George & Leona F. 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com  (W)


Apr 27 (Sun): Canoe/Kayak the Delaware River and Tour Lambertville’s 33rd Annual Shad Festival (Hunterdon Co):  9:30am. We’ll paddle the Delaware River and then walk around town, check out the arts & crafts, etc.  There are many options at the Food Court - everything from taco salads to fried Calamari and fried Oreo’s.  Don’t forget your Wild Bill’s Soda Mug! Paddling helmets required for all paddlers; spray skirts recommended for kayakers.  Rentals are not available. Contact leaders to confirm trip and meeting location. Current Sierra Club membership required. George & Leona F 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com  (W)



May 1 (Thurs): Canoe/Kayak Cedar Creek (Ocean Co).  9am. Double Trouble State Park was established in 1964 to help protect the Cedar Creek watershed and now features over 8,000 acres of Pine Barrens habitats. Our May Day trip is 7 miles from Ore Pond to Dudley Park. Rentals are not available. Contact leaders to confirm trip and meeting location.  George & Leona F, 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com  (W)


 

May 4 (Sun): Canoe/Kayak the Wading River (Burlington Co).  9am. Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo but we’ll celebrate a day early! Our annual paddle is 10 miles from Hawkin Bridge to Beaver Branch. Boats can be rented from Mick’s Canoe and Kayak Rental 800-281-1380 or www.mickscanoerental.com/  Meet at Hawkin Bridge. Contact leaders to confirm trip and participation. George & Leona F, 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)



May 7 (Wed): Hike at Belleplain State Forest (Cape May Co). 10am. Easy pace, 5 miles.  Belleplain was established in 1928 by the State of NJ for recreation and water conservation.  Lake Nummy is a converted cranberry bog.  Bring lunch, snacks and beverage. Leashed dogs are welcome! Meet at the Picnic Pavilion next to Lake Nummy.  George & Leona F, 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com  (W)



May 9 (Fri): Canoe/Kayak the Rancocas Creek (Burlington Co).  10:00am. The section we paddle will depend on river conditions. Rentals are not available. Contact leaders for information.  George & Leona F. 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com   (W)



May 11 (Sun): Canoe/Kayak the Abbott Marshlands (Burlington/Mercer Co). 10:30am. Our trip with the tide begins on the Crosswicks Creek in Bordentown.  We paddle to Watson Woods in Roebling Park where we have lunch.  Option, walk around Spring Lake and see the Mute Swans before returning to Bordentown.  Bring lunch and beverage.  Meet at Bordentown Beach, end of Park St.  Rental boats are not available. Contact leaders to confirm trip and participation.  George & Leona F. 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)



May 14 (Wed): Canoe/Kayak the Oswego River with Fortunato (Burlington Co).  10am.   This is Fort’s favorite Pines stream – join us for a lovely spring trip.  Meet at Lake Oswego, Lake Oswego RD.  Boats can be rented from Mick’s Pine Barrens Rental 800-281-1380 or www.mickscanoerental.com/  Contact leaders to confirm participation.  George & Leona F. 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)



May 18 (Sun): Canoe/Kayak the Raritan River (Middlesex Co).  10am. This trip is about 16 miles from New Brunswick to Perth Amboy. Experienced paddlers; expect power boat traffic and boat wakes.  Kayaks must be 12ft. or over; spray skirts suggested.  Bring lunch, snacks and water. Rentals are not available. Contact leaders to confirm trip and meeting location.  Participants must be current Sierra Club members.  George & Leona F, 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)


 May 22 (Thurs): Canoe/Kayak the Rancocas Creek (Burlington Co).  9:00am. The section we paddle will depend on river conditions. Rentals are not available. Contact leaders for information.  George & Leona F. 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com   (W)


May 24 (Sat): Canoe/Kayak the Delaware River (Mercer/Hunterdon Cos).  10am. We’ll paddle 15 miles from Kingwood Access to Lambertville.  Lunch break at the Famous River Hot Dog Man’s Restaurant; bring or buy lunch. Paddling helmets required for all paddlers; spray skirts recommended for kayakers.  Rentals are not available.  Contact leaders to confirm trip and meeting location.  Current Sierra Club membership required. George & Leona F 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)


May 26 (Mon): Canoe/Kayak with your Pooch on the Wading River (Burlington Co).  9am. Fortunato invites his” cousins” and dog lovers for a Memorial Day weekend trip. Canoes and kayaks can be rented from Mick’s Pine Barrens Canoe and Kayak Rental 800-281-1380 or www.mickscanoerental.com  Contact leaders to confirm trip and river section we are paddling. George & Leona F. 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)


