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The section of the canal that I am familiar with is the section from Griggstown to Manville, about an 8-mile stretch. There are no locks on this stretch, but there are several very low bridges (I have to duck down even in my kayak.) The canal seems to be about 60' wide.
There are several places to put in along the canal in this section since county roads often run alongside or cross the canal. Most areas are wooded to either side, sometimes residences, generally older ones, border the canal. A tow path on the west side is used by fishermen, bikers, hikers, and horse riders. I paddled this area more than once with my young children. The sheltered, placid conditions were a good setting for getting them used to our kayak. Flora and fauna noted were consistent with still waters, including many turtles, ducks, various birds, as well a lily pad and other standing aquatic vegetation in some spots along the sides of the canal. Reportedly, cat fishing is good here.
Paddle this if you are looking for serene sheltered water and a quite escape. In the past I have launched from the park adjacent to the ambulance building in East Millstone, as well as from the dock in Colonial Park in Somerset, and some folks launch from access points at the bridge crossings, where there is often limited parking.
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