Hackensack River Canoe & Kayak Club

paddling for over a third of a century
info@hrckc.org

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Opening day on the North Branch of the Raritan
by Bob Rancan

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Another opening day on the North Branch of the Raritan. Another iffy forecast (65% chance of showers, t-storms later in the day). Another wonderful paddle! Just a sprinkle as boats were unloaded, then the sun came out and clear skies the rest of the day. OK, there was some ill wind and colder weather late in the paddle but if you're watching the weather, you're not going. Haven't I said that before?

Perfect results, except for one terrific logjam and one pair of garden boots filled with water. Water level just adequate at 3.19 - 342 cfs and falling at Raritan gauge (3.65 at North Branch gauge).

Wildlife: 3 Adult Bald Eagles (one new nest spotted); Great Blue Heron Rookery with 20 odd nests; Wood Ducks; Common Merganser pairs; Northern Flicker; White-breasted nuthatch; Mallard pairs; Belted Kingfishers; male Eastern Bluebird; Pileated Woodpecker; Red Tail Hawks ;Turkey vultures; White-throated sparrows; Robins and a few Canada Geese. And, of course, 14 nattily dressed members: Peter Walker, Mike Capizzi, Jim More, Joan Bennett, Chris Meyers, Teri Rocco, Alex Trotta, Mark Grossmann, Maryanne Phelan, Asa Rennermalm, Sumonnat Kongchatree, myself and the photo contributors, Bob Cohn and Al Grenley. On the injured list but stopping by at the start with his usual hijinks: Dave Miller.

Bob

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Alex Teri North Branch 2021

 

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES

  • Saturday, May 21: Great Swamp, Patterson, NY
  • Monday, May 23: Belchers Creek, West Milford
  • Saturday, May 28: Rockaway River (tentative)
  • Monday, May 30: Passaic River
  • Saturday, June 4: Farmington River, New Hartford, CT
  • Monday, June 6: Greenwood Lake Launch/Lunch
  • Tuesday, June 7, 2022: Membership Meeting & Presentation (CUC)
  • Sunday, June 12: Passaic River
  • Friday-Sunday, June 24-26: VT weekend - Chittendon Reservoir
  • Friday, July 8: Lackawaxen River, Pike County, PA
  • Saturday, July 9: Cheesequake State Park, NJ
  • Saturday, July 16: Swim With Your Boat Day (tentative)
  • Sunday, July 24: Passaic River
  • Saturday, July 30: South Branch Raritan, NJ Balloonfest
  • Saturday, August 6: Delaware River - Dingmans
  • Friday-Sunday, August 12-14: Spruce Run Reservoir Weekend
  • Monday, August 15: Cedar Creek, NJ
  • Tuesday, August 30: Picnic
  • Saturday, September 10: Lackawaxen River, Pike County, PA
  • Sunday, September 18: Passaic River
  • Friday-Monday, October 7-10: Adirondack Long Weekend
  • Saturday, October 22: Fall Foliage...Paulinskill or Upper Delaware
  • Saturday, November 19: Musconetcong River

WHERE WE'VE BEEN THE PAST YEAR

  • Saturday, May 14: Housatonic River, Litchfield County, CT
  • Tuesday, May 3, 2022: Membership Meeting & Presentation (Zoom)
  • Saturday, April 30: South Branch Raritan River, Hunterdon County, NJ
  • Sunday, May 1: Spring excursion through the Wallkill River Wildlife Refuge
  • Sunday, April 24: Rockaway River
  • Friday, April 15: Paulinskill
  • Saturday, April 9: Shepaug River - Washington Depot to Roxbury, CT
  • Tuesday, April 5, 2022: Membership Meeting with Show & Tell (CUC)
  • Sunday, April 3: Wallkill
  • Saturday, March 26: North Branch, Raritan River, Somerset County, NJ
  • Sunday, March 27: High Mountain Hike 12 noon--
  • Sunday, March 20: Spring Fling 2022 (rescheduled holiday party)
  • Tuesday, March 1, 2022: Membership Meeting & Presentation (Zoom)
  • Saturday, Feb. 19: Winter Walk/Hike... River trail along Hudson from one of the NJ section Interstate Park's boat basins, either Englewood or Alpine
  • Saturday, Feb. 5: Driving and walking Tour...Westchester Bald Eagles
  • Tuesday, Feb. 1: Zoom Membership Meeting & Presentation - Caring for the National "Wild and Scenic" Musconetcong River
  • Saturday, January 22: Winter Walk...Top of the Palisades, Alpine, NJ
  • Tuesday, December 7: Membership Meeting & Presentation
  • Saturday, November 27: Musconetcong River
  • Sunday, November 14: Hackensack River
  • Saturday, November 13: Hike at Cheesequake State Park with Naturalist
  • Tuesday, November 9: Membership Meeting & Presentation
  • Sat & Sun, Nov 6-7: 2021 Mullica River Fall Paddle Camping
  • Sunday, October 31: Halloween excursion through the Wallkill National Wildlife Management Area in Sussex County, NJ
  • Saturday, October 16: Paulinskill
  • Tuesday, October 5: Membership Meeting & Presentation
  • Monday, September 13: Cedar Creek, NJ
  • Tuesday, August 24: Annual BBQ (6-9 pm)
  • SATURDAY, July 24: An upper branch of the mighty Raritan River
  • FRIDAY, July 9: LACKAWAXEN RIVER - Pike Co., PA
  • Tuesday, July 6: Membership Meeting & Presentation
  • SATURDAY, June 26: FARMINGTON RIVER - Riverton, CT
  • Tuesday, June 1: Membership Meeting & Presentation