C/O Jim Mc Loone

37 Westview Drive

Bergenfield, NJ 07621-3348

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            The Wanda Canoe club was established around 1900 and now numbers about 40 members.  Wanda members have played active leadership and athletic roles in the ACA, national, international and Olympic programs.   Today, much of our  effort is in the Marathon program.  Mostly though, we enjoy paddling for fun and fitness, river running, and canoe camping.  To facilitate such a varied program the club maintains a small fleet of recreational canoes and a few Olympic canoes and kayaks, at our Hackensack River boathouse in Ridgefield Park.  These are available for use by members and their guests.

 The warmer months often find some of these boats moved to  the ACA Atlantic Division camp Lake Sebago in the Harriman Interstate Park where they are sometimes used in competition.  Wanda Canoe Club gave up their cabin in 2006.  Wanda members can enjoy swimming, sailing, non-powered boating, and hiking at the facility provided that they are also ACA members, or guests.  ACA Camp guest fee policies apply.

            The cruising committee generally runs a white water trip each March, April, September and October.  The warm months will also have at least one family rated trip with an occasional white water cruise as an added feature.  Our club has run week long summer cruises in the wilderness of the Adirondack lakes, Minnesota's Boundary Waters, Ontario's Lake Temagami and Maine's Allagash Wilderness Waterway and Pennsylvania�s Clarion River, a mild and scenic river, abutting the Allegheny National Forest.  

            From Memorial Day until Labor Day, Wanda club members meet each Thursdayy evening (tide levels permitting)  for fun and fitness cruises on the Hackensack River.  In addition to these popular cruises, we sometimes do a July 4th fireworks cruise.

  Wanda has sponsored the ACA Atlantic Division Marathon Championships for the past several years right on the Hackensack River.  Members who wish to train within the Olympic Flat Water discipline will be able to paddle throughout most of the year.     

   Potential members are encouraged to paddle with us at the boathouse or on a cruise.  If you can't do that then visit a couple of our business meetings on the second Friday of each month.  Contact Helen Yeisley, 201-836-8139 for details.  We generally ask folks to visit with us at least twice before we accept their application.

            Associate cruising membership in Wanda costs $25.00.  Active membership is $50.00 for an individual, and $60 for husband and wife.  Our initiation fee is $12.00.  Although we are no longer an ACA affiliate club we encourage our members to support organized paddling by joining the ACA as individual or family members.


      From Rt. 46 take the Main St. Ridgefield Park exit and head North.  At the second light, (Mount Vernon Street), turn left and go down the hill toward the river.  After crossing the tracks, take an immediate right onto Industrial Avenue and look for the DPW property on the left, the equivalent of about three blocks ahead.  The Wanda building is to the left of the gravel parking lot between the DPW buildings.    Click HERE for an overhead view.   




(revised 5/14//16)