Paddle Trek

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There is still time to participate in the 2021 Paddle Trek on Saturday, July 31st.  Day of, in person registration will be held at the start of the Trek (payment by cash or checks only).


About the Paddle Trek

The 30 Mile River Watershed Association will host its 12th Annual Paddle Trek on July 31, 2021. We hope you will join us for all or just a part of this 15-mile guided paddle from Mt. Vernon Village to Wayne Village, traveling along many of the lakes and streams that together form the “30 Mile River.” Beginning on Minnehonk Lake at Mt. Vernon’s Town Beach (meeting at 7AM), the trip route continues down and through Hopkins Pond, Hopkins Stream, Taylor Pond, Echo Lake and its Mill Pond, Lovejoy Pond, Lovejoy Stream, Pickerel Pond, and Pocasset Lake, ending in Wayne Village’s Mill Pond (usually close to 2:30PM).

Important note – Shuttle change for 2021: We will not be providing van shuttles this year to avoid placing participants together in a close space. Our focus is on ensuring that everyone feels safe and comfortable. Paddle Trekkers will need to provide their own transportation back to their starting point. If that is not possible, we will have volunteers available to transport a limited number of drivers in your group back to their cars. You must sign up for this in advance when you register.

Fitness required: To ensure an optimal experience, participants must be fit enough to carry their own kayak/canoe at portages. Portages can be up to 300 yards long on rough ground. Paddle Trekkers from previous years have described this event as very challenging, but rewarding.

How it Works

The event is split into four parts – with the option of paddling one, two, three or all four parts. Paddlers may join the group at any of the three meeting points:

  • Minnehonk Town Beach, Mt. Vernon
  • Echo Lake Boat Launch, Mt. Vernon
  • Lovejoy Pond dam, North Wayne

Paddlers may end at three locations: 

  • Echo Lake Boat Launch, Mt. Vernon
  • Lovejoy Pond dam, North Wayne
  • Memorial Park, Wayne Villagec

Registration fees are as follows: 

Adults: $30
Teens (13-17): $15
Children (12 and under): FREE

Paddle Trek Schedule (times are approximate):

Time Details
7:00-7:30 AM Meet at the Minnehonk Public Beach (Mt. Vernon Village – across from the fire station). Check-in/register, unload boats and gear, and inspect boats for invasive plants
7:30 AM Welcome and overview of the day.
7:45 AM Part 1: Minnehonk, Hopkins Pond, Hopkins Stream, to Taylor Pond Boat Launch (at the Chimney in West Mt. Vernon)
9:00 AM For those beginning the trip with Part 2 – meet at the Echo Lake public boat launch (at Chimney) for a boat inspection and meeting with trip leaders for overview.
9:15 AM Part 2: Echo Lake to Rt. 17 near Fayette Country Store. We will depart together. 
11:00 AM Part 3: Lovejoy Pond. Start from behind Fayette Country Store.
12:30 PM Lunch break in North Wayne near dam. Please bring your own lunch. Porta potty will be available.
1:00 PM Part 4: Lovejoy Stream, Pickerel Pond, Pocasset Lake
2:30 PM End at Memorial Park in Wayne, across the dam from Tubby’s Ice Cream.  Free cone to all finishers!


There are five portages during the trip. Portages cross private property. Landowners have generously given permission for us to cross their land for this trip only, not for future trips by those doing it on their own. Portages are up to 300 yards long and are difficult for some people. To ensure an optimal experience, participants must be fit enough to carry their own kayak/canoe at portages. It works best when everyone works together, pairing up with others. In the past, a few people have used kayak/canoe dolly carts to pull their boats across the portages. If you have one of those, you may want to bring it.

*There may be poison ivy on some of the portages, so beware.

Important Notes:

  • Please do not paddle ahead of the group. We don’t want anyone getting lost.
  • Please help us protect the lakes from invasive plants by inspecting your boat for any plant material before you enter and when you leave each lake. This applies to each part of the trip.
  • Bring lunch, lots of water, sunscreen, a lifejacket, and sturdy footwear for portages and stream-walking (NOT flip-flops or Crocs).
  • Paddling the whole trip will be strenuous and is not recommended for everyone.


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2016 Paddle TrekPhotos courtesy of Dale M Clark, Sue Knorr, and Josh Robbins

2015 Paddle TrekPhotos courtesy of Josh Robbins

2014 Paddle Trek – Photos courtesy of Josh Robbins

2012 Paddle Trek – Photos courtesy of Jim Anderberg (opens in new window)

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