Tours

Check our Tour Calendar to see scheduled dates for the tours below.  Tours scheduled per prevailing tide; substitutions/route changes available, depending on tide and group ability.

Tours launching from River Barge Park

Hackensack Meadowlands Conservation and Wildlife Area (HMCWA)
Launch from River Barge Park and take a short paddle up the Hackensack River into the narrow creeks winding  through  the Meadowlands  Conservation and Wildlife Area.  Route options include one closest to RBP, Bashes Creek, and include both Close Creek and Doctor’s Creek, which meander through the HMCWA. This trip offers winding, narrow waterways through a dedicated conservation area. Depending on tides and group, trip covers from 2-5 miles total.

Close Creek, Meadowlands Conservation & Wildlife Area

Cromakill Creek & Marsh
Launch from River Barge Park and take a short paddle up the Hackensack River, past Secaucus High School Marsh and Mill Creek Point Park into the surprisingly scenic Cromakill Creek and Marsh. Paddle under Cromakill Creek Bridge, a barn swallow nesting site despite being one of the busiest bridges on the NJ Turnpike. High tide allows access to the deeper recesses of the Cromakill and the hidden wild corners behind Secaucus strip-mall country. Depending on tides and group, trip may include part of Mill Creek and/or the Western Brackish Marsh, and covers from 3-6 miles total.

Cromakill Marsh

Mill Creek Marsh
Launch from River Barge Park and take a short paddle up the Hackensack River, past Secaucus High School Marsh and Mill Creek Point Park into Mill Creek and Mill Creek Marsh.  This trip follows the most well-marked paddle trails in the Meadowlands, and provides some of the best views of the NYC skyline. Depending on tides and group, trip may include Cromakill Creek and Marsh and/or the Western Brackish Marsh, and covers from 3-6 miles total.

Mill Creek

Bellman’s Creek
Launch from River Barge Park and paddle a mile up the Hackensack River to Bellman’s Creek. This winding creek provides the chance to encounter birds around each new corner, including the raptors that cruise the marsh skies, as well as classic old railroad bridges. This area is currently Under Threat by plans to build a new electricity generating station on the upper banks  of Bellman’s.  Bellman’s Creek is one of the longer-distance tours we offer, since it requires at least 3 miles to get to and from the entrance to the creek; total trip covers from 6-8 miles.

Bellman’s Creek

Berry’s Creek/Inlet
Launch from River Barge Park and paddle 2 miles down the Hackensack to the original Berry’s Creek (not the Canal), infamous for the highest mercury contamination in freshwater sediment in the world.  While we may not make it deeper into Berry’s Creek much past the Turnpike overpass due to a low old bridge, this is a great route that keeps you on the Hack while skirting extensive marshlands along  the river. This is another one of the longer-distance tours we offer, since it requires at least 4 miles to get to and from the entrance to Berry’s Creek; total trip covers from 4-8 miles.

Berry’s Creek

Berry’s Creek Canal
This is one of our more challenging trips, involving distance and some rough-ish water (for the Hack). Launch from River Barge Park and paddle 1.5 miles down the Hackensack River to cut into Berry’s Creek Canal, infamous for having the highest mercury contamination in sediment of any body of water in the world.  Meander behind the little-known western border of the Meadowlands Sports Complex, a world away from but still within earshot of Giants and Jets games. Berry’s Creek Canal is recommended for paddlers with at least some previous experience, as the water gets choppy where the canal meets the river.  This tour will most likely not be offered from 2019-2020 during EPA dredging operations on the creek. This is one of the longer-distance tours we offer, since it requires at least 3 miles to get to and from the entrance to the canal; total trip covers from 6-9 miles.

Berry’s Creek Canal & Route 3 Bridge

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Boy Scouts / Girl Scouts Pack Paddles
Our Boy Scouts / Girl Scouts trips are strictly limited to a maximum of 5 kids in solo kayaks for maximum personal attention, and also allow for one additional adult with or without a child in our tandem kayak.  Special rate: $100.
(Note: Kayaking BSA patch certification not available for this tour since no capsizing and boat ramp entry and exit only.)

Sundays in The Meadowlands: Join us at 11 a.m. or noon (your choice!) to ‘yak the Hack! Check our Tour Calendar for exact dates.

Third Thursday Sunset Tour:  Join us at 4 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month for a special sunset tour of the Meadowlands!  Special $5 off all regular prices for this event. Check our Tour Calendar for exact dates.


Sunset on the Hack

Deluxe Water & Land Birding Tour
Spend an unforgettable day experiencing North Jersey’s best birding: A three-hour kayak trip from River Barge Park consisting of one of our tours above (route depends on tides and group). Then take a guided 2-hour walking tour of Richard DeKorte Park for some of the best birding in NJ.  Be sure to bring your camera and some lunch for this one!

Tours launching from Laurel Hill Park

Saw Mill Creek Wildlife Management Area
Launch from Laurel Hill in Secaucus and take a short paddle across the Hackensack River into the Saw Mill Creek WMA.  Accessible during most any tide, but extra caution must be exercised at low tide to avoid getting stuck in the mudflats. Depending on tides and group, trip covers from 2-4 miles total.


Saw Mill Creek Wildlife Management Area

Hackensack River Railroad Bridges
Launch from Laurel Hill Park and paddle up the Hackensack River to view some cool railroad bridges that span the river. Depending on tides and group, trip covers from 4-8 miles total, and may include a detour through Kingsland Creek Marsh.

Kingsland Creek & Marsh
Launch from Laurel Hill Park and paddle up the Hackensack River to Kingsland Creek and Marsh, which runs along the portion of the Turnpike bordering Richard DeKorte Park–and is thus home to roosts of many of the birds that visit the park, including Yellow- and Black-Crowned Night Herons.  Depending on tides and group, trip covers from 4-7 miles total.