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Paddlers covered 80 miles in Delaware River Sojourn


Canoes sailed down the Delaware for the 25th Annual River Sojourn June 15-22.

“This year we are celebrating our 25th Sojourn, bringing together more public and private partners than ever before to introduce paddlers to conservation topics and educational experiences as we enjoy the Delaware River together,” said Mark Zakutansky, director of Conservation Policy Engagement for the Appalachian Mountain Club and chair of the Sojourn Steering Committee.

The paddlers covered nearly 80 miles of the main stem Delaware River, split into daily trips ranging from five to 15 miles.

The sojourn started in Narrowsburg, N.Y., heading to the Zane Grey Museum, Lackawaxen. By June 20 the canoests sailed from Bull’s Island, N.J. to Lambertville, N.J. They moved through Yardley and ended at Florence, N.J., with a stop at Pennsbury Manor.

“The sojourn is a family-friendly paddling and learning adventure, a wonderful way to discover the Delaware River and experience first-hand the unique character and diversity of its different sections,” said Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) Executive Director Steve Tambini. “The Delaware River Sojourn is one of the longest-running sojourn programs of its kind, and DRBC is proud to have been a part of the steering committee since its early years.”

The non-profit, annual event is planned by a steering committee with representatives from federal, state and local agencies, nonprofit organizations, and individual volunteers. DRBC Communications Specialist Kate Schmidt is the commission’s representative.