Best Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing in New Jersey

This list represents the most popular flatwater kayaking & canoeing in New Jersey. Use this list to plan your next New Jersey flatwater kayaking & canoeing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Atsion Lake

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    Shamong, NJ

    One of the larger lakes within the 110,000-acre Wharton State Forest, Atsion Lake (pronounced AT-zon by locals) is the only one that provides on-site camping facilities, many of which are lakeside. ...
    •  Day trip with camping available
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    One of the larger lakes within the 110,000-acre Wharton State Forest, Atsion Lake (pronounced AT-zon by locals) is the only ...

  • #2 Shepherd Lake

    1 Reviews

    Ringwood, NJ

    Tucked snuggly in the northeast corner of Ringwood State Park along the New York border, the 74-acre Shepherd Lake is completely enclosed by hills densely packed with stately pine, hemlock, and ...
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    Tucked snuggly in the northeast corner of Ringwood State Park along the New York border, the 74-acre Shepherd Lake is completely ...

  • #3 Mullica River

    5 Reviews

    Shamong, NJ

    The unique charm of the Mullica River comes from its extensive savanna marshes and numerous high, sandy banks that offer ideal places for a snack, sunbathing, or a swim. At the upper end the ...
    •  3 hours to overnight
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    The unique charm of the Mullica River comes from its extensive savanna marshes and numerous high, sandy banks that offer ...

  • #4 Spruce Run Reservoir

    1 Reviews

    Clinton, NJ

    Built in 1965 for the Elizabethtown Water Company, the highly irregular outline of this 1,300-acre reservoir resembles a serpentine monster. You could spend a week paddling in and out of all ...
    •  Day trip with camping available
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    Built in 1965 for the Elizabethtown Water Company, the highly irregular outline of this 1,300-acre reservoir resembles a ...

  • #5 Batsto River

    2 Reviews

    Shamong, NJ

    Much of the runable length of the Batsto River lies within walking distance of the Mullica River, which might lead one to assume that the two rivers look alike. Not so. The Batsto’s marshland ...
    •  2 hours to overnight
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    Much of the runable length of the Batsto River lies within walking distance of the Mullica River, which might lead one to ...

  • #6 Oxford Furnace Lake

    1 Reviews

    Oxford, NJ

    A furnace once operated in the small town of Oxford at the foot of the mountains during the heyday of the iron industry in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The Green Acres Program contributed ...
    •  Day trip with camping available
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    A furnace once operated in the small town of Oxford at the foot of the mountains during the heyday of the iron industry in ...

  • #7 Wawayanda Lake

    1 Reviews

    Hewitt, NJ

    Nestled within the vast mountains of Wawayanda State Park, this large mountain lake will provide days of enjoyable paddling. Camping is available, but I would advise making reservations if you ...
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    Nestled within the vast mountains of Wawayanda State Park, this large mountain lake will provide days of enjoyable paddling. ...

  • #8 Assunpink, Stone Tavern, and Rising Sun Lakes

    1 Reviews

    Imlaystown, NJ

    Get out here and paddle! More than 5,000 acres of Wildlife Management Area surround three beautiful lakes: 225-acre Lake Assunpink, 52-acre Stone Tavern Lake, and 38-acre Rising Sun Lake. Each ...
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    Get out here and paddle! More than 5,000 acres of Wildlife Management Area surround three beautiful lakes: 225-acre Lake ...

  • #9 Wilson Lake

    3 Reviews

    Clayton, NJ

    Scotland Run Park on the southeast side of Clayton contains 900 acres of natural woodlands, hiking trails, and Wilson Lake. A small public beach with picnic tables, a playground, and restrooms ...
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    Scotland Run Park on the southeast side of Clayton contains 900 acres of natural woodlands, hiking trails, and Wilson Lake. ...

