Delaware River Sojourn: June 17-23, 2017

The Delaware River Sojourn is an seven-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 2017 trip, which is the Sojourn's 23rd annual, is themed Flowing Together and will highlight the Delaware River and the tributary watersheds that make up the Delaware River Basin, as well as the individuals who come together to protect it. Highlights to include:

  • River Cleanup: Volunteer Opportunity on June 16, 2017
  • Camping at the Zane Grey Museum (Lackawaxen, Pa.), Worthington State Forest (N.J.), and Hugh Moore Park (Easton, Pa.)
  • Paddling 2 stretches of the Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River and 2 days through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
  • Paddling the Lehigh River, a Delaware River tributary, and a section of the Lehigh Canal
  • Paddling the lower Delaware River around Easton, Pa.

Daily paddles 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.

In 2017, the Sojourn and the NPS UPDE are hosting a volunteer river cleanup on Friday, June 16, 2017 from 1PM to 5PM. Volunteers will cleanup a 5-mile section of the Delaware River starting at the Ten Mile River access and ending at Lackawaxen, Pa. Volunteers must pre-register through the Sojourn website. Canoes and equipment will be provided.

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.

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 If you are interested in joining our email notification list, please email

Map Detailing the 2017 Delaware River Sojourn (Put-In, Take-Out, and Camping Locations):

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Event Dates

6/17/2017 – 6/23/2017

Admission Fee (if any)

Registration fees for 2017 are as follows: ADULTS (16 years and older): $80/day and CHILD (15 years and younger): $50/day. There is a one-time $5 ACA insurance fee for every participant that is not a current ACA member.

Ages Event is Appropriate For

The Delaware River Sojourn is a paddling trip (kayaking/canoeing). It is geared for folks of all ages and experience levels, but children must be old enough to be properly fitted with a life jacket.

Accessibility Notes

As this is a paddling and camping trip, there is limited accessibility for those who may be in need. However, we have had prior experience making accommodations for those with limited mobility; contact us for more info.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are not allowed on the Delaware River Sojourn.

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