Welcome to Cedar Creek’s Paddling Headquarters
Cedar Creek Campground is a full-service outfitter: we rent kayaks and canoes and we transport you up stream for a day on the water. But here’s the best part, after a good day of paddling there is no waiting for the van to arrive. You simply arrive, right back at our campground to hot showers and restrooms. You can freshen up for a night on the town or simply a relaxing ride home.
About Cedar Creek
Cedar Creek: A Truly Unique Paddling Experience for Newbies and Experienced Paddlers Alike.
Here’s what makes Cedar Creek so unique:
First, there’s the water color. It’s “tea colored” because of tannic acid from the roots of the cedars lining the river banks. A canopy of trees covers you as you paddle.
Then there is the flow: You won’t see a riff of white water, but you will experience a strong, steady current, flowing through twists and turns and jug handle bends. Canoeing teams will test their skills and their relationships anticipating each twist in the river.
And then there is the ecological function of Cedar Creek: From its headwaters in Greenwood Forest Management Area to its mouth at Barnegat Bay, Cedar Creek provides the water required for cranberry culture and supplies a pure source of water for wildlife. Adjacent bogs and uplands provide examples of plants characteristic to the Pine Barrens. Almost 89% of the Cedar Creek drainage area is forested land. Habitats of this waterway, typical to the Pine Barrens, include Atlantic white cedar swamps, bogs (including cranberry bogs), pine and oak forests, and coastal salt marshes. Throughout this beautiful watershed, you will find wildlife and unique plant species.
What to Wear, What to Bring…
Water is wet! There, we went and said it! Wearing clothes that do not dry quickly is NOT a good idea! And the creek is that famous tea color, so bringing your car keys is NOT a good idea either! If you go into the drink, they’ll go with you and we dare you to find them! (We’ll hold them for you back at Paddling HQ)
Here’s our best advice for a happy day on the creek:
- Wear a bathing suit or athletic shorts and top that dry quickly.
- Wear water shoes or old sneakers because creek beds are filled with stones, sticks and the like. It’s best to have something on your feet.
- Bring a hat and sun screen
- If you wear glasses, we suggest picking up a pair of “Croakies” to hold them to your head. You can find croakies (and other brands) at athletic stores or in our gift shop. Or wear contacts.
- A day on the creek gets everyone hungry, there are plenty of places for a picnic lunch. We suggest:
- Packing sandwiches in double ziplock bags and putting them in a small cooler
- Bringing water for drinking (preferably in a cooler too)
REMEMBER: there are no trash cans along the way, so what you bring in, you must bring out. Plastic water bottles and the like are hazardous to wildlife.
We want you smiling at the end of the day so … DO NOT BRING
- Smartphones (leave them in your car)
- Cameras (leave them in your car)
- Car keys (leave them with us)
— you have no choice but to unplug on the creek 🙂
Our Kayak & Canoe livery will take you up stream to one of 3 locations. And here’s the best part: After a beautiful day on the creek, there’s no waiting around in cold, wet clothes as the sun sets for a pickup. Just paddle right down river to the abandoned rail bridge and pull your boats out there. You’ll arrive steps away from our campground and a warm shower (whether or not you are a registered overnight guest at Cedar Creek Campground) — how great is that? Super great!
Here are our upstream departure locations and approximate length of time it takes to get downstream to Cedar Creek Campground:
Ore Pond Put In: 4 Hour Paddle
Double Trouble Put In: 3 Hour Paddle
Western Blvd. Put in: 1 Hour Paddle
Departures are from Cedar Creek’s Paddling HQ. Contact the office for departure times and availability
For Reservations Call: (732)269-1413 or (908)783-9884
Paddle times are approximate depending on the speed of the river and the muscles in your arms.
Canoe & Kayak Rental Rates
2018 CANOE RENTAL RATES
All prices for all trips are based on two people and include paddles, lifejackets, transportation and all applicable taxes.
(* Indicates an additional deposit required)
|Type of Boat||Weekdays||Weekends & Holidays|
|Old Town Discovery 169||$66.50||$75.00|
|Old Town Discovery 158||$65.00||$70.00|
|Grumman Aluminum 17′||$66.00||$72.00|
|Grumman Aluminum 15′||$62.00||$67.00|
|Additional Person in Canoe||$17.50||$20.00|
|Seat Cushion Rental||$5.00||$5.00|
|Kayak Paddle Upgrade||$5.00||$5.00|
2018 KAYAK RENTAL RATES
All prices for all trips are based on one person and include paddles, lifejackets, transportation and all applicable taxes.
(** Indicates rates for two)
Ocean Kayak Sit on Top
|Model/Type||Weekdays||Weekends & Holidays|
|Ocean Kayak Sit on Top|
|Malibu II (sit on top)**||$67.50||$70.00|
|Scrambler XT (sit on top)||$57.00||$62.00|
|Seat Back Rental||$5.00||$5.00|
|Old Town Models|
|Loon 111 (sit-in)||$55.00||$60.00|
|Loon 138 (sit-in)||$57.50||$62.50|
|Loon 140T (two person)||$68.00||$75.00|
|Loon 160T (two person)||$70.00||$77.50|
|Twin Otter (two person)||$65.00||$72.00|
Transporting Private Canoes & Kayaks
Bringing Your Own Canoe or Kayak? No problem! We’ll take you upstream 🙂
We will transport your personal canoe or kayak upstream to any of our regularly scheduled stops at our scheduled times.
- Canoe Transportation (Two Person) Weekday: $35.00; Weekend: $40.00
- Kayak Transportation (One Person) Weekday: $25.00; Weekend: $30.00
- Kayak Transportation (Two People) Weekday: $35.00; Weekend: $40.00
Canoe, Kayak & Paddle Board Equipment Sales
We are currently selling canoes, kayaks and paddle boards, prices vary depending on the condition of the equipment.
If you are in the market to buy, don’t be shy — give us a call. 732-269-1413 or 908-783-9884
Changing Rooms & Showers
Hot Shower & Dry Clothes! Yeah That’s the Ticket!
After a beautiful day on the creek — and maybe a dip or two in the water, who needs a soggy bottom as you drive home on the GSP? Not you! That’s why anyone renting a Kayak or Canoe is welcome to use our showers at the end of the day. (You do not need to be a registered overnight guest.) So go ahead, freshen up and put on some nice dry clothes. OR, make a day and a night of it and head out to the boardwalk for more fun!