Sojourn Overview and General Information
Update about the 2020 Delaware River Sojourn:
On April 27, 2020, the Delaware River Sojourn Steering Committee announced the cancellation of the 2020 Delaware River Sojourn, which was scheduled for June 20 - 26, with a volunteer river cleanup the day prior.
Given the continued need for mitigation measures to keep people safe and to further control the spread of the coronavirus, we are unable to provide the Sojourn that we planned for this year. We were very excited for our program Focus on Fish, and we realized that we we'd rather wait a year and offer the program we planned, rather than offer a very abbreviated version. While social distancing sounds easy on the water, there are many other aspects of the Sojourn where it would be difficult at best. And, most importantly, we want to keep people safe. The people make the Sojourn, we could not do it without you!
While our 2020 trip is canceled, we will be keeping up to date on best practices regarding group trips as we hit the late summer and early fall. If allowed, perhaps a day trip or two will be able to be scheduled and coordinated.
We will keep you posted regarding any new information, but in the meantime, please stay safe, stay healthy, and SAVE the DATES for the 2021 Sojourn!
2021 DELAWARE RIVER SOJOURN: JUNE 19-26
FOCUS ON FISH
An overview for the 2021 will be available in the spring 2021, but here are the draft planned stretches being paddled & camping locations:
- Friday, June 18: volunteer river cleanup in Hancock, N.Y. Camping opens Friday night at Northeast Wilderness Experience (NEWE), Equinunk, Pa.
- Saturday, June 19: paddle Fireman’s Field, Hancock to Buckingham, Pa. Camp at NEWE.
- Sunday, June 20: paddle Buckingham to NEWE Camp. Camp at NEWE.
- Monday, June 21: paddle NEWE Camp to Damascus, Pa. Camp at NEWE.
- Tuesday, June 22: paddle Damascus to Narrowsburg, N.Y. Travel to next camp – Driftstone, Mt. Bethel, Pa.
- Wednesday, June 23: paddle Minisink Park, Pa. on the Brodhead Creek to Driftstone (on the Delaware River). Camp at Driftstone.
- Thursday, June 24: paddle Driftstone to Martins Creek, Pa. Camp at Driftstone.
- Friday, June 25: paddle Easton, Pa. to Riegelsville, N.J. Camping location TBD.
- Saturday, June 26: stay tuned for info on this day!
Getting on Board:
- You may choose to paddle the entire Sojourn or you may register for the section(s) or day(s) of your choice. Spaces are limited, so register early!
- And remember ... we paddle rain or shine! Should there be unsafe high water, alternate activities will be offered and planned meals/camping will still be provided.
- By registering, you are granting the Sojourn permission to use your image in future Sojourn promotional and educational materials.
The Delaware River Sojourn is a non-profit event and is planned and priced as a package. It typically costs more to put on the Sojourn than what we take in, and contributions of time, goods, and services from our many sponsors and supporters allow us to keep participant costs as low as possible. The Sojourn Committee is ever appreciative of the donations, grants, and in-kind services that it receives.
Registration fees for 2019 were as follows (2021 info tbd):
ADULT (Over 15): $90/day
CHILD (15 and Under): $60/day
There is also an American Canoe Association (ACA) insurance fee of $5 per person for the entire trip, except for current ACA members. Please download and complete the below waivers and bring with you to registration.
Our livery Northeast Wilderness Experience (NEWE) also has a waiver that each participant renting a kayak must sign: Download NEWE Waiver
- Guided river trip, single or tandem kayak rental (with paddle and PFD; tandem kayaks come with seats), shuttle/livery transportation to and/or from launch and take-out sites, educational programs, meals, and camping sites.
- Participants may bring their own boats and must bring their own camping equipment.
- Registration fees are by the day and include up to three meals and one night of camping. Extra fees may be incurred if you plan to take advantage of the offer to camp and have dinner the night before your paddle as well as the night after your paddle is over (for example: joining for 4 days/5 nights, instead of 4 days/4 nights).
