North Branch Whitesbog Paddling Guide

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Whitesbog Village, an early 20th-century company town and agricultural community. In the early 1900s, Whitesbog was the largest cranberry farm in New Jersey, and its founder, Joseph J. White, was a nationally recognized leader in the cranberry industry. Aside from its immense success with cranberries, Whitesbog is also where the highbush blueberry was first successfully cultivated.

Today, Whitesbog is part of Brendan T. Byrne State Forest and is listed on both the National and State Registers of Historic Sites.  Whitesbog includes the village and the surrounding 3,000 acres of cranberry bogs, blueberry fields, reservoirs, sugar sand roads, and Pine Barrens forests.

Whitesbog is part and parcel of the headwaters of the North Branch of the Rancocas Creek.  From Whitesbog the Rancocas flows for 30 miles to the Delaware River.  The head of tide on the North Branch is Mt. Holly.  The best paddling on the Non-Tidal Sections of the North Branch are the Burlington County Canoe Trail and Mirror Lake.  Tidal, paddle down on the Rancocas State Park Bluewater Trail, through the confluence and the main stream.

Paddling Note:  The N Branch between Whitesbog and Mirror Lake and from Mirror Lake to New Lisbon and the Launch of the BC Parks Canoe Trail is “wild and wooley”.  Experienced paddlers only.  Add up to 6 hours or more to paddle.  Greenwood Bridge is a fine place to paddle and watch the world flow by.

Whitesbog Kayaking

Unique, Exemplary, Distinct.  Check out the map of the Cranberry Bogs and Ponds.  Check in at the Village Store.  Caution as cedar tree stumps are found often hidden right below the surface of the water. Winds across the ponds are fast.  Stay alert for thunderstorms, Wear sunscreen, Wear a life-jacket. Leave paddle plan.  Paddle down.

Getting around Whitesbog.  Best use of time is to drive your vehicle between the Ponds.  It takes about 2 hours to paddle the Big Tank Connection.  Other ponds are larger, requires more time to paddle around.  Each pond is unique and has its own specific areas of interest.  Paddle down
Canoes and Kayak Liverys and Rentals in the Rancocas Creek Watershed.  Stay alert w Whitesbog and other locations like Pakim Pond for rentals, site specific.
Map to the left is of the Whitesbog Paddling Map.  Launch and return to Little Tank Landing.  Water levels change on regular basis.  The Big Tank Connection is not yet marked.  Paddle the sides of the tanks to find the connections.  Paddle down, paddle fun, paddle safe.


In Pemberton Clarks Canoe Rental is the Place to Go

tip of the hat to Karl J and his pup for paddling down and photos


Detailed Maps of Landings and Launches.  Gated Access points are either Municipal or Private Landings.   Hours of Access are Posted.  Click here for maps

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