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Crosswicks Creek in New Jersey

Trip Overview

Crosswicks is a branch of the Delaware River that winds its way through extensive marshlands below Trenton, NJ, and eventually narrows about 5 miles inland as it flows from interior sections of New Jersey. This is a tidal creek at the lower end. The best time to paddle the lower few miles, which I am most familiar with, is within two hours of high tide. At this time the marshland is flooded and the areas to paddle at almost unlimited. Within the marsh there are many side cuts and channels to explore. One could paddle all day and not cover the same ground. The marsh is quiet and natural with many birds. When paddling this lower section, remember again that this is a tidal creek with a strong current. A kayak that tracks well is important. When traveling against a fast tide, progress will be slow but is never to the point where forward movement is impossible. This is a good year round place to paddle.


There are several motels along Route 206 south of Bordentown.


Bordentown is located below Trenton, NJ, and can be reached from Route 130, 295, and the NJ turnpike.


The Bordentown ramp on the Delaware River is at the mouth of Crosswicks Creek. Head down Farnsworth Ave. thru town. At the stop sign turn left and go straight down the hill to the ramp.

  • Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Group Rates: No

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