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Advocate, Director Rancocas Pathways

Rancocas Creek Drainage-North Branch

Upper parts of the Rancocas Creek, North Branch. Rancocas Creek Flows West. Originates in the NJ Pine Barrens National Reserve. Maps appreciate North Branch Drainage and Flow Patterns. Over the winter months Rancocas Creek’s natural history, geology, water resources, issues and various other areas will be presented. Enhanced awareness of the Rancocas Creek Watershed is crux for protecting and preserving public access for multi-use recreation inside the 360 Square Mile Rancocas Creek Watershed.

A solitude, restfulness and recovery for one’s weary brain and soul. Rancocas Creek Fall kayking

Paddle Down, Rancocas Creek Exemplary Fall KayakingDesirable Natural Panorama and Drainage from the world famous Pine Barrens National Reserve married to the Delaware River Estuary Tides. Where forests come down to the water’s edge.

Desirable Distance from anywhere in the Mid-Atlantic States, Hidden natural gem from plain view precludes crowded conditions.Naturally charming configuration affording a fine western sun exposure, allowing a frequent tidal breeze, through a wonderland of amber waters, tidal greenway and necklace of protected parks and public open space.

Plenty of pure air of a pronounced tonic nature; a cool, soothing and invigorating atmosphere.

Plenty of pure water, combination of Pine Barrens water and tidal waters. Kayak on waters soft, clear, amber colored and sparkling.

Allows facilities of the best of outdoor exercise, kayaking and tramping about.

Accessible to all as all health conditions receive benefits from the Rancocas Creek’s natural climate, naturally.

A solitude, restfulness and recovery for one’s weary brain and soul.

Rancocas Creek Turtles Comment on Kayaking in the Fall and Winter

Rancocas Creek Turtles agree, its Monday morning. Stay alert if out and about. Objective hazards (paddle environment) such as low air temps combed into low water temps (low 60’s upper 50’s) w a wind blowing makes ideal conditions for hypothermia and cold water shock. Subjective factors are those controlled by the paddler. Paddlers reduce subjective factors through knowledge, skills and judgement. Add to ones knowledge by asking “what if questions before, during and after kayaking”; Skills hinge on the commitment by folks kayaking to study, learn and practice better and embrace different ways and methods for kayaking; Judgement hinges on your own honesty about kayaking skills and being outdoors, it is poor judgement to let desire for your kayaking trip overide an accurate assessment of risk. Acclimatization is the first step to Fall and Winter kayaking. Paddle Safe. Paddle Prepared. Paddle s don’t count until your back home. Follow basic and fundamental kayaking safety principles. Leave a float plan, don’t paddle alone, have proper gear for conditions, know the waters your kayaking. Check out the American Canoe Association safety tipos for kayaking.