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Registrations Still Being Accepted For Delaware River Sojourn

For Immediate Release

June 14, 2007

(WEST TRENTON, N.J.)  -- Interested paddlers are reminded that it is not too late to register for the Delaware River Sojourn to be held June 24-30. 

The 13th annual event combines canoeing, kayaking, camping, educational programs, and more.  The theme for this year’s sojourn is “Celebrating Native American Culture,” which recognizes the river valley’s first settlers.

This year's trip will cumulatively paddle over 80 miles of the Delaware River and selected tributaries -- the Lackawaxen River in northeastern Pa., renowned for its Class I, II, and II+ whitewater, and the North Branch of the tidal Rancocas Creek in Burlington County, N.J.  Monday, June 25’s trip on the Lackawaxen River is made possible by a recreational release from Lake Wallenpaupack by PPL Corporation. 

The sojourn is suitable for people with varying paddling skills.  Sojourners may sign up for the entire seven-day trip or for the day(s) of their choice.  Distances paddled will range from eight to 15 miles daily, and participants may bring their own river-worthy boat.  Additional safety-related requirements will apply on Monday, June 25.

The $65 per person daily registration fee ($45 for non-paddling children age 12 and under riding in the parents’ canoe) covers the guided river trip, canoe/kayak/raft rental (if needed), shuttle transportation, educational programs, certain meals, a souvenir T-shirt, and optional overnight camping sites.  An additional one-time $5 per person insurance fee will be charged to non-members of the American Canoe Association, which sanctions the event.

Detailed information, including registration forms and day plans, are available on the sojourn web site (hosted by the Delaware River Basin Commission) at www.delawareriversojourn.org.  Registration questions may be directed to Andy Desko at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) by phone (570-828-2319) or email (andrew.desko@gmail.com).  Contact Bonnie Tobin at btobin@state.pa.us for information about a limited number of scholarships for first-time paddlers and K-12 teachers.

In addition to mailing in registration forms, interested parties may also fax their registration information to PEEC at 570-828-9695.  Faxed registrations will only be accepted from June 22 until two days prior to the day participants want to paddle, with their payment collected at that morning’s check-in.  Additionally, a limited amount of “walk-in” registrants will be accepted on the morning of each sojourn day, provided that space is still available on the trip.

The non-profit, annual event is organized by a steering committee representing various organizations and government agencies in the Delaware River Basin.  This year’s committee is chaired by Bonnie Tobin, Environmental Education Specialist Supervisor at Pennsylvania’s Delaware Canal State Park.


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