Pequest - US Rt 46, Great Meadows to Delaware River

Pequest, New Jersey, US


US Rt 46, Great Meadows to Delaware River

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 14 Miles

Park Island rapid

Park Island rapid
Photo taken 05/05/10 @ low runnable level

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Pequest River at Pequest NJ
usgs-01445500 200 - 1000 cfs I-II 00h18m 474 cfs (running)

River Description

Stephen Strange contributes:
"The Pequest is a pretty class-II stream. At moderate levels it's a good beginner run which runs along a road and has plenty of access for short runs, or if there is a problem. There is an old diversion weir above Belvidere which is runnable but has a pretty strong hole which a beginner might want to look at. Their are also two dams in Belvidere which aren't really runnable, so boaters need to take out and carry through the middle of town for about 50 yds if they want to run the last rapid. The last drop is a nice class II and it is worth the carry; in fact, it's kind of fun to wait at the crosswalk in a small town with a boat on your shoulder."

Directions (also from Stephen Strange):
The Put-ins for the Pequest are numerous, but the most common is where Rte. 46 crosses the river in Great Meadows.
The last take-out is about a hundred yards down the Delaware on River Left. There is a fishermen's access. It has parking, and a trail to the water. This is also a good put-in if you're going to run the "Foul Rift" section of the Delaware. The Parking area is at the end of "Front St." See also Ed Gertler's book.

Lat/longitude coords are approximate, from TopoZone.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2010-05-07 02:15:22


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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November 14 2009 (3354 days ago)
dave carterDetails
when paddling the pequest, make sure to stop @ johnny's hot dogs (or hot dog johnny's depending on
who you ask) it's riverfront just south of where rt. 519 crosses rt. 46. they have the best hot
dogs in the state, yes even better than rutt's hut!