Cedar Creek Trip
Jim, Betty, Emma, Joanne, Helen, Warren, Joan and Carole arranged the car
pool of three cars and got onto the Turnpike within a few minutes.
We continued to Exit 10 and transferred to the
Upon exiting we followed
According to Robert Parnes’
book, Canoeing the Jersey Pine Barrens, Cedar Creek is one of the purest of the
little rivers that flow through the
When the drivers had walked back to the bridge we pushed off into the quick moving little creek from our sandy beach. The gauge reading at the put in was 3.3 feet. We found that Cedar Creek is a typical Pine
Barrens river, flowing quickly over a meandering sandy channel. The creek is often narrow and the current flow tends to be really pushy on the outside of the bends. At this water level the customary sand and gravel bars that
accumulate on the inside of bends were comfortably covered with water. Some of our group still played the Swiss accountant role and paddled from bank to bank, being swept to the outside frequently. Others held tightly to the inside of the bends and made our way down without bumping branches except those hanging down from overhead.
The trip was a pleasant three hour run with a break on a sandy island for lunch. We took a short lunch hour to keep from running out of daylight.
There was a low head damn just above the route 9 bridge. Jim and Betty were in the lead at the time and decided to run the dam. They drove across the dam close to river left and bumped slightly as we crossed over.
Emma and Joanna slowed down as they crossed the dam and were sucked into the hole. Their boat rolled part way toward the dam and filled with water. The following boats quickly moved in to assist while Jim and Betty stood by downstream to assist in case they flushed out. Heat packs from the first aid kit and a change to dry clothes made the remaining quarter mile of the trip much more comfortable.
We took out at a small Lanoka Harbor beach where we had left the cars. The trip home was uneventful until we reached the northern end of the turnpike. Bridge traffic had backed up all the way to the route 46 exit. Fortunately we know our way through local roads.