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North Branch Raritan River

Trip Overview

Cowperthwaite Rd to Easton Turnpike (Rt 28). This trip actually started on the Lamington River where there is a convenient put in on the downstream side of Cowperthwaite Rd. (The name soon changes to Burnt Mills Rd). There is good place to pull over and unload, but its posted against parking, so I was simply dropped off there. This is an easy 3.5 mile trip that took me about 1.5 hours of leisurely paddling. About 1/4 mile into the trip is the confluence of the North Branch Raritan. Just beyond that is some interesting old concrete abutments. The river is very shallow, never more than a foot or two deep. In places, it was more like 6 inches. (USGS online gauge read 2.9 ft) https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv/?site_no=01399780 At this level, I had to drag through a few shallow riffles, but for the most part it was easy going. I'd definitely like to go back when there is a little more water. The take out is on the downstream side of Rt 28. There is a small park there with plenty of parking and easy river access.
  • Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water, River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Portage Description: a few over shallow gravel riffles. paying attention to the channel will avoid most. :)
Wilderness Systems Pungo 120

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