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190 Lord Stirling Rd, Basking Ridge, NJ
908 722-1200 Ext. 5002   EEC Home Page

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The Somerset County Park Commission offers a variety of canoeing and kayaking opportunities to stimulate awareness and understanding of the environment, build an appreciation of New Jersey waterways, and promote interest in canoeing and kayaking.

Come enjoy fantastic times on the river with our enthusiastic, experienced Naturalist/river guides. Our dedicated and professional guides are sure to provide you with a super river experience! We offer everything from easy, relaxing flat water to more adventurous beginner whitewater. No matter what you choose, your river memories with us will be sure to last a lifetime!

All canoeing and kayaking programs are designed for adults and families with children age seven and older for canoeing and age ten and older for kayaking. Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a registered adult. Attendance of introductory programs is mandatory and required prior to participating in canoe or kayak trips. A person may register for his/her own household only. Program registrations are not transferable to other individuals or households.

CAN-U-CANNU??
After a "splashing" time at this introductory canoe class, you will learn the basic paddling techniques, safety aspects of canoeing, and handling a canoe in and out of the water. This program offers an opportunity for adults and children, ages seven and older, to learn to canoe. An adult must accompany children under the age of 15. Each canoe can accommodate two paddlers and a child passenger. Classes will take place on Branta Pond at the Environmental Education Center. All equipment will be provided.
$14 per person
Course Code: 50350

Canoe-16 Sunday, May 12
  10:30am-12:30pm
Canoe-17 Sunday, June 23
  11:00am-1:00pm
Canoe-18 Tuesday, July 30
  9:30am-11:30am
Canoe-19 Sunday, August 11
  2:00pm-4:00pm

KAN-U-KAYAK??
This introductory kayaking class will teach you the basic paddling techniques, safety aspects of kayaking, and handling a kayak in and out of the water. This program offers an opportunity for adults and children, ages ten and older, to learn to kayak. An adult must accompany children under the age of 15. Participants will use solo kayaks (but tandem kayaks are available upon request). Classes will take place on Branta Pond at the Environmental Education Center. All equipment will be provided.
$25 per person
Course Code: 50448

Kayak-17 Sunday, May 12
  2:00pm-4:00pm
Kayak-18 Sunday, June 16
  9:30am-11:30am
Kayak-19 Tuesday, July 30
  1:00pm-3:00pm
Kayak-20 Sunday, August 18
  10:00am-Noon

Kayak Pool Training Session
During this required session, you will learn how to successfully wet exit your kayak. You will also practice getting in and out of the kayak from the pool deck, as well as the water. Please wear a bathing suit, bring a towel, and be prepared to get completely wet. All equipment will be provided.
Price included with Kan-U-Kayak Program
EEC-Lord Stirling School pool or Warrenbrook Pool
Course Code: 59002

Kayak-09 Sunday, June 16
  2:00pm-4:00pm
Kayak-10 Tuesday, July 30
  4:00pm-6:00pm
Kayak-11 Sunday, August 18
  2:00pm-4:00pm

Canoe and Kayak Trips

All trips will be for both canoes and kayaks together (Canyak) or just kayaks. The trips are intended for beginner to intermediate paddlers. Prior participation in one of our CAN-U-CANNU or KAN-U-KAYAK classes is required. Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a registered adult and both child and adult(s) must take the appropriate pre-requisite classes. Boats, equipment, transportation, and leadership are provided. Participants are welcome to bring their own equipment, at their own risk; however, there is no reduction in price. A review of basic canoeing and/or kayaking techniques and river safety begins each trip, then onto the water for an exciting educational experience. All return times are approximate. Duration and degree of difficulty of the trips are listed in ascending order and river trips are also rated using our system below. Due to possible low water conditions, there may be changes in destinations or cancellations. Trips will run unless dangerous or threatening weather occurs and participants will be notified in a timely manner.

