The Delaware River Sojourn is an eight-day guided paddling trip on the nationally-designated wild and scenic Delaware River, combining canoeing/kayaking, camping (optional), educational programs, historical interpretation, and more. The Sojourn is designed for people of all ages & experience levels; our guides from the National Canoe Safety Patrol provide paddling guidance & safety instruction. Paddlers may join the entire trip or selected days of their choice. The Sojourn is sanctioned & insured by the American Canoe Association.
The 2018 trip will be the Sojourn's 24th annual! Here are some highlights from our itinerary to date. These are still draft, as conditions may warrant us changing plans. We'll share updates as planning progresses.
---Paddling three days in the Upper Delaware River, with camping at Northeast Wilderness Experience, near Equinunk, Pa. We are hoping to get back on the Lackawaxen River this year for one of these days!
---Paddling through the Delaware Water Gap and also paddling the Foul Rift rapid, with camping at Driftstone on the Delaware, Mt. Bethel, Pa.
---Paddling two days in the Lower Delaware River, with camping at Giving Pond, Upper Black Eddy, Pa.
---Paddling the Crosswicks Creek, a tidal N.J. tributary.
Our theme will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. As you know, 75% of the non-tidal Delaware River and several Delaware River tributaries have the distinction of being fully or partially included in this national system. Visit www.rivers.gov to learn more about the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
Daily paddles on the Sojourn average about 10 miles, with stops for lunch, educational lessons and swim breaks. Registration fees cover the guided river trip, single or tandem kayak rental (with paddle and life jacket; tandem kayaks come with seats), shuttle/livery transportation to and/or from launch and take-out sites, educational programs, meals, a souvenir T-shirt, and camping sites. Participants may bring their own boats and must bring their own camping equipment. Registration fees are by the day and include up to three meals and one night of camping.
The Sojourn's purpose is to heighten awareness of and appreciation for the Delaware River and its watershed, which flows through New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Guided by the philosophy that by getting people out on the water and experiencing it firsthand, they too become its stewards, the Delaware River Sojourn helps protect the river and its environs for present and future generations.
Part of the Sojourn's stewardship focus involves introducing youth to paddling the river through the Delaware River Sojourn Youth Paddle Program. We are asking group leaders who may be interested in taking advantage of this funding opportunity in 2018 to please email Lou Metzger, at email@example.com. Information on the program can be found at http://www.riversojourn.com/index.php/youthprogram.
Join the Delaware River Sojourn and experience a fun, recreational adventure, which celebrates family, friends, and the great outdoors! Come out and paddle the Delaware River, the longest un-dammed river east of the Mississippi.
For complete information, including registration details, please visit the Delaware River Sojourn web site at www.delawareriversojourn.org. If you are interested in joining our email notification list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The below map detailing the 2017 Delaware River Sojourn (Put-In, Take-Out, and Camping Locations) is here for reference. The 2018 map will be posted once the full itinerary is announced.