By: Donna Macalle-Holly
The Lake Hopatcong Foundation, in cooperation with NJ Paddle, will host a series of narrated paddles on Lake Hopatcong in 2021.
Our first group paddle is on Saturday, June 12, starting at 10 am on Lake Hopatcong. Bring your own kayak or canoe and join Donna Macalle-Holly and Jeremy Travers as they lead you through the Byram Bay and Henderson Cove sections of the lake, along the shoreline of Hopatcong Borough and Jefferson Township. Along the way, Jeremy will share his knowledge of wildlife and birds while Donna will discuss lake history and lake ecology.
We hope you can join us for this group paddle as we explore and learn about New Jersey’s largest lake!
- Space is limited. Registration is required.
- Bring your own kayak or canoe.
- PFD must be worn.
- Restrooms are not available at the launch site or during the paddle.
- The launch site is an informal put-in on a gentle slope along a vegetated shoreline, not a dock or ramp.
- More details on meeting time and place will be shared with you after you register.
Cost: $25 donation
Duration: 2.5 hours
This paddle is filled to capacity and registration is now closed.
Donna Macalle-Holly has been boating and living on Lake Hopatcong for over three decades. As the grants and program director for the Lake Hopatcong Foundation, she is responsible for environmental, educational, and recreational programming at the Foundation. She is an avid paddler and oversees the Foundation’s Water Scouts program, which educates volunteers on how to identify and remove aquatic invasive species such as Water Chestnut. Donna and her husband Bruce live on Lake Hopatcong across from Liffy Island, which is preserved open space.
Jeremy Travers began paddling on Lake Hopatcong 35 years ago from his childhood home on Bertrand Island. Since then Jeremy has been exploring and documenting through video and photography all his paddling trips around NJ and around the country. Over the last nine years, he has spent time on the waters within the upper Musconetcong Watershed and surrounding lakes and sharing his outdoor experiences through social and digital media. Jeremy volunteers for the Lake Hopatcong Foundation and the Musconetcong Watershed Association and is a founding board member for the newly formed non-profit PEACENJ (People Enjoying Active Conservation of the Environment in NJ) in Hackettstown.
NJ Paddle was founded by Brian Garcia. Their website, NJPaddle.org, provides detailed maps of over 50 different paddle locations in New Jersey. They also have a large Facebook group of over 4k members, called the NJ Paddlers. They work by connecting the paddle community with local water-based, non-profit organizations.
Thank you to all who joined us for this group paddle, to Jeremy Travers for sharing his knowledge along the way, to NJ Paddle for cohosting with us, and to Rob Bond for creating this great little video from the day.