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Kayaking (Upstream) in the Pine Barrens

Last update: June 18, 2017

Exploring the Greenwood Branch

By Ken Relentless

18 Jun  2017

The Greenwood Branch is a river that runs from a swamp in Brenden T. Byrne State Forest where the Pole Bridge Branch and Mount Misery Brook combine to the North Branch Rancocas Creek. The Pole Bridge Branch flows from Country Lake, Mount Misery Brook from south of Route 70 in the other section of Byrne. This river could not be more different from the Batsto, Oswego, Wading and the Tulpehocken. Houses and summer cabins line this river. It also traverses mostly maple swamp. The water is black with sediment and the swamp smells bad, like rotten eggs in places. It reminds me a lot of the Great Egg Harbor River if nothing else. Neither is the Greenwood Branch narrow and shallow like the streams in the Wharton State Forrest. The average depth seemed to be about 4 to 5 feet with no banks to pull out.

We put in at dam (green marker) on Four Mile Road in New Lisbon. Our goal was to reach Greenwood Bridge Road, but we never even reached the boundary of Byrne. Although we cleared a number of fallen trees and branches on this stream, one of the fallen trees blocking our path was too large for our razor-tooth saws and marked our furthest point (red dot). Late in the day, we turned back.

This run is measured at about 1.9 miles.

Due to the fairly strong current on this river, I was not able to take a lot of photos with my Samsung Galaxy S5 phone. One of the high points was this large spider that got into Don's boat, probably during the clearing of a mess of branches of two fallen trees blocking our path. I took this photo of it after Don got it out of his boat and into the water. He did not want to be bitten by this thing!

The 06/18/2017 river trip

Huge spider after ejection from Don's kayak. At least it could swim.
Don getting ready dump the water out of his boat.
The downstream run.
Another shot during the downstream run.
Arethusa at the pond by the dam on Four Mile Road. More of these flowers were found along the upstream banks.