Excerpted from the Bergen SWAN press release:
On Sunday, September 9, 2012 from 3:00 – 6:00 PM, join Bergen SWAN and Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) for a fascinating paddle on the rarely accessed Lake Tappan Reservoir in Old Tappan and the mysterious “40 Foot Hole” and “Spatterdock Marsh” sections of the Hackensack River north over the border in Rockland County. SWAN’s Watershed Educator, Nancy Slowik, will guide participants on a meandering adventure through widely differing habitats. EMS of Paramus will provide kayak rentals and conduct a safety and paddle technique talk at the start of the outing.
Participation in the paddle is limited to 20 boats, on a first-come, first served, pre-registration basis. With advance arrangements through Bergen SWAN, kayak rentals (15 total), paddles, and PFDs from EMS will be available at the paddle site. Participants may opt to bring their own boats and equipment. Entry fees are $30 per one-person kayak rental, $40 per tandem kayak, and $20 for those who bring their own boats ($10 additional for an extra passenger). Refreshments and informational handouts will be provided for the entry fee. All proceeds will benefit Bergen SWAN, a watershed protection group for the Upper Hackensack River Watershed.
To pre-register, get full instructions and directions, pre-arrange a kayak rental, or find out more, call 201-666-1877 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, subject Spatterdock Marsh. Advance payment for the event is due by September 7, and may be made via PayPal (see the website, www.bergenswan.org) or by check payable to Bergen SWAN (mail to: P.O. Box 217, Westwood, NJ, 07675).
The Paddle on and North of Lake Tappan is made possible through the cooperation and generosity of United Water New Jersey.
(Thank you- United Water – for opening up the reservoirs for public paddling access and thank you Bergen SWAN and Hackensack Riverkeeper for making these events possible! MAS)