Guided June Paddle Nature Tour

Saturday June 15. Come on out, explore, discover and experience a unique ecology of the Rancocas Creek Water Trail. Last Weekend of Spring. Guided natural history tour. See how the remains of 1895 Creek Dredging, and the 1941 Flood Bypass Channel Works have become a haven for wildlife, ferns, spleenworts, wildflowers and more….

Stops along the paddle examine ferns, spleenworts, flowering wildflowers and more. This is a slow paddle to Melpine. About 4 Hours including creek-side stops. Shuttle provided. Box lunch from Robin’s Nest included. Registration limited to 6. Text or call: 609-876-3086 Hosted by Friends Melpine Landing. www.rcnwt.com

Rancocas Creek Conservation Matrix

Rancocas Pathways water trail conservation matrix. We strive to instill in paddlers and others who hike and walk along the Rancocas Creek, from its headwaters to the tide personal responsibility. Promoting public access anchors water quality. Take the time to help spruce up areas of the Rancocas Creek Watershed. Either in an organized activity or when your out and about yourself. Zap along any questions and we at Pathways extends an invitation to paddle on down. ps: your likely to get ones feet wet when paddling the tidal and or non-tidal areas of the Rancocas.

Fern Canyon

Beyond the Paddle.  There are very rare times during the year when one can access Burlington County’s Rancocas Creek’s Fern Canyon.   Today was one of those days.  🙂

N Branch Paddlers Alert

HEADS UP PADDLE ALERT: Someone with less brains than intelligence painted huge orange arrows along the N. Branch around Franklin’s Bend, Cripp’s Wetland, Fenimore’s Knuckle and Fenimore’s Elbow (see: map). This is unsightly graffiti.

Getting through that area of the N Branch is tricky enough without sloppy, half-baked attempts at marking the water trail.

N. Branch of the Creek in this area is “walking” or what is the natural evolution of a tidal creek. The channel constantly changes– sometimes in a few days and surely every year through storm season, floods, ice and more. There is a deep hole in the creek where the arrow is painted. Your kayak can get easily pinned in this area if you get caught on the tide.

The bright orange paint is unsightly and scars the view-shed. It is clearly unhelpful. Whoever did this has risked paddler safety. When the creek channel changes, do we expect voluntary removal of the painted arrows? Furthermore, in covering bark lichen another biological injury results.

There is ample opportunity to get involved constructively with the Rancocas Creek Water Trail. Drop us at Rancocas Pathways a note or text for feedback on where you might get involved. Follow our social media platforms where activities are posted. Folks are encouraged to collaboratively support preservation and recreational use of the Creek. As friend of the Rancocas like to say: It is a precious gem hidden in plain sight!

Rancocas Pathways: Where a rising tide lifts all boats….and boots *