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WASHINGTON CROSSING >> The public is invited to paddle the waters of the Delaware Canal on Sunday, July 29.

Two sessions of a two-mile boat trip will be offered. The first will take place from 10 a.m. to noon and the second from 1 to 3 p.m. Each will start near the General Sullivan Pavilion in the northern section of Washington Crossing Historic Park, River Road, New Hope. These gentle paddling trips are hosted by the Friends of the Delaware Canal and Delaware Canal State Park.

Kayakers and canoeists will discover the Delaware Canal from a new, in-water vantage point. State Park Educator Katie Martens will lead the paddle, which will venture south to the Bowman’s Hill stop gate and then north along the scenic wide-waters toward the town of New Hope. There will be plenty of wildlife to see and history to experience from the Revolutionary War and Canal eras.

Boaters may bring their own kayaks or canoes and personal floatation devices, or they may borrow the equipped kayaks that the State Park will have available. There will be 16 seats available on 12 single kayaks and 2 tandem kayaks. They will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration is required no later than July 23 by contacting the Friends at 215-862-2021 or friends@fodc.org. A $10 donation is requested if participants use State Park kayaks. For more information about this and other events, visit www.fodc.org.

Volunteers needed!

Join the Friends of the Delaware Canal on Sunday, August 5 for an “In-Water Canal Clean-Up Day.” This event will begin at 10 a.m. in the parking lot of the Bristol Amish Market, 498 Green Lane, Bristol 19007.

The trash and debris that lies just out of reach on the berm bank along the Canal is very frustrating. This Canal clean-up effort should be a fun and effective way to leap from being frustrated to being finished. It is a proven fact that a clean Canal stays cleaner!

Delaware Canal State Park educators will have their fleet of 12 kayaks at the Amish Market ready to go. In addition to the kayaks, paddles and personal floatation devices will also be available. The Friends are hoping to recruit at least 12 hearty kayakers and 6 on-land helpers to complete this effort. Volunteers are asked to bring their own gloves and come dressed ready to tackle wet work. Trash bags will be provided, along with refreshments.

If the water level is low in Bristol in early August, this clean-up event will take place at the Forks of the Delaware River in Easton. If the change is necessary, a notice will be posted on the Friends’ website at www.fodc.org.

If you can help, email friends@fodc.org or call 215-862-2021.

The Friends of the Delaware Canal is an independent, non-profit organization working to preserve, restore and improve the Canal and its surroundings.

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