  • #10 Lake Surprise

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    Mountainside, NJ

    The aptly named Lake Surprise, a quaint 25-acre lake, was a surprise to find in the midst of heavily populated towns. Located in a ravine within the 2,000-acre Watchung Reservation, hemlock and ...
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    The aptly named Lake Surprise, a quaint 25-acre lake, was a surprise to find in the midst of heavily populated towns. Located ...

  • #11 Wading River

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    New Gretna, NJ

    The Wading is the most popular river in the Pine Barrens, and it is rivaled only by the Delaware in statewide popularity. Indeed, on weekends during the height of the summer season, it may well ...
    •  1.25 hours to overnight
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    The Wading is the most popular river in the Pine Barrens, and it is rivaled only by the Delaware in statewide popularity. ...

  • #12 Farrington Lake

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    North Brunswick, NJ

    Created by damming the Passaic River, this long, narrow lake is bordered on both sides by county parklands, where hiking trails meander through landscaped trees and shrubs. In the midst of a ...
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    Created by damming the Passaic River, this long, narrow lake is bordered on both sides by county parklands, where hiking ...

  • #13 Green Turtle Pond

    2 Reviews

    Hewitt, NJ

    Don’t miss this gem! Driving down the steep potholed road to the lake for the first time, I came around the last bend and stepped on the brakes. Islands, two of them, jutted out of the water ...
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    Don’t miss this gem! Driving down the steep potholed road to the lake for the first time, I came around the last bend and ...

  • #14 Monksville Reservoir

    1 Reviews

    Ringwood, NJ

    Want a nice long paddle and some great fishing? Then visit the 505-acre Monksville Reservoir that encircles Long Pond Ironworks State Park like a giant horseshoe. You’ll find the most interesting ...
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    Want a nice long paddle and some great fishing? Then visit the 505-acre Monksville Reservoir that encircles Long Pond Ironworks ...

  • #15 Metedeconk River

    1 Reviews

    Bricktown, NJ

    Like most rivers in the Pine Barrens, the Metedeconk requires continual maintenance to be navigable. It is short and for the most part does not have the charm of other rivers, but it is more ...
    •  1.5 to 5.5 hours
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    Like most rivers in the Pine Barrens, the Metedeconk requires continual maintenance to be navigable. It is short and for ...

  • #16 Lake Absegami

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    New Gretna, NJ

    Lake Absegami lies in the northwest corner of the Bass River State Forest at the southern end of Burlington County. The 67-acre body of water offers cedar swamps, bogs, and pine and mixed-oak ...
    •  Day trip with camping available
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    Lake Absegami lies in the northwest corner of the Bass River State Forest at the southern end of Burlington County. The 67-acre ...

  • #17 Cranberry Lake

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    Allamuchy, NJ

    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 northeast corner ...
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    The 180-acre Cranberry Lake is almost cut in half by a long, narrow peninsula barely attached on its western side, giving ...

  • #18 Lake Mercer

    1 Reviews

    Lawrenceville, NJ

    Mercer County Park is a huge complex. The park’s miles of rolling hills sprinkled with trees and woods have something for everyone, including golf, soccer, tennis, and, of course, boating. Set ...
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    Mercer County Park is a huge complex. The park’s miles of rolling hills sprinkled with trees and woods have something for ...

  • #19 Delaware and Raritan Canal

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    Somerset, NJ

    Ask anyone who paddles the Delaware and Raritan Canal, and they’ll tell you they think it more a narrow lake than a river. Overflow culverts drain excessive water from the canal into nearby waterways ...
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    Ask anyone who paddles the Delaware and Raritan Canal, and they’ll tell you they think it more a narrow lake than a river. ...

  • #20 Lake Aeroflex, Gardner's Pond, Twin Lakes, and Whites Pond

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    Andover, NJ

    Four bodies of water reside within Kittatinny Valley State Park, and at 110 feet, Lake Aeroflex is reportedly the deepest natural glacial lake in the state. Situated just outside the mountainous ...
    •  Day trip with camping available
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    Four bodies of water reside within Kittatinny Valley State Park, and at 110 feet, Lake Aeroflex is reportedly the deepest ...