Hackensack River Canoe &
D&R Canal Cruise &
by Jim Mc Loone
June 9, 2007
Saturday, June 9th was a
delightful, partly cloudy, 84 degree day with light winds. The car-pool
contingent met at Jim's Bergenfield house around 9:00 am to load gear,
and departed about 9:30. Mary met us at the designated parking area in
Hillsborough and the entire group of nine drove off to Colonial Park about
two miles away. The Colonial Park people were very cooperative, giving
launch permission by email and we were able to launch without a hitch at
the small dock.
Our four tandem canoes and one solo kayak got on the water about 11:30 and we paddled east on the canal for about a mile and a half until we reached the Weston Causeway (our meeting point) where it was necessary to duck down in order to pass under a low bridge. Another half mile brought us to a private bridge that was a little higher. We lunched at the end of this stretch of water at the ten mile lock. After lunch we headed back to the put in, arriving there about 3:00 pm.