Atsion Lake Paddle – Atsion Recreation Area, Wharton State Forest, Shamong, Burlington County, NJ
Distance: The lake is over a mile long and up to a 1/4 mile wide. Can also come in from the Goshen Pond area, which Dan kayaked in from (roughly two miles, one way). We did a mile and a half in two relatively short trips, and we didn’t even get more than halfway down the lake.
Type: Out and back
Difficulty: 4 of 10 – Middle of the lake lack of current can be a pain in the arms.
Total score: 6 of 10.
Fees – If putting in at Atsion, $10 on weekends and $5 on weekdays to get into the lake area (in season)
Rentals – A boat concession rents out canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, and pedal boats right at the put in at Atsion Lake. Cash only I believe!
Terrain – pine forests, marshes, beautiful lake.
Directions – Atsion Lake Recreation Area is located on Route 206 in Shamong, NJ. Drive straight down the driveway to the end of the parking lot, then turn left. The entrance to the boat launch is a small dirt road on your right (it’s labeled!). If bringing your own, drive down and drop your canoe/kayak off at the water, then come back to the lot to park. If renting, park your car before heading down the road.
Short road to boat launch.
Put ins – 39°44’23.37″N, 74°43’53.07″W (dock at Atsion Lake Recreation Area)
39°44’34.91″N, 74°45’25.66″W (Ephraim Road past Goshen Pond Camping Area) – Note – I haven’t done this in a canoe, so not sure if a canoe can make it down. A kayak definitely can.
Lake put in.
Standouts – birds and beautiful cedar water