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Delaware River Sojourn: June 20-26, 2020 - Upper and Middle Delaware River (Volunteer cleanup scheduled for June 19)

Nature or Outdoor Event

Sojourners hold their paddles high to celebrate completing the first day of the 2012 Delaware River Sojourn at the takeout in Milanville, Pa. – Dejay Branch, National Canoe Safety Patrol

Accessibility Notes

As this is a paddling and camping trip, there is limited accessibility for those who may be in need. However, we have had prior experience making accommodations for those with limited mobility; contact us for more info.

Ages Event is Appropriate For

The Delaware River Sojourn is a paddling trip (kayaking/canoeing). It is geared for folks of all ages and experience levels, but children must be old enough to be properly fitted with a life jacket.

The Delaware River Sojourn is a seven-day guided paddling trip on the nationally-designated wild and scenic Delaware River, combining canoeing/kayaking, camping (optional), educational programs, historical interpretation, and more. The Sojourn is designed for people of all ages & experience levels; our guides from the National Canoe Safety Patrol provide basic paddling guidance & safety instruction. Paddlers may join the entire trip or selected days of their choice. The Sojourn is sanctioned & insured by the American Canoe Association.

The theme of the 2020 Sojourn - our 26th Annual - is Focus on Fish!

Here's the draft itinerary (Dec. 2019):

Friday, June 19 (Day 0): volunteer river cleanup in Hancock, N.Y. Camping opens Friday night at Northeast Wilderness Experience (NEWE), Equinunk, Pa.
Saturday, June 20 (Day 1): paddle Fireman’s Field, Hancock to Buckingham, Pa. Camp at NEWE.
Sunday, June 21 (Day 2): paddle Buckingham to NEWE Camp. Camp at NEWE.
Monday, June 22 (Day 3): paddle NEWE Camp to Damascus, Pa. Camp at NEWE.
Tuesday, June 23 (Day 4): paddle Damascus to Narrowsburg, N.Y. Travel to next camp – Driftstone, Mt. Bethel, Pa.
Wednesday, June 24 (Day 5): paddle Minisink Park, Pa. on the Brodhead Creek to Driftstone (on the Delaware River). Camp at Driftstone.
Thursday, June 25 (Day 6): paddle Driftstone to Martins Creek, Pa. Camp at Driftstone.
Friday, June 26 (Day 7): paddle Easton, Pa. to Riegelsville, N.J. No camping, sojourn over.

Daily paddles on the Sojourn average about 10 miles, with stops for lunch, educational lessons, and swim breaks. Registration fees cover the guided river trip, single or tandem kayak rental (with paddle and life jacket; 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.

The Sojourn's purpose is to heighten awareness of and appreciation for the Delaware River and its watershed, which flows through New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Guided by the philosophy that by getting people out on the water and experiencing it firsthand, they too become its stewards, the Delaware River Sojourn helps protect the river and its environs for present and future generations.

Part of the Sojourn's stewardship focus involves introducing youth to paddling the river through the Delaware River Sojourn Youth Paddle Program. We are asking group leaders who may be interested in taking advantage of this funding opportunity in 2020 to please email Clarence Gardiner at [email protected]. Information on the program can be found at

Join the Delaware River Sojourn and experience a fun, recreational adventure, which celebrates family, friends, and the great outdoors! Come out and paddle the Delaware River, the longest un-dammed river east of the Mississippi.

For complete information, including registration details, please visit the Delaware River Sojourn web site at If you are interested in joining our email notification list, please email [email protected].

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are not allowed on the Delaware River Sojourn.


Registration fees for 2020 are coming soon. In addition to the daily rate, there is a one-time $5 ACA insurance fee for every participant that is not a current ACA member.