The tri-state area is well-known for the hustle and bustle of its big cities, but New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey are by no means lacking when it comes to outdoor adventure.
If you are a lover of canoeing and kayaking, there is a multitude of rivers, lakes and other bodies of water to launch your boat in for an afternoonï¿½s travels. Here are five must-take canoeing or kayaking trips in the tri-state to consider this summer.
Allegheny River (Pennsylvania)
The Allegheny River is perhaps the best kayaking and canoeing experience in all of the Tri-State area, offering travelers a combination of history, variety and beauty. According to TheAllegheny.com, the popular Kinzua Dam put-in leads explorers to 135 sites of historic and prehistoric significance.
Along the way are three sections all designated Wild and Scenic ï¿½ Foxburg, Tionesta and West Hickory. There are also seven National Forest islands between Buckaloons Recreation Area and Tionesta designated part of the National Wilderness Preservation System, making these areas ideal for nature-lovers.
Mullica River (New Jersey)
Those looking for a bit of a longer trip will want to consider the Atsion to Pleasant Mills run on the Mullica River, designated part of New Jerseyï¿½s Wild and Scenic River System. Much of the riverï¿½s 50-mile length, however, is ideal for quiet paddling through Pine Barrens, offering access to the Great Bay estuary and opportunities to stop and fish for striped bass and blueback herring. Bird-watchers will also want to consider the Mullica River; it serves as a natural habitat for a variety of nesting and migratory birds, including Canadian geese and osprey.
Cranberry Lake (New York)
Cranberry Lake in Upstate New York is the northern gateway to the Five Ponds Wilderness Area and offers 11 square miles of prime waters for canoers and kayakers. According to NewYorkUpstate.com, the boat launch at the Oswegatchie River is ideal for those looking to capitalize on the tranquility of the area, and the numerous campgrounds along the way enable more thorough investigation of the lakeï¿½s inlets and coves. Once camped, you and your party can take full advantage of 15 miles of foot trails located within the 24,111-acre forest. To learn more, visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/24460.html.
Clarion River Water Trail (Pennsylvania)
This 52-mile trail in Northwestern Pennsylvania exists on what was once known (but thankfully is no longer) as the most polluted river in the state. According to Paddling.net, early summer is the ideal time to traverse this Class I, which features clean water and gorgeous green vistas. Among the sights along the way is the old-growth forest in Cook Forest State Park, a registered National Natural Landmark that features an eclectic mix of white pine, hemlock and beech trees. Native wildlife along the trail includes everything from the long-tailed salamander and pickerel frog to the red-headed woodpecker and magnolia warbler.
Colgate Park (New York)
Colgate Lake Wild Forest, located in the Catskill Forest Preserve, is a popular spot for kayakers. Colgate Lake, with an area of approximately 29 acres, is perfect for paddlers looking to take in the beautiful scenery of the Catskills and the creatures that inhabit it. The park makes for a great family destination in particular, with fishing, hunting, biking and hiking all among the most popular activities. To learn more, visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/50670.html.
If you are looking to break out your craft once again, the tri-state offers no shortage of opportunities to do so. Feed your need for adventure at one or more of these locations this year.
This article is presented by Kundert Volvo in Hasbrouck Heights and Englewood, NJ.