Delaware River (at Fort Mott State Park)

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Fort Mott Road
08070 Pennsville , NJ 39° 37' 13.7028" N, 75° 32' 1.7448" W

This is an irreplaceable, prime launch site. Kayaking groups should be kept small and unobtrusive in order to maintain access to this location. Kayakers paddle from Fort Mott at the pleasure of the superintendent, and need to be model users of the facility. The park itself is a gem, and well worth a visit in itself, along with neighboring Fort Delaware and Finn's Point National Cemetery. 
! Important note: Landing kayaks on Pea Patch Island, upon which Fort Delaware is located, is strictly forbidden. Take the ferry as a foot passenger to visit the island and fort.

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Launching considerations / restrictions:: 

Strong tidal currents. Commercial ship traffic in channel (tankers, freighters, tug-and-barge rigs, etc.). Ferry plying back and forth between Fort Mott, Fort Delaware, and Delaware City. Keep clear of all.

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Driving Directions: 
  • From North

    • Route 295 or NJ Turnpike South to last exit before Delaware Memorial Bridge.
    • South onto Route 49 (toward Salem), Go about 3 miles.
    • Right turn onto Fort Mott Road (sign for park at turn), go about 3 more miles.
    • Right into park, almost at end of road.
  • From South
    • On Route 49, heading west, approx 2 1/2 miles NW of Salem.
    • Left onto Harrisonville Lighthouse Road.
    • Left onto Fort Mott Road, then approx 1 mile to park.
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Parking Situation: 
No fees. Hard surfaced parking area, with access path over lawn to beach launch area. Best to use cart to transport kayaks to water, so as not to wear out good will of park authorities.
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Rest Rooms
Trash Receptacle