Delaware River Sojourn to combine guided paddling excursions and camping

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  • By Laurie Ramie, Upper Delaware Council Locals paddled from Ten Mile River to Minisink Ford, bordering Pike County, Pa. during the 2006 Delaware River Sojourn.

  • by NPS Zane Grey The Sojourn will be using this as a base for its days on the Upper Delaware and Lackawaxen rivers this year.

WEST TRENTON — Registration is open for the 19th Annual Delaware River Sojourn taking place June 22-29.

The Delaware Sojourn, one of the oldest river sojourns in the nation, combines the experiences of guided paddling excursions with interpretive programs, camping, and camaraderie. Participants may sign up for the entire eight-day trip or for the days of their choice.

“This year's theme, Our Remarkable River, is based upon the 2012 National Park Service publication Delaware River Basin Wild and Scenic River Values, which highlights the noteworthy characteristics and values that make the Delaware River worthy of special protection,” said Richard Egan, chair of the 2013 steering committee.

Close to 60 miles of the main stem Delaware River will be paddled in 2013, split into daily trips ranging from six to 10 miles. This year’s sojourn will also revisit the Lackawaxen River, a Pa. tributary to the Delaware River.

In brief, the sojourn will include the following stretches:

Saturday, June 22: Ten Mile River Access (N.Y.) to Zane Grey Access (Pa.)

Sunday, June 23: Zane Grey Access to Jerry’s Three Rivers Campground (N.Y.)

Monday, June 24: Lackawaxen River (Pa.) – River Bend Access to Zane Grey Access on the Delaware River

Tuesday, June 25: Milford Beach Access (Pa.) to Dingmans Campground (Pa.)

Wednesday, June 26: Dingmans Campground to Bushkill Access (Pa.)

Thursday, June 27: Giving Pond Recreation Area (Pa.) to Bulls Island (N.J.)

Friday, June 28: Bulls Island to Lambertville (N.J.)

Saturday, June 29: Independence Seaport Museum Dock (Pa.) to Gloucester City (N.J.) and back to the Museum Dock with the tide

The cost for sojourners who register by June 15 is $80 per day for adults and $60 per day for children (ages 15 and under). There is an additional one-time insurance fee of $5 per person for this American Canoe Association (ACA)-sanctioned event, except for current ACA members. Further discount opportunities are available on a first-come, first-served basis for adult paddlers new to the Delaware River Sojourn. Add $10 to the daily rates for registrations made after June 15.

Registration fees cover the guided river trip, single or tandem kayak rental (with paddle and PFD), shuttle transportation, educational programs, most meals, a souvenir T-shirt, and optional overnight camping sites. On Monday, June 24, all rentals will be rafts when the sojourn paddles the Lackawaxen River. Participants may bring their own river-worthy boat, but please note that aluminum canoes are not recommended.

Several programs are being offered this year, including dinner and a tour of the Grey Towers National Historic Site, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2013, a trip on the Steamboat SPLASH in Lambertville, N.J., and tours of the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia, Pa. with optional camping.

“The Delaware Sojourn received a grant from corporate donor ShopRite to help subsidize the 2013 event,” said Egan. “This is ShopRite’s second annual contribution, and the steering committee is appreciative of their continued support.”

Space is limited, so register early. Additional information, including registration details, itinerary overview, sojourn guidelines, and photos is available at Sojourners are again offered the option to register online using Paypal. Registration-related questions and discount availability inquiries may be directed to Dejay Branch at 646-205-2724 or

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