Please read and review the following considerations PRIOR to registering for a river trip:

 Please wear appropriate paddling clothing that can get wet and/or dirty - non-cotton, synthetic, quick-drying fabrics are best. Please also wear proper foot attire – closed-toed shoes that are attached to your foot. Flip flops, clogs, slides, and slip-ons are NOT allowed!

 We reserve the right to deny a participant entry into a program if we deem the participant is not physically fit, does not match the skill level of the program or is ill-prepared. A participant will be turned away the day of the trip if the criteria listed here are not met.

 It is the participant's responsibility to consult the ratings listed below for each trip and match their skills accordingly. Come expecting to get wet on all trips!

CANOE AND KAYAK RIVER TRIP RATINGS

A. Good for beginners and families
B. Must negotiate some easy river turns
C. A few portages
D. Continual paddling for several hours
E. Must negotiate many quick river turns
F. Must paddle in open water & be able to handle wind, waves, tide
G. Prior wet exit with a skirt required
H. Must handle easy whitewater rapids and negotiate rocks
I. Danger – cold water! Please bring a full change of clothes in a waterproof bag.
J. Half day or less trip – please bring snack, drink, towel and full change of clothes
    (including underwear, socks, shoes)
K. Full day trip – please bring lunch, snacks, drink, towel and full change of clothes
    (including underwear, socks, shoes)
L. Will stop for ice cream on our return to the EEC
M. Prior participation in at least two, 4-miles or less river trips

Passaic Paddle
3 miles Rating: A, B, C, D, E, K, L
The Passaic River winds through the Great Swamp basin, flowing through floodplain forest, and many unique wetland habitats. We will paddle this gentle river, home to turtles, herons, frogs, and fish. All classes will meet at the Environmental Education Center.
$30 per person
Course Code: 50756

Canyak-12 Monday, April 29
  11:00am-2:00pm

Delaware & Raritan Canal Paddle
4 miles Rating: A, B, C, F, L, N
Quiet, peaceful, and still, the Delaware & Raritan Canal is an ideal place for an evening paddle. Cruising along as the sun sets, we will enjoy the sights and sounds that the waterway has to offer. Please bring a bag dinner and money for ice cream.
$60 per person
Course Code: 50757

Canyak-81 Tuesday, April 23
  2:00pm-7:00pm

A Paddling Afternoon
4 miles Rating: A, B, D, E, F, H, L
Join us on some of the best local backwaters of New Jersey for a relaxing afternoon paddle. We will start our journey at the Environmental Education Center and possibly head to the Black River, Lake Hopatcong, the Rockaway River or the Passaic River (depending on water levels). These are some of the more beautiful areas of the state that are untouched by the rush of powerboats. Bring a snack, water, and money for dinner! Return time is approximate.
$60 per person
Course Code: 50761

Canyak-80 Monday, May 13
  2:30pm-9:00pm

Millstone Meander
8 miles Rating: A, B, C, D, E, F, K, M, N, O
"Matawong", the Native American name for the Millstone River, means "hard to travel", however, this broad stream is anything but, with a valley so flat that the river has actually changed its direction since the ice age. Our trip will offer us the chance to glimpse herons, red-tailed hawks, and more – never more than a stone's throw from the Delaware & Raritan Canal. Please bring a bag lunch and money for an ice cream stop!
$75 per person
Course Code: 50753

Canyak-16 Saturday, April 20
  8:00am-5:30pm

Reservoir Dogs
4 miles Rating: A, B, C, F, H, M, N
Check out this series for exploration of the different reservoirs that the tri-state area has to offer!! We will spend half the day paddling our boats in the reservoir. Then after lunch, strap on your boots for an afternoon of hiking and birding. Please bring a bag lunch, binoculars and money for ice cream.
$75 per person
Course Code: 50764

