photo: Peter Green
Osprey Family Photo Diary
Blue Crab - Patcong Creek is one of the best crabbing
locations in South Jersey - but don't let the secret out!
Many years ago, my first paddle up the Patcong
Creek was an astonishing confusing mix of exhilaration and
disappointment. The tidal marsh grasses harbored an entertaining mix
of singing redwing blackbirds and marsh wrens. An osprey snatched an
unsuspecting white perch. The banks were occupied by muskrats,
geese, ducks, oyster catchers, and various crabs & small aquatic
critters. The banks were also home to an unbelievably out of place
over-burden of trash.
So at odds with the serene sights of nature were the careless
castaways of irresponsible humans. Thankfully more responsible
individuals realized that the Patcong Creek inhabitants had little
use for old tires, shopping carts, dishwashers, car parts, trash
cans, bottles, cans and assorted discards. The annual Patcong Creek
Cleanup was born.
Thanks to the efforts of countless volunteers over the years, the
Creek is a peaceful and productive natural habitat quietly tucked
away in our own back yard. So much so that in past years there were two
nesting pair of Bald Eagles on the Creek. The parents in the western
nest managed to successfully raise & fledge THREE siblings! What a
treat for all of us to watch the care, growth and eventual in-flight
antics of these youngsters. A testament to the care & tireless
devotion of the parents as well as the health of the creek &
Join us in helping to maintain this pristine
tributary of the Great Egg Harbor River
The 2017 sweep will have 4 access points
(Hamilton Ave boat ramp, Poplar Ave bridge, Ocean Heights Ave,
Somers Point-Mays Landing Road)
You can help by working on foot along the banks
or from a boat along the waterway. Trash bags, pincers, gloves and
T-shirts will be provided. Free cleanup kayak rentals are available
from Paddle Shack. Reservations required - Contact the Shack to
arrange for your boat.
After clean up there will be a volunteer
appreciation barbecue featuring steamed crabs, hot dogs and soft
Linwood Registration & Release Form
Clean-up Kayaks Available
at No Charge
In support of the annual Patcong Creek Cleanup effort, Paddle Shack will
single and double kayaks at no charge to cleanup participants who have boat handling skills but lack a vessel.
Launch from our Patcong Creek location on
the morning of the cleanup. Although actual cleanup hours are
10am - 12noon, we will make boats available starting at 9am.
High Tide at the Shack will be 5:22am. Low
tide at the Shack will be at 12:02pm. Greatest ebb current will
be about 9am, but is moderate and easily negotiated.
For those wishing to launch from a
different location, you may pick-up your kayak at the Paddle
Shack the evening before the event or the morning of the event, and return that afternoon. All transportation is the responsibility of the cleanup participants.
Rentals include Single or Double Sit In &
Sit On Top Kayaks, paddles, PFDs.
Need a Kayak? Prior Reservation Is
Hypothermia Warning - Although the weather is warming nicely, the water temps are still cool - as always, it is the responsibility of participants to dress for immersion - just in case you go for an unintended swim!
Hypothermia Info : Click Here
Reservations/ Questions - Contact Paddle Shack
From the Linwood Environmental Commission
Clean up launch sites include: Somers Point-Mays Landing Road, Ocean Heights Avenue, Hamilton Avenue, and Poplar Avenue. Through the generosity of the
(tax payer funded) ACUA all the necessary cleanup supplies will be provided (i.e. tee shirts, bags, gloves, pickers, etc.). Bring your canoes or kayaks to head out into the creek or help out on land to clean up the banks of the Patcong Creek. Paddle Shack at Ocean Heights Ave & Patcong Creek is offering the use of kayaks free for the event with pre-registration.
Here is how you can get involved:
❖ Gather your friends, family, scout troop, faith group, business, club, team, neighborhood, youth group school or just yourself and make a commitment to improve your community.
❖ Register yourself, your family or your organization by May 17th by emailing Leigh Ann Napoli,
email@example.com or calling 609.927.4108 with your name, phone number, and how many volunteers you are registering.
❖ Someone will call you back to discuss which section your group will be cleaning (on water or land).
❖ Need a boat? Reserve a free kayak at the Paddle Shack in advance by emailing George at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 609.653.4FUN
❖ Arrive at 9 am at your designated area–rain or shine.
❖ At 12:30 - 1:30 pm enjoy a free picnic & crab fest, shark tooth hunt and awards ceremony
(largest recovered item, muddiest participant, most trash collected,
etc) Memorial Park in Linwood. Please feel free to bring Frisbees, soccer balls, kites, or other sports equipment.
Cleanup base location: Linwood Public Works Garage, 550 Hamilton Avenue
Contact: Clerk's Office at: 927-4108
Keep The Creek A Thriving Wildlife Habitat
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