May 31  (Sat): Canoe/Kayak the Great Egg Harbor River (Atlantic Co). 9am. Enjoy a 10-mile paddle on the “egg” from Penny Pot to Weymouth Furnace.  Meet at the Harley Dawn Diner – arrive early for breakfast. Rentals are available from Palace Restaurant and Outfitters 609-625-8552 or www.thepalaceoutfitters.com Contact leaders to confirm trip and participation.  George & Leona F, 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)


June 5 (Thurs): Canoe/Kayak the Oswego River (Burlington Co).  10am.   Enjoy an 8-mile spring paddle on “The Jewel of the Pinelands”. Meet at Lake Oswego, Lake Oswego RD.  Bring lunch and water. Boats can be rented from Mick’s Pine Barrens Rental 800-281-1380 or www.mickscanoerental.com/  Contact leaders to confirm trip and participation.   George & Leona F. 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)



Jun 8 (Sun):  Canoeing/Kayaking Skills Refresher on Lake Oswego (Burlington Co).  9am. ACA Certified Instructors from the Sierra Club will share information about paddling efficiencies, safety practices, rescue techniques and equipment. The refresher is held on Lake Oswego. Boats can be rented from Mick’s Canoe and Kayak Rental 800-281-1380 or www.mickscanoerental.com/  Bring lunch, snacks and water. Contact leaders to confirm the event and your participation.   George & Leona F. 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)


June 14 (Sat):  Canoe/Kayak the Delaware River (Hunterdon/Mercer Cos).   9:30am. Celebrate Flag Day! This is an 8-mile paddle from Frenchtown to Bulls Island. Helmets required for all paddlers; spray skirts recommended for kayakers.  Bring or buy lunch at the Famous Hot Dog Man’s River Restaurant. Contact leaders to confirm trip and participation. Rentals are not available.  Current Sierra Club membership required.  George & Leona F, 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)


June 15 (Sun):  Canoe/Kayak Cedar Creek on Father’s Day (Ocean Co).   9am. We’re paddling 7 miles from Ore Pond to Dudley Park. Meet at Double Trouble Park Headquarters. Boats can be rented from Cedar Creek Campgrounds www.cedarcreeknj.com/ or 732-269-1413.  Contact leaders to confirm trip and participation.   George & Leona F, 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)


June 19 (Thurs): Canoe/Kayak the Rancocas Creek (Burlington Co).  10am. The section we paddle will depend on river conditions. Rentals are not available. Contact leaders for information.  George & Leona F. 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com   (W)


June 21 (Sat):  Decorated Boat Parade on the Delaware Canal in Yardley, PA (Bucks Co.).  11am – 3pm.  The Boat Parade and Rubber Duckie Race are fun family events sponsored by Friends of the Delaware Canal.  Enter your decorated canoe or kayak – or just enjoy the parade from the towpath. Check the website for more information www.fodc.org  or contact George & Leona F, 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)



June 22 (Sun):  Canoe/Kayak the Delaware River Watershed (Mercer/Burlington Cos).   9am. This is an 18-mile paddle - experienced distance paddlers. Helmets required for all paddlers; spray skirts recommended for kayakers. Kayaks must be 12ft or over. Rentals are not available. Current Sierra Club membership required. Contact leaders to confirm trip and meeting location. George & Leona F, 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)



Jun 25 (Wed):  Canoe/Kayak the Batsto River (Burlington Co).  9am. The section we paddle will depend on water level. This is a 12+ mile trip for experienced Pines paddlers; expect downfalls and portages. Contact leaders to confirm trip and participation.  Group size limited.  Rentals are not available. Current Sierra Club membership required. George & Leona F, 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)


Jun 28 (Sat):  Canoe/Kayak the Mullica River (Burlington Co).  9am. It’s officially summer and the aquatic flowering plants of the NJ Pinelands will be in bloom.  This is a 12-mile trip for experienced Pines paddlers; expect downfalls and portages. Current Sierra Club membership required. Contact leaders to confirm trip and participation.  Rentals are not available. George & Leona F, 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com (W)


Sept 7 – 12 or Sept 14 – 19 (Sun – Fri): September in Western Maine!  Location: Bald Mountain Camps, Oquossoc, Me.  This is an historic sporting camp located on pristine Mooselookmeguntic Lake.  Many activity options, excellent food and a comfortable warm environment provide relaxation and fun.  Internet access available. Outing includes: hiking the AT, guided kayaking or canoeing pristine lakes and rivers with our host and Registered Maine Guide, Steve Philbrick.  Log cabins with fireplace, wood, bath, linens and porch. Breakfasts and dinners in the lodge dining room, sack lunches for the trail. $1300 per person. For more information contact leader: Judy Norcross (609) 288-6737 jsnorcross@aol.com (W)


 








 



 

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