Canyak-17 Friday, April 26 "Big Tank at Whitesbog Village"
  7:30am-7:00pm

Pine Barrens Paddle
4-10 miles Rating: A, B, D, E, F, G, M, N, O
Pine Barrens streams offer some of the best canoeing and kayaking in the state. Enjoy paddling pristine, tea-colored streams through old cranberry bogs, rich wetland meadows, and pitch pine forest. The river will be determined by water level, but may include the Cedar Creek, the Wading River or the Batsto River. Please bring a bag lunch and money for an ice cream stop.
$75 per person
Course Code: 50765

Canyak-10 Friday, May 10
  7:30am-7:00pm

All Day on a River
4-10 miles Rating: B, C, D, E, K, L, M
Join us for a great day of paddling! The river location will be the Naturalists' best-kept secret! Due to possible low or high water conditions, the Naturalists will choose a river with an appropriate water level. We may head to the Delaware, the Lehigh, the PaulinsKill or someplace closer to home.
$75 per person
Course Code: 50763

Canyak-99 Wednesday, May 22
  7:30am-7:00pm

Registration for the following programs begin on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 @ 9:00am

Early Birds Paddle
2 miles Rating: A, B, C, J
Rise and shine! Start your day with a quiet paddle on the Passaic. See swamp sights before the day gets busy. This paddle will help you get centered for beginning your day!

$20 per person
Course Code: 51491

Canyak-27 Wednesday, June 26
  6:30am-8:30am
Canyak-28 Wednesday, August 21
  6:30am-8:30am

Passaic Paddle
3 miles Rating: A, B, C, J
The Passaic River winds through the Great Swamp basin, flowing through floodplain forest, and many unique wetland habitats. We will paddle this gentle river, home to turtles, herons, frogs, and fish.

$30 per person
Course Code: 50756

Canyak-13 Sunday, June 23
  2:30pm-5:30pm
Canyak-14 Thursday, September 12
  5:00pm-8:00pm

Full Moon Paddle
2 miles Rating: A, F, J
Enjoy the EEC and Branta Pond after dark as we paddle our canoes or kayaks by the light of the full moon! Find out what the Great Swamp sounds and feels like once the sun has set. Perhaps we will hear owls or see bats? Bring a flashlight or headlight if you have one.

$20 per person
Course Code: 50407

Canyak-10 Monday, June 17
  6:30pm-8:30pm

Delaware & Raritan Canal Paddle
4 miles Rating: A, D, J, L
Quiet, peaceful, and still, the D & R Canal is an ideal place for a relaxing paddle. Cruising along, we will enjoy the sights and sounds the waterway has to offer.

$60 per person
Course Code: 50757

Canyak-82 Sunday, September 8
  11:00am-4:00pm

A Paddling Afternoon
4 miles Rating: A, B, D, F, J
Join us on some of the best local backwaters of New Jersey for a relaxing afternoon paddle. Our destination depends on water level but may include Cranberry Lake, Black River, Rockaway River, Swartswood Lake or somewhere else! Bring money (cash) for dinner.

$60 per person
Course Code: 50761

Canyak-81 Thursday, June 13
  2:30pm-9:00pm
Canyak-82 Monday, August 19
  2:30pm-9:00pm
Canyak-83 Sunday, September 22
  2:30pm-9:00pm

All Day on the Water - New
4-10 miles Rating: B, C, D, E, K, L, M
Join us for a great day of paddling on a reservoir or lake. Pack up your stuff and get ready for an adventurous day on the water!
$75 per person
Course Code: 50775

Canyak-01 Wednesday, August 28 Blue Marsh Lake
  7:30am-7:00pm

Pine Barrens Paddle
4-10 miles Rating: B, C, D, E, K, L, M
Pine Barrens streams offer some of the best paddling in the state! Enjoy pristine, tea-colored streams through old cranberry bogs, rich wetland meadows, and pitch pine forest. The river destination will be determined by water level.
$75 per person
Course Code: 50765

