A Canoe perspective on the Harrington Park Watershed

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWant to canoe or kayak locally?

Do you have a canoe or kayak? Bergen SWAN is running a Guided Paddle through the Old Hook, from the Oradell Reservoir to the Pascack Brook from 3-5pm on Sunday May 26th (rescheduled from May 19 because of the rain). Watershed educator Nancy Slovak will teach the participants about the widely differing habitats that the group will paddle through. Access to the Reservoir from Emerson. www.BERGENSWAN.ORG (This is a fundraiser for Bergen SWAN)


Saturday June 1st (rain date June 2nd) is the 2013 Reservoir Challenge on the Oradell Reservoir. You can bring your own boat or rent one from the Hackensack Riverkeeper. This is the 5th year the Reservoir Challenge has taken place and attendance is growing each year > come celebrate the river, the reservoir and the people of the watershed! Run by the Hackensack Riverkeeper, United Water, and Whole Foods Market, other major sponsors include Ramsey Outdoors, Rockland Electric, and the Bank of New Jersey. This day features 10K and 5 K races, guided paddles, the Mayor’s Cup Race, a BBQ lunch, and live bluegrass music. Access on Lake Shore Drive, Haworth.  www.HackensackRiverkeeper.org (This is a fundraiser for Hackensack Riverkeeper)

Saturday August 7th will be a Lake Tappan Paddle Day. This is an open day of paddling on Lake Tappan, run by the Hackensack Riverkeeper. Canoes and kayaks will be available for rent or you can use your own boat for a morning or afternoon paddling session. More information will be posted soon on the Riverkeeper website. (This is a fundraiser for Hackensack RIverkeeper).

How about helping clean up the watershed FROM the water? You can do that locally on Saturday September 14th, 10am-2pm at the Oradell Reservoir Cleanup. Run by the Hackensack Riverkeeper, volunteers work on foot to clear trash and other debris from the banks of the river as well as pull trash out of the river from canoes. The Riverkeeper provides all the canoes, PFDs (personal flotation devices), paddles, hip waders, garbage bags, gloves, pickup sticks, meals and refreshments that you will need to get the job done. Individuals and families are encouraged to just show up and get to work; the Riverkeeper asks that you let them know how many folks you’re planning to bring. There is no age requirement to participate, children must be supervised, and ages 18 or older to PADDLE a canoe. FREE!

Please look at both sites for information about the two organizations and about other educational activities and programs they are involved with. For families with younger children the Riverkeeper’s Eco-Cruises are really fun!

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