Many outdoor enthusiasts regard paddling a canoe or kayak as one of the best ways to experience the Pinelands up-close. A number of privately owned canoe/kayak rental agencies or "liveries," are located throughout the area, offering trips down such rivers as the Mullica, Batsto, Oswego, and the Wading. A trip down one of these Pinelands waterways can last from 1 to 6 hours, depending on the route you choose and the river conditions. Some liveries may arrange overnight trips.
Wharton State Forest (609-561-0024) features seven canoe campsites along the Mullica, Batsto and West Branch of the Wading Rivers. Most liveries are open through October and into November depending on the weather. When planning your journey down a Pinelands waterway, it is a good idea to contact a rental agency to find out about river conditions, prices, and the need for reservations. Be sure to ask your rental agent for tips to help make your trip as safe as possible.
Also remember that the Pinelands are a delicate ecosystem. As you enjoy the Pinelands, please be sure to treat the area with respect to help preserve the natural and scenic resources of the region.
The following canoe and kayak liveries are listed for the convenience of Pinelands visitors, and in no way does the Pinelands Commission endorse any of these. Other vendors may be available. The information below is subject to change and the Pinelands Commission does not guarantee its accuracy.
Click here to be directed to an interactive map of canoe and kayak liveries.