This fall the Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF) and Musconetcong Watershed Association (MWA) will conduct two paddling events for both members and non-members. These recreational activities are intended to raise awareness of the participants in the autumn beauty, ecology and history of the two respective waterways.
The first event will be on the canals in the Jefferson section of Lake Hopatcong, departing from Prospect Point Marina on Saturday, October 15th at 11 AM. Prospect Point Marina is located at 1 Brady Road in Lake Hopatcong 07849. Parking available to the right of the launch ramp. Paddlers will get to see the series of intriguing canals and homes developed in the 1950s and transit the serene wetland area on the canals that connect Lake Hopatcong and Lake Shawnee.
The second paddling event will be on Saxton Lake and the Musconetcong River, departing from the launch ramp at the former Elsie’s Tavern on Waterloo Road on Saturday, October 22nd at 11 A.M. Elsie’s Tavern is an old Morris Canal Lock Tender house on the north shore of Saxton Lake, approximately 1.5 miles west of Waterloo Village in Byram Township. Paddlers will see remnants of the Morris Canal, Saxton Falls, the Saxton Falls Dam, the Musconetcong River and the hills of Allamuchy State Park.
*** This paddle has been postponed until Saturday, October 29th due to a significant chance of rain and wind this Saturday. We are also moving our launch time up to 10 am. Sorry, for any inconvenience this may cause. We Hope you can join us next weekend! Please contact Kyle Richter at 908-537-7060 (office) or 239-287-0570 (cell) if you are signed up and have any questions.***
Each paddling event is expected to last approximately 1.5 – 2 hours. Paddlers must provide their own kayaks, paddles and personal floatation gear and will need to sign a liability release. Consider bringing water, a bag lunch, a hat and sunscreen. Conditions permitting we’ll raft up for a lunch break and enjoy the autumn foliage.
A voluntary contribution is suggested for each event of $5 for MWA and LHF members and $10 for non-members which will be collected the day of the paddle.