Passaic River/Newark Bay

North Arlington to Bayonne

Thursday, December 30, 2010

distance: 10 miles

weather: sunny, 21°F

kayakers: Bruce Taterka, Jürgen Englerth, John Courain

put-in: 09:00a

finish: 12:40p

This was the last leg of our project "Passaic River - Source to Mouth".
John Courain, who grew up in the Meadowlands, joined us on this trip through his home turf.

Our plan was to start where we stopped on our last trip, but when we got to the boathouse in Lyndhurst, we found an impenetrable mass of ice where we expected a river. So we drove down a short distance to the boathouse at the Belleville Turnpike.

Near the open drawbridge above Newark, we encountered more ice. Both banks were either heavily bulkheaded or fenced off, so we fought our way through the ice.

The famous "Newark Beach" lies right beneath NJPAC.

The Passaic runs right through downtown Newark, but access to the river is almost non-existent.

The Pulaski Skyway.

We landed on the mudflats that separate the mouths of the Passaic and the Hackensack and celebrated the completion of our journey down the Passaic with some Budweisers.

Upon closer inspection we found out that we were standing on a garbage dump. Welcome to the Meadowlands...

Crossing Newark Bay toward Bayonne.

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