Paddle South Branch of Raritan river (Clinton to Darts Mills)

Date and Time

Saturday, May 13, 2017, 11:00AM - 5:00PM


Ramsey Rd, Clinton, NJ 08809,
New Jersey, Central,


Registration is required for this activity.


Paddle an easy 10-mile paddle on the South Branch of the Raritan River from Clinton to Darts Mills with a few riffles that vary with water levels. The river meanders through fields and woods covered with wild roses. We start at the Clinton Put-in located at the end of Ramsey Road. This trip is a gentle section through woodlands and fields. After 0.5 miles, the river opens to two large ponds created by dirt removal during the construction of Interstate Route 78. We will explore the ponds for turtles and frogs. Then will exit the ponds by staying on the left side. After passing under the Hamden Road Bridge, we will approach the Round Valley pumping station and a dam which will require a very easy portage on grass. We then continue and to stop for lunch at Camp Car (real bathrooms available). From Camp Car, we will continue down the river. When we reach Packer's Island it is best to stay in the left channel. After passing under the Route 31 Bridge, in 1.3 miles past Packer's Island the river will parallel route 523 on our right. The Darts Mill take-out is on the right about 350 yards before the bridge. A total of 10 Miles and about 5 to 6 hours with a lunch/bio stop. Kayak or Canoe OK. Recommend no boats over 12 Feet. Rentals are available via EMS in Bridgewater. Participant is responsible for getting the boat from EMS to the riverside. Early Out for a shorter trip at Camp Carr can be arranged. All details will be sent to registered participant one week before scheduled day. Arrive at put-in by 11:00 am. Be ready for a shuttle by 11:30 pm. This will get us on the river by 12:30 pm or earlier. This trip will be postponed or canceled if there is heavy rain, 70% chance or better pending heavy thunderstorms, or water level that is below 4.0 or above 9.0 feet, as per USGS 01397420 Gauge. Kayaking is all weather sport so we will go in light rain. Your RSVP is REQUIRED at least 2 days before the event. Please call the trip leader after 8 AM on the day of the event to confirm that you are coming and that the trip is on. RENTALS: Available at Bridgewater EMS Store You will need to car-top your own boat to put in. Please call ahead to EMS to make prior arrangements, and you MUST be able to "car-top" the boat to the put-in. EMS is located on the Somerville Circle in Bridgewater, NJ, which is about 10 miles and 20 minutes away from the put-in.

AMC Trip Policy



Past participants say...

This is a joint event with: Raritan Headwaters Hunterdon County Canoe (and kayak) Club

Related Link(s):

Bridgewater EMS
Raritan Headwaters Association
USGS Water Gage in Stanton
YouTube of Paddling the South Branch

Driving Directions

The dope sheet will be sent out to registered participants one week prior to the event.

Raritan River


Paddling - Flatwater
Paddling - Canoeing

Offered By

N.Y. - North Jersey




Must have basic paddle skills, Not for Novice


Adults (18+)


AMC Paddle leader for five years and Bike Leader for one year. lead multiple trips hiking, biking and paddling with several other groups as well. Have organized several large-scale group events.