Quiet Water New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania  by Kathy Kenley

Quiet Water New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania Guide Book

by Kathy Kenley (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Quiet Water New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania  by Kathy Kenley
Explore the scenic flat-water lakes, ponds, and rivers of New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania with this new guide from AMC’s Quiet Water series. Great for families, anglers, and canoeists and kayakers of all abilities, Quiet Water New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania features 80 trips, covering the best calm water paddling in the region.

© 2010 Kathy Kenley/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "Quiet Water New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania" Guide Book
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Abundant wildlife around a remote and scenic lake in the rugged Kittatinny Mountains along the Appalachian Trail is yours to enjoy for the day. Looking like a long-sleeved mitt, Catfish Pond sits atop the Kittatinny Mountain ridge within the 15,000-acre Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Mohican Outdoor Center. Camping, hiking, boating, and boat rentals, as well as lodging, are offered at the center in this rugged and pristine environment. Across from the launch, the mountains rise 120 to 150 feet above the lake, and quite sharply at the eastern end. Rock faces and cliffs peek here and there between the trees, adding texture to the landscape. The forest is primarily hardwoods, with conifers along the lakeshore and in small pockets on the mountain. At the northeast end of the lake, where the mountains rise quite steeply, coniferous trees are more prevalent.
Millbrook, NJ - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Look for abundant waterfowl, wading birds, and raptors at these lakes. More than 6,000 acres of wildlife management area surround three lakes: 225- acre Lake Assunpink, 52-acre Stone Tavern Lake, and 38-acre Rising Sun Lake. Each lake has its own character and its own special charm. The name Assunpink comes from the Lenni-Lenape word meaning “stony creek” or “rocky place that is watery.”
Roosevelt, NJ - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
This Pinelands lake offers oak and pine woods, marshes, ospreys, waterfowl, and wading birds.
New Gretna, NJ - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
This state park offers raptors galore, magnificent bird-watching, 40 miles of hiking trails, pine and oak forest with white cedars, and a remote and quiet setting.
Woodbine, NJ - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Enjoy steeply wooded cliffs, rock faces, crystal clear water, a hike to a waterfall, and abundant wildlife at this lake.
Lehighton, PA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Steeply wooded hillsides, scenic views, and abundant wildlife provide hours of paddling pleasure on this large lake.
Leesport, PA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Enjoy song birds, turtles, waterfowl, and islands at this long and narrow lake. Carnegie Lake was formed by damming the Millstone River to create a lake for the Princeton University rowing team. Funding for the project, completed in 1906, came from a generous donation to the university by businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Although the lake is privately owned by Princeton University, it is open to the public for boating, fishing, and picnicking. A regional rowing regatta is held each year around the third weekend in June. With all the visitors and attendees, the lake can get frantic that weekend, although the northern half of the lake is usually not affected. The Delaware and Raritan Canal Greenway, with its beautiful towpaths, edges the eastern side of the lake. See Trip 20 for more information on the history of the canal and its towpath, along with park information.
Princeton, NJ - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Highlights of this lake are two large islands, bald eagles, a wide variety of waterfowl, and hours of paddling to enjoy.
Hanover, PA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Here you’ll find waterfowl, song birds, pheasants, quails, hawks, and red foxes. Remote and quiet, three lakes nestle into the landscape within the 12,000-acre Colliers Mill Wildlife Management Area. Colliers Mill was once filled with sawmills and smelters’ furnaces. The name came from the prosperous charcoal burners, known as colliers. The surroundings are typical of the Pine Barrens: pine and mixed-oak hardwood forests, with cedar, sweet gum, and red maple edging the waters. Mountain laurel, sheep laurel, and fragrant sweet pepperbush comprise most of the understory shrubs. The northern pine snake, whose range is primarily in and around South Carolina and Georgia, has small, disjointed colonies within the pinelands of New Jersey. Inhabiting only flat, sandy pine barrens, their secretive burrowing behavior eludes even the most experienced snake hunter. Pickerel, smallmouth bass, and sunfish live in the tea colored waters typical of the Pine Barrens. Goldenrod flowers splash the landscape with yellow from late summer through fall, when they are joined by bouquets of wild blue asters. The wildlife management area itself is surrounded by woods and large farms—a very remote setting.
Jackson, NJ - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length:
Colorful wildflowers and marsh grasses, abundant wildlife, and a paddle up a scenic river are yours to enjoy at this lake. From the I-80 ramps, you get a magnificent view of the Delaware River Water Gap. Once a continuous east–west mountain ridge holding back a large inland sea, erosion worked on a weak spot, gradually etching its way through until the waters started to escape. Once the outflow started, erosion accelerated, eventually creating a channel that would later become part of the Delaware River. At the Delaware River Water Gap, Mount Tammany is on the New Jersey side and Mount Minsi on the Pennsylvania side. Long, narrow, and somewhat shallow, Columbia Lake is a fine place for birdwatching around the marsh island and adjacent wetlands. The only drawback is the proximity to noisy I-80, but once you’re on the water, you’re in another world. Pond lily islands and hammocks offer abundant shelter for waterfowl and provide an interesting trip as you weave in and out of the serpentine maze. A superb variety of colorful wildflowers and marsh grasses can be found in and around the marshy hammocks and adjacent wetlands.
