Rose: Kayaking at Splitrock Reservoir

On Sunday, M and I drove to Splitrock Reservoir near Rockaway, N.J. for a little kayaking. This area was completely new to us, but after doing a bit of Google searching (mostly M – I just looked at the links!), it looked like the perfect spot. Boats aren’t allowed on the water, which, theoretically, should’ve meant more peaceful waters, and the local scenery is just gorgeous. It was a great place to hang for a day and do a bit of paddling.

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Our lunch spot, tucked away from the rest of the reservoir.

This was one of the most challenging kayaking trips I’ve ever gone on. I’m still quite new to the hobby, and I’m not nearly as seasoned as M, but I held my ground! We paddled from one end of the reservoir to the other, which took us several hours. All told, we kayaked over seven miles! Check out our route below.

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While these open waters were turbulent, I still enjoyed the peacefulness of the area. The reservoir is surrounded by small mountains and rock cliffs. We saw a lot of people kayaking, fishing and even jumping from the cliffs into the water. If I go back, I definitely plan on taking my bathing suit. Whether I’m brave enough to jump is another story 🙂

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I have really taken a liking to my new hobby. I plan to kayak most weekends, if possible, and maybe even go for a paddle on an evening night here and there. It provides me with a great arm workout, allows me to spend quality time with M and clears my mind + spirit. If you haven’t tried it, you should!

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