Bergen SWAN is sponsoring a guided paddle of Lake Tappan Reservoir and beyond, led by naturalist Nancy Slowik, on Sunday, Sept. 9, from 3 to 6 p.m.
The paddle launches from a ramp at the southern end of the reservoir. After a safety and paddle technique introduction from an Eastern Mountain Sports veteran kayaker, we will travel north through what is known as the 40 Foot Hole and then further north through the bewildering lovely Spatterdock Marsh.
Nancy will provide insights into the flora and fauna and seasonally changing landscapes of these unique sections of the Upper Hackensack River Watershed. Full info, including cost and kayak availability, is here.
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More info follows.
Participation in the paddle is limited to 20 boats, on a first-come, first served, pre-registration basis. With advance arrangements through Bergen SWAN, kayak rentals (15 total), paddles, and PFDs from EMS will be available at the paddle site.
Participants may opt to bring their own boats and equipment. Entry fees are $30 per one-person kayak rental, $40 per tandem kayak, and $20 for those who bring their own boats ($10 additional for an extra passenger).
Refreshments and informational handouts will be provided for the entry fee. All proceeds will benefit Bergen SWAN, a watershed protection group for the Upper Hackensack River Watershed.
To pre-register, get full instructions and directions, pre-arrange a kayak rental, or find out more, call 201-666-1877 or email [email protected], subject Spatterdock Marsh.
Advance payment for the event is due by September 7, and may be made via PayPal (see the website, www.bergenswan.org) or by check payable to Bergen SWAN (mail to: P.O. Box 217,
Westwood, NJ, 07675).
The Paddle on and North of Lake Tappan is made possible through the cooperation and
generosity of United Water New Jersey.