Paddling on the Delaware River
River conditions can vary depending on the section of the river that you are paddling and water height. As you paddle a section of the river, conditions may change from flat water to Class I to Class II rapids. Skill levels from beginner to experienced all enjoy paddling on the Delaware River. Your typical sojourner ranges in age from 5 to 80 years and may travel from all over the country to participate in the Sojourn.
The National Canoe Safety Patrol works along with the Sojourn to enhance participants' paddling skills and to ensure that all paddlers are safe while on the water.
There are a number of different types boats that people paddle on the Sojourn as shown below.
The Sojourn registration fee includes rental of a kayak, paddle, and life jacket. Our livery, Northeast Wilderness Experience (NEWE), provides the equipment and uses kayaks manufactured by Emotion. Two different lengths (10' or 12') of single kayaks are offered; which length is best for you is determined by your body type.
Along with the boat, a paddle and life jacket are provided. Sojourn participants must wear a life jacket at all times while on the water. Skirts are not included or required for the Sojourn. Helmets, skirts, and other safety equipment are recommended, but are optional, unless otherwise noted in the day plans.