Traveling by boat is one of the best ways to reap the salutary effects of blue spaces like the Raritan. The main stem of the Raritan offers over 75 paddling miles occasionally interrupted by dams and weirs with the first (Island Farm Weir) approximately 20 miles upstream from the river’s mouth in Perth Amboy. Getting onto the river from land, however, can be a challenge. Much of the Raritan’s shoreline is privately held and thus not accessible, and many launch sites are poorly marked or lack parking. No comprehensive water trail map exists for the Raritan and its tributaries.
There are an estimated 71 launch sites on Raritan’s 75-miles of main stem. Existing launch sites are poorly marked, not well maintained, and lack parking. No comprehensive water trail map exists.