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Web Site Payment Issues

Posted on March 20, 2018 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Due to enhanced and improved inventory controls and payment options, Rancocas Pathways web site will be undergoing changes over the next few weeks.   If you have any questions zap us a note to

John Anderson, Director, Rancocas Pathways

Email:  ingvarja@verizon.net

Phone Number:   609-267-0010  

Most likely will happen is that Pathways and the Water Trail web site is being switched to a different web server.

Thank-you for your apprecitation to this issue.  

Paddle on Down.

John Anderson

American Canoe Assoc. Article: Rancocas Creek Paddle down

Posted on March 10, 2018 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

NJ's Rancocas Creek National Water Trail Initiative article in the monthly American Canoe Association Magazine. Paddle: March 2018 | Volume 4,


Issue 2: https://issuu.com/_aca/docs/paddle_march_2018_final/24 " target="_blank">https://issuu.com/_aca/docs/paddle_march_2018_final/24


Page 23 and 24.


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Pathways Hosts Nature Center Paddle Tours

Posted on March 7, 2018 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Join us, Paddle on Down.

Nature Center Kayak Tours

Posted on March 7, 2018 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

RP is hosting kayak tours of the RSP Bluewater Trail.   Paddle on down.  Beta as below.

Peeper Hunt Report, Jeepers No Peepers

Posted on March 3, 2018 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Peeper Hunt report: no peepers, jeepers. deer running, other critters snuffing about, owl a hotting, scudding clouds, gray is repose drifting,a horizon alight, setting darkness, beaver moving, wind whistling, footsteps falling silent, jeepers, no peepers but its always whats beyond the peepers. paddle down.

details on next evening hike to be posted...

Education is Heritage Anchored

Posted on February 28, 2018 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

sunet and moonrise, mt. holly oxbow

Posted on February 27, 2018 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

paddle down on a local nj, sunset, moonrise mt. holly oxbow and mill race, 400 years of America's  maritime heritage

Jeeper's, Peeper's Where You Get them Eyes

Posted on February 27, 2018 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Rancocas Creek Water Trail Night Time Spring Peeper Excursion, Jeeper's, Peeper's Where You Get them Eyes ? RSVP John Anderson, Director Rancocas Pathways ingvarja@verizon.net

Desire 4 Change

Posted on February 27, 2018 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Change drives Rancocas Creek 2 a NWT. Looking at the past anchor the foundation of principles of change. Science, technology a collective mentorship of knowledge/education cultivates a harvest of knowledge and respect.

Paddling Update: Priority Creek Clean Up Spring Adopt a Creek

Posted on February 23, 2018 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

b willing to get wet and muddy.   b willing for heard work.  can use a small punt ot john boat.   paddle down.

Recreational Deaths from Water Recreation

Posted on February 16, 2018 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Sunday's Rancocas State Park Bluewater Trail Safety Workshop is running from 10-4, rain or shine. Workship is being held outdoors, Bring what gear you would normally take out kayaking. Yaks are available if you don't have one. Paddle down.

Mt. Holly Rips Are In

Posted on February 11, 2018 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

N Branch in Flood. Enhanced Awareness of White Water. Folks ask what is so special about Mt. Holly paddling, beyond normal flat water paddling?

Creek in flood brings about the Mt. Holly Rips. A word of warning. These are not conditions you paddle alone. There is little or no tolerance for paddling mistakes. You should have braces, eddy turns, a roll and other such basic fundamentals down. Be prepared to get wet. Wear proper gear, life jacket, leave paddle plan. Scout the rips from shore first. Be mentally attuned to the risks. Read the creek and rips before paddling. Spend more time studying the Creek and the rips before paddling.

Make sure you yak is 100% outfitted for white-water paddling. There is little or no room for error when paddling the Mt. Holly rips.

As for the Mill Race weir. Its called a "suck hole" because you can easily get sucked into it by currents alone. It is a mega-tight/shallow chute. Mega tight. You blow it here there will be issues. 3 people should be present. 2 in the water and another person downstream w throw rope. You get sucked into the suck hole, it is an dangerous situation.

Having said all that. Get instructions before you poke about readling and paddling the rips. Exemplary location to get mentally comfortable w paddling white-water. Downstream escapes and eddys are wide and shallow. Only fools even think about running the gates. That is a good way to muck up access for everyone while you bring damage and injury to self.

Leverage paddling in the rips to gain comfort in lateral currents pushing your yak about, standing waves, small wave trains, eddy pull outs and turns in churning water, chutes, and the like. As you gain experience one can paddle deep into the rips.

Where the tide meets the downstream current adds a unique force on the water. You will encounter standing waves that traverse laterally below the rips, Easy enough they "grip" your yak and flip it over. Do not underestimate the power of water.

If anyone wants to go out and paddle in the rips drop me a note. its is at the end of the day a fine place to play-boat. If you have any questions here post away.

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Rancocas State Park Bluewater Trail "Paddle Safe" Injury Control Program.

Posted on February 8, 2018 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

 Last year topics covered included demographics of injury and the Haddon Matrix. This year hands-on case studies. Bring kayak and gear. Zap a note back if you have any questions. The Bluewater Trail is multi-use. Discover how to improvise gear, practice basic evacuation methods, touch on ways to to mitigate risk of kayaking on a multi-use water trail. Experienced instruction. Zap back a note if you have any questions or concerns. Paddle Safe.

Rancocas Creek is a Shared Public Space

Posted on February 6, 2018 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Rancocas Creek Water Trail is a shared space, a bridge for creative expressions and local values, a shared public space for recreation and social interactions, it contributes to local ecomomy's and provides a multi-use choice of activities. www.rcnwt.com

News Alert. Mt. Holly Creek Cleaning 11 March

Posted on February 2, 2018 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

News Alert. Mt. Holly Creek Cleaning 11 March.  Details to follow

Spring 2018 Education is Fun, Naturally (c) Programs

Posted on January 29, 2018 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Rancocas Pathways Spring "Education is Fun, Naturally (c) 2018 Programs. Your Location or here at Melpine Landing for outdoor programs. All programs are hands-on. Discover 400 Years of Maritime Heritage.

Programs focus at the ecosystems and multi-use aspects of the Rancocas Creek and West Jersey Tidewaters. Exemplary Environment. Recreation. Programs Age Specific. Contact Pathways for further information. ingvarja@verizon.net

Mt. Holly Fire and Ice Festival Paddle Excursion

Posted on January 25, 2018 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Saturday Kayak Excursion Melpine to Mt. Holly Circuit Paddle. Stop n Chill at the Mt. Holly Fire and Ice Festival. Launch Melpine 11 AM. Land at Mt. Holly's Red Barn Crossing and Creek side Access to the Village Idiot also Creekside Access to Mt. Holly Fire and Ice festival. Paddle down.

411 ingvarja@verizon.net

Paddle down, Clean up Dawg Pop

Posted on January 22, 2018 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

if your foolish enuff to attempt to drive across the field when its muddy your actions are counter-productive to access.  Park at the gate and walk on down to the landing.   If you dawg pops at the landing clean it up. Be respectful to access.

Chillin' Out N Branch

Posted on January 17, 2018 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Rancocas State Park Bluewater Trail

chillin' out , n branch rancocas state park bluewater trail

Posted on January 17, 2018 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

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