DESCRIPTION: (Wear appropriate clothing & bring water! Below are some special instructions: what to bring, relative difficulties, interesting features, & carpooling directions.)
We will paddle beautiful Union Lake in Millville, NJ, the largest lake in South Jersey. This is an 898 acre impoundment of the Maurice River that is almost three miles long and a mile wide at the widest point.
The lake is known for its fishing, and there is a limit of ten horsepower on motorboats. There are two public launch areas on the lower part of the lake. On the western side is a large boat ramp and parking area suitable for trailered boats, and on the eastern side a more modest ramp and beach area with parking which is more suitable for launching kayaks and canoes. Adjacent to the eastern launch site is a free public sand beach and swimming area. The beach is very lightly used and the lake is uncrowded even on hot summer weekends and holidays.
We will meet at the eastern launch area (39.406829, -75.051339) at 10 AM and launch from there. There are no restroom facilities there, so an alternative is a Wawa on the way into town from NJ Route 55. No shuttle is necessary.
As for directions, Delaware people can follow US Route 40 to NJ Route 55 South; Pennsylvania people can take US Route 322 to NJ Route 55 South. Both should then take Exit 27, then merge onto NJ Route 47 South (North 2nd Street), bear right onto North High Street, keep right on Sharp Street, turn right on Union Lake Road, left on Sunset Street, then right on Lakeside Drive. The entrance to the launch area is on Lakeside Drive. Google Maps shows the address for the launch area as 1501 Lakeside Drive, Millville NJ 08332.
We will paddle up the east side of the lake and into the moving water of Maurice River that feeds it, and proceed upstream as far as the participants want to go. Then we will paddle down the west side of the lake and stop for lunch on one of the small beaches scattered around the lake. Swimming is good in the lake. After lunch we will continue down the western side of the lake, then turn and pass the dam and arrive at the public beach next to the launch location.
We expect to paddle six to eight miles and end the trip by 3 PM. Boats 10 to 14 feet long are best for this trip. This is a great trip on a moderately large body of water for those who are looking to experience a bit more challenge than a beginner paddle trip. Don’t forget to bring lunch, plenty of water, a hat, and sunscreen.
Please contact Ingrid Jackoway, if you plan to attend this trip, and provide your cell phone number.
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