Let the water carry you down stream!
On Canoe trips, all of the group camping gear, food, and personal equipment get piled into the canoes and are carried downstream by the current as you paddle along. Canoe trips paddle down the Delaware River, passing through New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania (and some groups cross "Tri-State Rock" at the junction of all three states). Canoe mileage varies depending on how quickly the stream is flowing, but usually 4-8 hours/ day are spent on the water.
OA provides all of the canoe specific equipment that the group will need--canoes, paddles, PFDs, and dry bags-- in addition to the general camping equipment (tents, stoves, etc.). The experienced canoe leaders will teach you basic strokes and manuevers before you set off, and will assist you as you continue to gain confidence over the course of the week. The whitewater trips will tackle Class I & II rapids. The flat water trips start fruther down stream, where the river has widened and becomes flatwater-- the current is so gentle it seems like lake paddling at time.
Canoe trips stay at a mixture of campgrounds (with access to bathrooms) and more primitive campsites along the river. One of the big advantages of canoeing is the ability to go swimming every day!
In planning for a canoe trip, be sure to pack a bathing suit and other clothing made from quick-drying material. You'll need a pair of shoes that you can wear in the water but won't come off your feet in the current: water sandals with a back strap (Tevas, Chacos, Keens) or old sneakers work well. Flip flops and sandals that are not secured to your foot are not appropriate.
Backpacking & Canoeing
Backpacking & Canoeing trips combine 2 of our most popular activities. You'll spend half the trip paddling down the Delaware River and the other half hiking along the Appalachian Trail in the Delaware Water Gap. Throughout the trip, your group will come together as you experience new adventures together. At the end of the day, regardless of activity, you'll come together to cook dinner and set up your familiar tents.