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Register Early, Save For 15th Annual Delaware River Sojourn Paddle Trip

For Immediate Release

May 7, 2009

(WEST TRENTON, N.J.) -- Earlybird savings are available for participants registering by June 1 for the 15th Annual Delaware River Sojourn taking place June 21-27, 2009.

The Delaware Sojourn, one of the oldest river sojourns in the nation, combines the experiences of guided paddling excursions with interpretive programs, camping, and camaraderie. Participants may sign up for the entire seven-day trip or for the day(s) of their choice. This year’s theme is “No One Left Inside”, encouraging people of all ages and experience levels to enjoy one of Mother Nature’s finest water parks, the wild and scenic Delaware River.

Over 65 miles of the main stem Delaware River will be paddled in 2009, split into daily trips ranging from five to thirteen miles, and will include the following stretches:

Sunday, June 21: Pond Eddy (N.Y.) to Staircase Rapids (N.Y.)
Monday, June 22: Staircase Rapids (N.Y.) to Kittatinny’s River Beach Campground (Pa.)
Tuesday, June 23: Kittatinny’s River Beach Campground to Dingmans Ferry (Pa.)
Wednesday, June 24: Shawnee on Delaware (Pa.) to Driftstone (Pa.)
Thursday, June 25: Easton (Pa.) to Riegelsville (N.J.)
Friday, June 26: Giving Pond (Pa.) to Bull’s Island (N.J.)
Saturday, June 27: Pennsauken (N.J.) to Penn’s Landing (Pa.)

The cost for Sojourners who register by June 1 is $60 per day for participants 16 and older, and $40 for ages 15 and under. There is a one-time insurance fee of $5 per person for this event sanctioned by the American Canoe Association, except for current ACA members. Further discount opportunities are available for first-time adult paddlers on the Delaware River Sojourn. Add $10 to the rates for registrations made after June 1.

Registration fees cover the guided river trip, canoe or kayak rental, shuttle transportation, educational programs, most meals, a souvenir T-shirt, and optional overnight camping sites. Participants may bring their own river-worthy boat, but please note that aluminum canoes are not recommended. 

Space is limited, so please register early! Additional information, including registration details, event guidelines, photos, and more, is available on the sojourn web site www.delawareriversojourn.org. A new feature being offered this year is the ability to register online using Paypal. Registration-related questions and discount availability inquiries may be directed to Troy Bystrom at (646) 205-2723 or udpc@udpc.net. 

The non-profit, annual event is organized by a steering committee comprised of representatives from federal, state, and local agencies, non-profit organizations, and individual volunteers, all of whom work and/or live within the Delaware River Basin. This year's committee is co-chaired by a representative from the National Canoe Safety Patrol and from the Delaware River Basin Commission. 


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