DESCRIPTION: (Wear appropriate clothing & bring water! Below are some special instructions: what to bring, relative difficulties, interesting features, & carpooling directions.)
We will be paddling on the beautiful and remote feeling Mullica River in the heart of the Pine Barrens. This trip is dependent on there being an adequate water level. What is required is solid moving water experience, a boat that you can easily maneuver in tight turns ( no longer than 13 feet), and great stamina as this is our longest paddle in terms of time. It has taken us anywhere from 5 to 7 hours in the past to travel from Atsion Lake State Park to the take-out at Pleasant Mills ( a distance of 10.4 miles). Please be prepared for the possibility of having to carry over deadfall, especially early in the paddle. Our meeting time is at 9:00 am at the open field/ parking area next to the ranger station on Rt. 206 across from Atsion Lake. There will be a shuttle to the take out. Please bring lunch, a snack, loads of water, sun protection, and bug spray. There will be a couple of short breaks as well as a lunch break. We will look for opportunities to get into the cool waters at a sandy beach. Please RSVP to Russ Martyn if you are interested – rbmwoodsmen at verizon dot net GPS 39.740962 -74.73271
There is a Pit Toilet in the field behind meeting spot. There is another one at the Mullica Wilderness Camp Ground about half way through the paddle. There is also fresh water available at the camp ground
If it seems like a wilderness excursion that is because it almost is. The only man-made influences are one bridge, a gauging station and a few sand roads, the later seldom being evident from the water. *
*A Paddlers Guide to NJ By Edward Gertler
Difficulty & Must Have:
This paddle is approximately 11.5 miles long and takes around 5.5 hours from Atison Lake to the take-out at Pleasant Mills. There are many tight turns, and good boat control is important. Boats 12 feet or less are recommended. There are a number of Beaver Dams that will need to be navigated as well as the usual strainers and snags.
A shuttle is required and club Mask rules will apply.