Polkville, NJ - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
You’ll find waterfowl, turtles, and abundant birdlife at these two lakes. Cooper River Lake Park has come alive over the years. The city has cleaned up its waters and created a lovely park along a 2.5-mile stretch of the Cooper River where it widens to a few hundred yards—enough to call it a lake, at least by the standards of south Jersey, which is not known for having extremely large bodies of water. For those who live in the densely populated Camden area and need a place close to home, this section of the river landscaped with trees, shrubs, small garden areas, sculpture gardens, a multiuse trail, and a playground provides the perfect refuge. The best paddling is on the eastern end, where the shores become more wooded and you’re farther from bustling traffic. Carp, bass, sunnies, and catfish inhabit the lake, as does a large population of turtles and frogs. Herons, egrets, ducks, and geese make their home here. Many paddlers who live in the densely populated area along the Delaware River from Gloucester City to Riverside come here after work or on weekends for a workout. It’s close, convenient, and the restrooms at the boathouse are sparkling clean. The boathouse is primarily used by rowing teams and may become crowded at times, but both the restrooms and launch facilities are open to the public. The large public floating dock launches usually have a number of portable toilets on-site.
Collingswood, NJ - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Enjoy waterfowl and pleasant paddling at this county park.
Newtown, PA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
This pleasant lake has more than six miles of shoreline, parts of which are within the pristine Allamuchy Mountains and State Park. The 180-acre Cranberry Lake is almost cut in half by a long, narrow peninsula barely attached on its western side, giving more shoreline to explore. Cranberry Lake Park on the east side of the lake provides a public boat launch. Allamuchy State Park borders the southern end, offering remote and pristine coves and inlets to explore where mountains rise sharply from the lake.
Cranberry Lake, NJ - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Highlights around these ponds include abundant waterfowl and song birds, lots of coves, passageways, islands, and beavers.
Penns Grove, NJ - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
This very nice lake has lots of waterfowl, numerous bridges, and miles of shoreline to enjoy in the midst of the bustling north Jersey shore. It looks like an octopus and, with the Atlantic Ocean only 500 feet from its head, I suppose the shape is symbolic; at the very least it’s an interesting coincidence. Deal Lake interweaves its tentacles through four towns, the most notable of which is Asbury Park on the south side. Although only 158 acres in size, the lake has 7-plus miles of shoreline waiting to be paddled. The variety of native and planted tree and shrub species provide spectacular spring blooms and fall colors.
Asbury Park, NJ - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
You’ll find waterfowl, birds, and a beautiful greenway along this historic waterway. In my opinion, fall is the best time to paddle the canal, when the brilliant foliage of various tree species lines the banks and sprinkles the water with colorful fallen leaves. Ask anyone who paddles the Delaware and Raritan Canal, and they’ll tell you they think it more a long, narrow lake than a river. Overflow culverts drain excess water from the canal into nearby waterways such as the Raritan and Millstone rivers, thus retaining a very slow flow rate throughout the canal’s length. In times of insufficient rain, water is pumped into the canal from these same nearby rivers. The canal parallels the Millstone River all the way from Princeton, New Jersey, to the north side of the lock at Zarephath, where it joins the Raritan River to continue its journey to Raritan Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
South Bound Brook, NJ - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length:
Enjoy a very scenic respite and wonderful wildlife viewing on this long lake close to the densely populated towns of New Brunswick and East Brunswick. Created by damming Lawrence Brook on its way to the Passaic River, this long, narrow lake is bordered on both sides by large sections of county and township parklands. Located in a suburban neighborhood on the south side of the bustling college town of New Brunswick, this lake offers a serene getaway and pleasant respite from traffic, crowds, and industry.
New Brunswick, NJ - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
These lakes offer raptors, waterfowl, freshwater marshes, and islands.
Troxelville, PA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Abundant waterfowl, shore birds, wading birds, marsh birds, and freshwater wetlands can be found here. Forty-five acres are yours to enjoy in the midst of this bustling city. The serene pond area is historically where the Lenni-Lenape met and performed their ceremonial rituals up until the mid-1700s, when European settlers drove those who remained inland or to reservations. Early in the nineteenth century, a dam was built across the Metedeconk River and a forge erected on the pond to harvest and process bog ore from the marshes. Most of the ore was used to make water pipes. The dam broke in 1847, destroying the forge and surrounding homes. Forge Pond itself is the only thing that remains today of that era.
Brick, NJ - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Enjoy waterfowl, raptors, islands, and beaver at this lovely park.
Elverson, PA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing