Hackensack River Canoe &
Garden State Canoeing: A
Paddler's Guide to New Jersey
Second Edition September 2002
by Edward Gertler
This paddling "Bible" (New Jersey testament) contains descriptions of 105 brooks, creeks, rivers and other bodies of
water, all in New Jersey.
About 16 of these creeks and rivers drain into Delaware Bay, making them a bit
of a drive for day-trippers from the North. But that still leaves us with 89 other
waterways to consider. And most of these contain a few sections to
paddle, increasing our selection to well over 250 choices.
A major highlight are the maps. Each chapter begins with an
overview map showing river locations in the state. Specific river
descriptions contain detailed maps showing access points, mileage, USGS gauges, weirs & dams, nearby roads
and other points of interest.
While not topographical, they certainly provide the information necessary
to lead a successful trip. Although I do recommend the use of state or
county maps to find your way to the general area.
Just as important are the water level recommendations, an invaluable resource
for planning a trip. USGS gauge references are given, many on-line,
allowing one to see from afar if a river's water level is suitable for
Generally speaking, the river descriptions are accurate. Despite
encountering slightly more cellulose material than the book indicated on some
trips, the descriptions give the paddler a very good idea of what to expect.
A must have for trip participants as well as leaders, every New Jersey paddler should
get themselves a copy.
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Contributed by HRCKC member George