2023 Events

Sunday, January 8

Building a Birchbark Canoe

Our new friend Robin Moore shared his experience building a birchbark
canoe up in Canada. He brought the canoe as well as some raw materials such as birchbark rolls, cedar wood, jack pine roots,
etc. and some scale models of various tribal styles of canoes. He told a fascinating story of his experience which led to a lively discussion followed by a delicious potluck supper.

Click here for a gallery of images

Sunday, February 12

Canvassing a Canoe

All hands on deck are needed to help canvas Susan Christie’s wooden canoe. We will gather at the workshop of Al Bratton to learn some techniques and help Susan get this canoe back on the water

Click here for a gallery of images.

Sunday, March 12

Outdoor camp Cooking

Break out the dutch ovens and charcoal grills and bring your favorite camp recipe as we create and share delicious food cooked outdoors. We will gather at the home of Mike Black to cook and eat lots of tasty dishes with friends.

Event coordinator: Mike Black blackmikesue@aol.com

Saturday, April 15

Day Paddle in the Jersey Pine Barrens

We will paddle one of the winding, beautiful rivers in the Pine Barrens in South Jersey. After our paddling adventure, we will gather at the nearby home of Jennifer and Ed for a potluck dinner and good conversation

Saturday. May 6

Pocono Lake Preserve

Springtime is a beautiful time to paddle on this serene lake in the Poconos. And, there will be some good fishing opportunities as well! Chuck Kindt will host this event at a serene lake and a rustic lodge in Pocono Lake Preserve where we will gather after the paddle for some delicious barbeque.

Click here to see photos from the day.

Saturday, June 10

Beltzville Lake Day Paddle

Enjoy paddling with canoe friends on Beltzville Lake in Lehighton, PA, one of our favorite lakes to paddle.

Wednesday, June 21

Longest Day Paddle

We will take advantage of the extended evening light as we paddle on Lake Nockamixon in Quakertown, PA. First, a picnic dinner with friends, then out on the water to enjoy the sunset.

Tues, Jul 11 – Sun, July 16

WCHA Annual Assembly in the Adirondacks

This annual gathering of hundreds of canoe enthusiasts provides the perfect atmosphere for everything canoeing – building and restoration, paddling the pristine Adirondack Lakes, campfires, crafts and family fun, and friendship. Click here to see images from the 2022 Assembly.

For more information and registration, click here to access the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association website

Sat, Aug 19 – Sun, Aug 20

Delaware River and nearby lake in the Poconos

A day paddle on the Delaware River will be followed the next day with a short paddle on a nearby lake in the Pocono Mountains. There will be an opportunity to camp on the property of Jim’s sister for anyone who wants to stay overnight to take advantage of both paddles.

Event coordinator Jim Wilson PaddleJim48@gmail.com

Wednesday, August 30

Full Moon Picnic and Paddle

We will explore another area on Lake Nockamixon and enjoy the moonrise during an evening paddle in Quakertown, PA

Event coordinator: Al Bratton CanoeAl@aol.com

Sat, Sep 16 and/or Sun, Sep 17

North Jersey Paddling day trips

Paddle one river on Saturday, and another one on Sunday, or just do one or the other if you prefer! WCHA member Barclay will plan for a few fun days on the water.

Event coordinator: Barclay Foord foordmore@yahoo.com

Sat, Oct 7 – Sun, Oct 8

Annual Four-Chapter Gathering at Gifford Pinchot State Park

A great opportunity to connect with canoe friends from other chapters. There will be building demonstrations in the pavilion, and a beautiful lake to paddle or to hike along the shore.

Saturday, November 4

Day Paddle and Picnic in North Jersey

Leave it to Barclay to pick a great place to paddle, and to find a remote wooded area to pull the canoes out for an Octoberfest picnic under the trees.

Event coordinator: Barclay Foord foordmore@yahoo.com

Sunday, December 10

Holiday Party at Wilsons

Let’s wrap up the year with good food, good fun and good friends. We will share memories of our paddling adventures during the year as we watch a slide show of all the chapter’s events.

Event coordinator Jim Wilson PaddleJim48@gmail.com

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