BUCKS COUNTY – For those who have always dreamed of paddling the Delaware River, here is your chance.
Registration is underway for the 27th Delaware River Sojourn which will take place June 17-25.
The Delaware River Sojourn combines guided paddle tours, interpretive programs, and camping. Participants can register for the entire trip or for the day(s) of their choice; all skill levels are welcome.
“The stay is a family-friendly paddling and learning adventure, a wonderful way to experience the Delaware River,” said Mark Zakutansky, director of conservation policy engagement for the Appalachian Mountain Club and chair of the committee. residence manager. “Our theme this year is The River Rocks, and educational programming will focus on the unique geology of the Delaware River Basin.”
About 85 miles will be covered in 2022, divided into daily trips ranging from 6 to 15 miles. In short, the stay will include the following sections:
- Saturday, June 18 – Delaware River: Ten Mile River, NY to Zane Grey, Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania.
- Sunday, June 19 – Delaware River: Zane Gray to Indian Head Canoes, Knight’s Eddy, NY
- Monday, June 20 – Delaware River: Bushkill, Pennsylvania to Worthington State Forest, NJ
- Tuesday, June 21 – Delaware River: Worthington State Forest at Ramsaysburg Historic Homestead, NJ
- Wednesday, June 22 – Delaware River: Riegelsville, NJ to Giving Pond, PA.
- Thursday, June 23 – Delaware River: Tinicum County Park, Pennsylvania to Lambertville, NJ
- Friday, June 24 – Delaware River: Fireman’s Eddy, NJ to Yardley, PA.
- Saturday, June 25 – Delaware River: Bordentown Beach, NJ to Crosswicks Creek (NJ tidal tributary) and back
“By getting people out on the Delaware River and experiencing it firsthand, the stay helps create stewards of this important natural resource,” said Steve Tambini, executive director of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC ). “The Delaware River Sojourn is one of the longest running programs of its kind, and DRBC is proud to have been on the steering committee since its early years.”
Registration fees in 2022 are $90 per day for adults and $60 per day for children (15 and under). There is an additional one-time insurance fee of $10 per person for this American Canoe Association (ACA) sanctioned event, except for current ACA members.
The registration fee covers the guided river trip, single or tandem kayak rental (with paddle and life jacket), shuttle transportation, educational programs, most meals, and optional overnight campsites. Participants can bring their own river boat, but please note that aluminum or wooden canoes are not recommended.
Adult paddlers new to the Delaware River Sojourn are invited to take advantage of the First-Time Paddler program, which offers a discount on registration available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Delaware River Sojourn appreciates the support of its donors and supporters. The ShopRite Regional Supermarket Cooperative has sponsored the Delaware River Sojourn annually since 2013; individual donors also provide valuable support. The stay receives grants from the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers, the Lower Delaware National Wild and Scenic Rivers Program, Brookfield Renewables, and PPL. These funds help keep costs as low as possible for participants and support reduced resort fees for youth and its educational programs and for first-time paddlers.
In addition to the above, the DRBC’s Our Shared Waters outreach program also provides funds to support five adult paddlers on the last day of the trip. “We are thrilled to be able to once again offer this opportunity to new paddlers who might otherwise not have access to this recreational and educational opportunity,” said DRBC Director of External Affairs and Communications Elizabeth Brown.
On Friday, June 17, the day before the paddle trip begins, the National Park Service Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational Stay and River is hosting a river cleanup from 1-5 p.m. Volunteers will clean up a section of the Delaware River near Lackawaxen. Pre-registration is required through the Delaware River Sojourn website, and volunteers will be limited to 20 people. Canoes and equipment will be provided.
Registration details, itinerary overview and stay safety guidelines are available at https://delawareriversojourn.com/. Guests can register online using Paypal. Registration questions and inquiries about availability of first-time paddler discounts should be directed to Dejay Branch at (646) 205-2724 or [email protected]
The stay is following current guidelines issued by the CDC and state agencies regarding the covid-19 pandemic and will implement protocols to protect public health as needed.
The annual nonprofit event is planned by a steering committee made up of representatives from federal, state and local agencies, nonprofit organizations and individual volunteers. Kate Schmidt, DRBC Communications Specialist, is the commission representative.