Canyak-A1 Thursday, June 20
  7:30am-7:00pm
Canyak-A2 Tuesday, August 13
  7:30am-7:00pm
Canyak-A3 Sunday, September 1
  7:30am-7:00pm

Whitewater Beginnings
5-10 miles Rating: B, D, E, G, H, I, K, M
(Adults and children 15 years and older)
Are you ready to take your kayaking skills to the next level? Then join us for some fun Class I-II whitewater and be prepared to work the river! We will practice eddy turns, peel outs, ferries, wet exits, and surfing. You will learn how to read the river and negotiate your way through rapids and around rocks. Depending on water levels, we will travel to the Upper Delaware, the Lower Lehigh or elsewhere.
$75 per person
Course Code: 50406

Kayak-27 Friday, July 12 Lackawaxen River
  7:30am-8:30pm
Kayak-28 Saturday, August 10 Lehigh River
  7:30am-7:00pm

Sedge Island Getaway Weekend
1-5+ miles Rating: D, F, L, M
(All Ages, 12 years and older with parent)
Take a weekend trip to Barnegat's undiscovered Sedge Island off Island Beach State Park. Enjoy safe kayaking around the bay, seining to capture marsh creatures, snorkeling, clamming, crabbing, fishing or just relax by birdwatching, reading or watching the sunrise or set at the Sedge House! Overnight accommodations are twin bunkrooms and you must be willing to share a room with participants of the same gender. All equipment, transportation, interpretation, and meals are included.
$300 per person non-refundable fee
Registration deadline: Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Course Code: 50704

Kayak Only-20 Depart Friday, July 26 @ 7:30am (arrive to the EEC @ 7:00am)
  Return Sunday, July 28 @ approximately 6:00pm

What'SUP (Stand Up Paddling)
2-5 miles Rating: D, F, J, L
(Adult)
Meet a professional at Spruce Run Reservoir for a proper lesson and guided excursion. Take in the scenic views while learning all you can about this fast-growing sport. Stay cool by spending your time paddling, splashing, and falling in the water.
$120 per person
Course Code: 51789

EEC-04 Monday, June 24
  9:00am-4:00pm

Pine Barrens Escape - New
4-10 miles Rating: B, C, D, E, K, L, M
(Adult, 15 years and older with parent)
Rivers in the NJ Pinelands offer some of the best paddling in the state! Join us for a weekend of cabin camping at Atsion Lake and enjoy kayaking pristine, tea-colored streams while also exploring all things Pine Barrens from the culture, to the habitats, to the flora and fauna. We will also enjoy kayaking on Atsion Lake, hiking, birding, campfires, and some good old fashioned rest & relaxation. Overnight accommodations are single beds and you must be willing to share a room with other participants. Plan to bring your own bedding and toiletries. Trip includes meals (2 breakfasts, 1 dinner), lodging, entrance fees, transportation, interpretation, and all kayaking equipment.
$575 per person
$150 per person non-refundable deposit required at time of registration
Remaining non-refundable balance due September 5, 2019
Course Code: 50767
Kayak Only-7

  Depart Thursday, September 26, 9:00am
  Return Sunday, September 29, 7:00pm



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Volunteers

  Volunteers are needed and appreciated throughout the year. Please contact
Gretchen Rotondo at 908 722-1200 ext.5323 or email your completed application and waiver to grotondo@scparks.org.

Volunteer Application for Adult
Volunteer Application for Minor
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   Volunteer Waiver for Minors/Dependents

Corporate Volunteer Groups please contact Daniel Ross at 908 722-1200 ext.5336 or dross@scparks.org.

 

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The building is open 9am-5pm daily.
Exhibits are open 9am-4:30pm daily.
Registration is accepted 9am-4:30pm daily.
The building is closed on Holidays.
Trails are open dawn to dusk daily but closed on Deer Management days as scheduled.

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Donations are gladly accepted.
Please make checks payable to:
The Somerset County Park Commission
and mail to Carrie Springer,
190 Lord Stirling Road
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

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