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Paddling in the Pine Barrens

The Bus is headed to the Pine Barrens on September 21 for kayaking and canoing down the Wading River.
To secure your seat on the bus:
 1. fill out the following form and click Submit
 2. send your contribution
by clicking the Pay Now button under it, or mail a check (payable to Bus For Progress) to Kathy Maher at 1201 Evergreen Ave, Ocean, NJ 07712.


In 2012, the Bus for Progress drove a fabulous crew to paddle the Batsto River.  This year we are headed deeper into the pines to paddle the Wading - a favorite of many!  Mid-September is a wonderful time - the crowds are gone, the water is warm for swimming, and there may still be wild blueberries to pick. 

The River
Besides a small tract in Long Island, the Pine Barrens ecosystem occurs nowhere else in the world.  Due to its uniqueness, it's a protected State Park.  The water is dark red in color.  We'll paddle through pine and cedar forests, with lots of opportunities to see pitcher (carnivorous) plants, turtles, deer, beaver, osprey and maybe an eagle?  Nature abounds everywhere!

Before widening, the slow moving river starts out narrow with twists and turns.  Beginners are welcome - we'll have experienced kayakers with us to give tips and advice.  The trip is great for kids too - the minimum age is 5.  We'll be on the river between 4 and 5 hours.

Check out the photos from last year, and a fun YouTube video.

The bus departs from Andy and Toka's house in Jackson at approximately 9:00 AM.  We'll travel down the Garden State Parkway to Chatsworth.  If there is enough interest, we can stop at exit 82 (Route 37) in Toms River. When we arrive at the outfitter, they will supply us with canoes, kayaks, paddles and life preservers. They will drop us off on the river, and bring us back.

On the Bus
The Bus for Progress is a very fun and comfortable way to travel. With a full restroom, couches, tables, chairs, a microwave, coffee maker and cooler, you'll enjoy the ride and make new friends along the way.

On the way home, if all are in favor, we'll stop for an early dinner - and swap paddling stories! We should return to Jackson before 8 PM.

What to Bring
You'll want to bring sun block, drinks, lunch, snacks and wet shoes. Alcohol is not allowed on the river.

Cost per person (including transportation)
  • Single kayak rental: $62.
  • Canoe or double kayak rental: $48.
  • Your own single kayak: $45. (We'll tie the boat to the bus roof.)
  • Your own canoe or double kayak: $35.
$27 ($25 for  "Bus Drivers") reserves your space; the balance will be due the morning of the trip. Proceeds go to support the Bus for Progress and its non-profit organization.

We need a minimum of 16 people to make this trip happen - so please sign up today!  Invite a friend or family member.  Once we have 25 people, the bus is full and the trip closed. Click to see our cancellation policy. If the weather is rainy, or there is a strong chance of thunderstorms, we'll cancel the trip and everyone will get a full refund. There is no rain date.

We work hard to protect the environment.  This is a fabulous opportunity to reconnect with nature and remember why wild places are so important.  Join us for a day of great fun!

Email us with any questions.