CANOE&KAYAK, Rancocas River Paddle - Mt Holly to Lightning Jack's Marina

Date and Time

Sunday, June 30, 2024


Iron Works Park, Mt. Holly,
New Jersey, Central,


Registration is required for this activity.


Embark on a unique journey through time and nature as we paddle through the historical Mt. Holly, traverse the Oxbow, circle the Timbuctoo Historic way point, explore the State of NJ Natural Area, and follow the Rancocas State Park Water Trail (RCWT) of the North Branch of the Rancocas Creek. We'll pass by Melpine Landing and enter the confluence into the main stem of Rancocas Creek, offering a truly exceptional experience. Experience a different perspective of Rancocas Creek's main branch. As we pass under the NJ Turnpike (between exits 4 and 5), Rt. 295 (between exits 43 and 45) and Rt. 130, you'll witness tidal marshes, Pine Barrens cedar water, sandbars, backwaters, expansive vistas, and rich wildlife, including eagles, hawks, and herons. This is blackwater paddling at its finest. Launching and rounding the first bend in Mt. Holly, you'll realize the unique, remote, and enjoyable nature of paddling the Rancocas Creek. It's a journey back in time, reaching the semi-wild confluence of the North and South Branch in solitude. The unstated beauty of the local resources of Rancocas Creek is genuinely appreciable. Four hundred years of maritime heritage anchor the Creek, and paddling allows you to touch this heritage literally and figuratively. Explore Horsehead Point, Shallop blockades, creekside distilleries, the underground railroad at Timbuctoo, Native American sites, and the remains of mid-1800s sailing vessels stuck in the mud. As you paddle down, you'll gain a deeper understanding of the so-called featureless creek. Paddling on the Rancocas Creek Water Trail (RCWT) tidal sections increases the risks of tidal waters, so it's crucial to stay alert for others. Rancocas Creek is a bustling destination for jet skis, motorized boats, hunters, trappers, and anglers. Different water levels can dramatically change your views along the RCWT. The tidal reaches of the river are more suited for intermediate and expert paddlers. Remember, you paddle at your own discretion. For our friends from NYC, getting to the adventure is a breeze. Simply arrive by Greyhound/NJ Transit near the put-in and use the kayaks provided by Rancocas Pathways. Please note that a limited number of boats are available, so contact the leader for more details. Paddling is a water sport, and we will paddle in light summer rain. However, the trip is canceled in high winds, heavy rain, or if 70% or more of thunderstorms are predicted for prolonged periods of the paddle.

AMC Trip Policy



Related Link(s):

Paddling Guide of the Rancocas Creek
Rancocas Pathways Kayak Rentals
Ranocas River Water Level and Temps
Rancocas North Branch Tides
Best of the Wurst German Kitchen

Click map for driving directions
Crosswicks Creek


Paddling - Flatwater
Paddling - Canoeing

Offered By

N.Y. - North Jersey




Adults (18+)


(best time to call: NCA 10 p.m.)
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CKC Chair for NY-NoNJ Chapter. Also a flat-water leader for several years. Lead multiple trips hiking, biking, and paddling. Have organized several large group events.

Leader in Training

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