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Registrations Still Being Accepted For The 2008 Delaware River Sojourn

For Immediate Release

June 17, 2008

(WEST TRENTON, N.J.) -- Interested paddlers are reminded that it is not too late to register for the 14th annual Delaware River Sojourn, which will be held from Sunday, June 22 through Saturday, June 28. The sojourn combines canoeing, kayaking, camping, educational programs, and more.

The theme for this year’s sojourn is “Conserving Our Wild and Scenic River” to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Three-quarters of the non-tidal Delaware River, along with portions of several river and bay tributaries, are included in this national system. A short program celebrating this anniversary will take place on Friday, June 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Giving Pond Recreation Area in Upper Black Eddy, Pa.

The sojourn is suitable for people with varying paddling skills, and daily distances will range from six to 14 miles. Sojourners may sign up for the entire seven-day trip or for the day(s) of their choice. Participants may bring their own river-worthy boat, but aluminum canoes are not recommended.

The $70 per person daily registration fee ($50 for children age 15 and under) covers the guided river trip, canoe/kayak rental (if needed), shuttle transportation, educational programs, certain meals, a souvenir T-shirt, and optional overnight camping sites. An additional one-time $5 per person insurance fee will be charged to non-members of the American Canoe Association, which sanctions the event.

Detailed information, including registration forms and day plans, is available on the sojourn web site (hosted by the Delaware River Basin Commission) at www.delawareriversojourn.org. Registration questions may be directed to Andy Desko at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) by phone (570-828-2319) or email (andrew.desko@gmail.com). Contact Bonnie Tobin at btobin@state.pa.us for information about a limited number of scholarships for first-time paddlers.

Interested parties may fax their registration information to PEEC at 570-828-9695 from June 20 until two days prior to the day participants wish to paddle, with their cash or check payment (no credit cards) collected at that morning’s check-in. Additionally, a limited amount of “walk-in” registrants will be accepted on the morning of each sojourn day, provided that space is still available on the trip.

The non-profit, annual event is organized by a steering committee representing various organizations and government agencies in the Delaware River Basin. This year’s committee is chaired by Bonnie Tobin, Environmental Education Specialist Supervisor at Pennsylvania’s Delaware Canal State Park.


Contact: Kate O'Hara, DRBC, 609-883-9500 ext. 205, katharine.o'hara@drbc.state.nj.us