First ever- Lake Tappan Paddling Day- and more Hackensack River paddling information

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 Today, Saturday August 20th, from9-5:30pm, Lake Tappan was opened to the public for kayaking and canoeing. Thisevent was sponsored by the Hackensack Riverkeeper and United Water. Rentalcanoes and kayaks were available, the OT Fire Department provided a safety boat,and the unofficial estimate is that over 100 people came to enjoy time on thereservoir!

My husband and I enjoyed canoeing from thesouthern end of Lake Tappan up to its inlet. The weather was great- 80’s, sunnywith almost no breeze, and a few puffy clouds for intermittent refreshing shade.The reservoir water was surprisingly warm. We saw swans, seagulls, cormorants,swallows, a snapping turtle and egrets, and even fish hopping out of the water.

This was the first ever paddling event on LakeTappan and came about because of the success of the “Reservoir Challenge”, aday of paddling, picnicking, and races on the Oradell Reservoir whichcelebrated its third anniversary on June 3rd, 2011. Hopefully theLake Tappan Paddling Day will also become an annual event.

If you are interested in paddling on theHackensack River, the closest canoe or kayak launch site is in River Edge. If you do not have your own watercraft, youcan rent one -and go out on the lower Hackensack- at the paddling center at LaurelHill County Park, open 9-6pm weekends through the end of October. Self- guidedor guided paddle tours are available from the paddling center. The HackensackRiverkeeper also runs Eco-Cruises on a pontoon boat on weekends (through Oct 9th)that go upriver to Hackensack, explore the Meadowlands or cruise down to NewarkBay.

NOTE: On Saturday, Oct 1st- therewill be a special fundraising event to benefit the Hackensack Riverkeeper. This will be a 4 mile one way paddle fromRiver Barge Park in Carlstadt to Laurel Hill County Park in Seacaucus, with transportationprovided. Rent (reservations required) or use your own boat for this event.

Submitted by Green Team member Mary Ann Schran

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