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.

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#1. Atsion Lake


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. Wh…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Jersey: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
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#2. Shepherd Lake


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 variou…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Jersey: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
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#3. Mullica River


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 banks are…
From the guidebook "Paddling the Jersey Pine Barrens"
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#4. Spruce Run Reservoir


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 the littl…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Jersey: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Clinton, NJ - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#5. Batsto River


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 is diffe…
From the guidebook "Paddling the Jersey Pine Barrens"
Shamong, NJ - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Falcon Guides

#6. Hackensack River and Meadowlands


Observe wading and marsh birds, peregrine falcons, ospreys, and more as you paddle through brackish tidal marshes. You’re probably thinking, “Secaucus? This is supposed to be a book on good, quiet pad…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania"
Secaucus, NJ - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#7. Bass River State Forest—Lake Absegami


This Pinelands lake offers oak and pine woods, marshes, ospreys, waterfowl, and wading birds.…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania"
New Gretna, NJ - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#8. Oxford Furnace Lake


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…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Jersey: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Oxford, NJ - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
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#9. Wawayanda Lake


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 intend…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Jersey: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Hewitt, NJ - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#10. Wharton State Forest—Atsion Lake


Enjoy white cedar, pine, and oak woods; waterfowl; turtles; frogs; and marsh flowers at this lake. One of the larger lakes within the 110,000 acre Wharton State Forest, Atsion Lake (pronounced AT-zon…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania"
Shamong, NJ - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#11. Assunpink, Stone Tavern, and Rising Sun Lakes


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 lake ha…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Jersey: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Imlaystown, NJ - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
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#12. Union Lake


You’ll find large islands, waterfowl, and raptors at Union Lake.…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania"
Millville, NJ - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#13. Manahawkin Impoundment and Bridge to Nowhere


Enjoy abundant birdlife, ospreys, and hawks in the salt and brackish water marshlands here. Tall reeds and a smattering of aromatic bayberry bushes rim the shores around Manahawkin Impoundment in fron…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania"
Manahawkin, NJ - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
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#14. Pompton Lake


Abundant waterfowl, a couple of islands, and lush mountain backdrops offer you a pleasant paddling experience. The majority of lakeside property on Pompton Lake is privately owned, but most of the hou…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania"
Pompton Lakes, NJ - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
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#15. Wading River


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 be the…
From the guidebook "Paddling the Jersey Pine Barrens"
New Gretna, NJ - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Falcon Guides

#16. Lake Surprise


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 pine a…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Jersey: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Mountainside, NJ - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
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#17. Farrington Lake


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 large met…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Jersey: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
North Brunswick, NJ - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
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#18. Green Turtle Pond


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 a couple…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Jersey: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
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#19. Monksville Reservoir


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 padd…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Jersey: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Ringwood, NJ - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#20. Metedeconk River


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 convenien…
From the guidebook "Paddling the Jersey Pine Barrens"
Bricktown, NJ - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
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