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kayakerinme
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I'm not usually hanging out in this forum but I'm trying to do a little advance planning...

 

There is a small group of us headed by car from Maine to NC for Geowoodstock5. Along the way there'll be caching, caching, and more caching. We three really like kayak caching so we're looking to bring our sea kayaks along and do some kayaking along the way. We'll be passing through NJ, PA, MD, VA, etc. generally along the I-95 corridor but will head farther away as necessary. We generally do fresh water, flatwater kayaking but sea kayaking in protected areas is okay too.

 

Any recommendations for specific caches that require a canoe/kayak?

 

Any recommendations for a kayak trip that may not involve a cache but would be memorable for a morning or an afternoon paddle?

 

Thanks for any suggestions you might send!

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http://www.geocaching.com/bookmarks/view.a...b8-6d02493cd6eb

 

Not the last word but a start

 

http://www.geocaching.com/map/getmap.aspx?...p;lon=-74.43537

 

Suggest you might want to check out the location depicted on Map, if you have but one place in Northern NJ to visit on your way through, it is not too far from Rt287 a major southbound route. The only drawback is that it is popular with kayakers from New York and it was a featured destination in the New York Times. :lol:

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I agree with Packanack - Splitrock Reservoir is a good bet with a number of paddle-to's and its a fairly decent size, I think about 3 miles long. Its also very scenic and was pretty secluded, although I believe some development is just beginning to encroach :laughing: . I spent a whole day there in the summer grabbing the paddle caches.

 

If you are more interested in river paddling, there are a number of nice rivers in Wharton State Forest (Batsto, Mullica, Oswego). There are a bunch of paddle caches along them as well:

 

Wharton State Forest

 

They are relatively calm rivers...some occasional log jams here and there but generally not a problem. I have done them all and consider myself a novice kayaker.

 

I haven't kayaked any of the north NJ rivers yet so can't say to much about them, but there is this cache on the Rockaway River that I hope to do sometime:

 

Rockaway Paddle Cache

 

None of these areas are right next to the turnpike (95), but then the state isn't all that wide, so they aren't too far away :blink:

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agree with Packanack - Splitrock Reservoir is a good bet with a number of paddle-to's and its a fairly decent size, I think about 3 miles long. Its also very scenic and was pretty secluded, although I believe some development is just beginning to encroach sad.gif . I spent a whole day there in the summer grabbing the paddle caches.

 

I agree that Splitrock Reservoir in NJ is a good choice. There are several island caches and a number along the shore that range from right on the shoreline to a 15 minute walk. You can spend a few hours there, or all day. Its 4 miles end to end and ranges from a few hundred yards wide to a half mile.

 

The carry from parking to the launch is only about 100 feet.

 

Splitrock is about 35 minutes from 95. Here is a destination report from paddling.net

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Check out "The Upper Yough Trek" in western Maryland. It is awsum!!!!!! We hiked it, but it is kayakable.

 

And don't forget, On some lakes in PA, you need a permit on your kayak. I think it is only $18, but you can get fined if you don't have it. Check out the state parks website for more info.

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If you're passing by, you have to do the New River and/or the Gauley in WV.

 

Absolutely guaranteed to be a memorable trip!

 

I'm not sure where this might be. Do you have a cache or two that are closeby or perhaps some coordinates for launching?

 

Thank you very much for the recommendations!

 

Here’s the coordinates to the Canyon Rim Visitor’s Center at the New River Gorge Bridge. It’s the tallest single span arch bridge in the world. One side of the road closes down one day a year to allow for base jumping. The landing spot below is known as Fayette Station and is a common take out point for kayakers and rafters – sinkers and floaters alike – as well as a good spot for photographers (I have many pics from that spot).

 

N38 04.351 W81 04.460

 

Nearby caches:

http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest.asp...40&dist=100

 

Outfitters:

Highly recommend Class VI (http://www.class-vi.com/), and you can get additional results from this google search: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=w...G=Google+Search

 

Class VI, Songer, Appalachian, and Rivers Resort all can be very helpful. Also, the WV Department of Tourism site here might help, too: http://www.wvtourism.com/

 

Let me know if you’re coming through. If I don’t go to GW5, I’d still like to meet the person who make one of the coolest sets of coins I have. ;)

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