First-Time Paddlers Discount:
Stay tuned for details on this offering for 2021!
In 2019, discount details/instructions were the following:
- Must be an ADULT first-timer (over 15) on the Delaware River Sojourn.
- The discount is $25 off (roughly 30%) of the registration fee for your first day of paddle on the Sojourn.
- This offer is limited to 40 total requests.
- Offer given on a first-come basis, with priority to first-time paddlers who are planning to join the Sojourn for more than one day.
- Let Dejay know in your email why you're interested in the discount and how many total days you plan on participating. Dejay will reply with your approval and will send you an invoice for your total registration, minus the discount.
- Once you receive the invoice, you can pay through Paypal. Given other time commitments (Dejay has a full-time job), this process may take several days.
- The Sojourn reserves the right to assign rental boats to individuals based on height and weight.
- Registration in 2021 will be online only.
- You may use your own river-worthy boat (canoe or kayak) or rent one- or two-person kayaks from the Sojourn (shuttle transportation and rental costs are already included in the sojourn registration fee).
- The registration fee is the same if you bring your own vessel. The shuttling/handling of the boats is costly to the livery we use, which is why the fee is the same regardless if you bring your boat or not.
- If renting a tandem kayak, two paddling participants are allowed per boat and seats will be provided.
- If bringing a canoe, up to two participants are allowed per boat, except that non-paddling children under age 12 may ride as a third person in a parent's canoe.
- Life jackets and paddles are provided with rentals.
- All participants must wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device (PFD) at all times on the river.
- Aluminum and wooden canoes are not recommended.
Shuttles and Gear:
- Leave your vehicle at the rendezvous/registration site each day.
- Shuttles will transport you and your boat to and from the put-in or take-out.
- Your camping gear will stay with your vehicle.
- We paddle rain or shine, so bring rain gear, extra sweaters, hat, sunscreen, eyeglass retainers, sunglasses, and a long sleeve shirt. Wear river shoes, river sandals, or old sneakers. Bring waterproof containers for gear. Bring a camp or folding chair for evening/campfire programs.
Meals and Camping:
- Two to three meals are provided daily during the Sojourn. In 2021, on travel days between campsites, dinners will be on-your-own.
- Sorry, we cannot accommodate special diets, although we do offer vegetarian meal options.
- Camping is provided at commercial and state campgrounds (included in the registration fee). All sites have toilets (flush or pit), drinking water, and emergency access. Some sites may not have showers, and in those cases, we try to secure access to off-site showers when possible.
- Alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the river. We fully abide by the alcohol policies of the campgrounds in which we stay.
Please note that there are excellent Bed & Breakfasts (B&Bs) all along the Delaware and in the Delaware Valley. For other accommodations contact:
- New Jersey Travel and Tourism; www.state.nj.us/travel/wtstay_accomodations.html
- New York State Tourism; www.iloveny.com
- Pennsylvania Tourism Office; www.visitpa.com
- Delaware Tourism Office; www.visitdelaware.com
- Upper Delaware Council; www.upperdelawarecouncil.org
- Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau, Inc.; 1-800-POCONOS; www.PoconoMountains.com
- Northwest New Jersey Skylands; www.njskylands.com
- Lehigh Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau; www.discoverlehighvalley.com
- Bucks County Conference and Visitors Bureau; www.visitbuckscounty.com
- Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau; 215-636-3300; www.pcvb.org
- Sojourn organizers make every effort to provide participants with a safe trip, and we are insured and sanctioned by the American Canoe Association.
- Our Safety Team consists of National Canoe Safety Patroll members who go through and maintain yearly swift-water rescue training.
- Every sojourn participant must sign a waiver and follow the instructions of the safety staff. Failure to follow instructions and/or engaging in unsafe activity will result in termination of your trip without refund.
- Canoe/kayak and safety instruction is provided each morning. Attendance at morning safety instruction is mandatory.