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Mullica River - Kayak Trip / Canoe Trip

Report Type: Weekend Trip Report
Trip Dates: July 11-13, 2008
Nearest City: Atsion, NJ
Difficulty: Moderate
Submitted by: dgrupper

Description:

On Friday night my son and I camped at Goshen Pond, a primitive campsite with water and pit toilets. The put in is below the pond. Despite the many strainers and beaver dams, the Mullica is worth the trip. It's quiet and the terrain is varied.

We crossed Atsion Lake, which has a large recreation facility. You will need to portage LEFT of the dam, despite the advice in Robert Parnes' otherwise helpful guide.

From Goshen, it's a full day's paddle to camping at the Mullica River camp site, which also has water and toilets.

We took out at Pleasant Mills. You can leave a car there or at Bastso Village, a short walk away.

Be aware that local roads are made of sand. I made the mistake of thinking I could easily bike the 11 miles from Goshen pond to Pleasant Mills.

Accommodations:

Primitive Camping with water and toilets

Outfitting:

Northern paddler 17' canoe

Fees:

Camping and fire permits from Atsion Park Headquarters (609) 268-0444.
There is a small fee and they require that the permits be picked up personally.

Directions:

New Jersey Turnpike S to exit 7 to merge onto US-206 S
Drive 28 miles and look for the park office between Tabernacle and Hammonton on the left side of 206.
Right on Atsion Road and look for the entrance to Goshen Pond on your left.

Resources:

"Paddling the Jersey Pine Barrens" by Robert Parnes

Maps are here:
www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/wharton.html


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