A group of people in tandem kayaks on the river.

Saturday Free Boating on Hold

Hi, river enthusiasts! Our popular Saturday Free Boating is ON HOLD for the 2021 season.

For the past 6 years, our Saturday program has been run by a cohort of trained Boathouse volunteers and high schoolers in our Denkyem River Guides program. Due to the disruptions caused by the pandemic, our volunteer numbers took a big hit. In addition, the Denkyem River Guides are just starting to get vaccinated and it will be a number of weeks before they will be able to begin their safety training.

It will take a few months to recruit and train enough volunteers and staff to run our boating programs at full capacity. We are very proud of our safety record. We will only resume boating programs once we are able to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all guests.


If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Danielle Redden at 215-729-5281 ext 113 or danielle@bartramsgarden.org. Volunteers are required to receive training (provided by Bartram’s Garden) and commit to a minimum number of hours. Benefits for this commitment include access to our fleet of boats and fishing equipment for personal use.


In the meantime, we are able to offer small group boating excursions and classes for our Southwest neighbors and partner organizations. If you live within this area and would like to be added to a text list letting you know about our boating opportunities for Southwest neighbors, please contact Danielle Redden (see contact information above).

An adult and 2 children ride in a kayak.
An adult and two children ride in a tandem kayak.


Interested in fishing? We have rods and tackle available for free loan from our Welcome Center (open Monday – Saturday, 9AM – 4PM) plus a live bait vending machine!


Our recently expanded dock is public space for everyone to enjoy every day. You are welcome to fish, hang out by the river, or launch your own boat.

Dock expansion with accessible boat launches.
Our dock expansion features a lower platform and accessible boat launches.


Here are other local opportunities to get out on the water:

  • Kayak Trips on Delaware River’s Back Channel: The Center for Aquatic Sciences in Camden offers guided kayak excursions on a peaceful section and beautiful section of the Delaware River, launching from Pyne Poynt Park in Camden. $25 per person.
  • Paddle Penn’s Landing: The Independence Seaport Museum offers 1/2 hour kayak, swan boat or rowboat rentals every day starting 5/28. $10 per person, $4 for ACCESS card holders.
  • Kayak Tours of Schuylkill: Schuylkill Banks offers kayak tours, leaving from Walnut Street Dock to Fairmount Dam and back. $40 – $50 a person
  • Tandem Kayaking on the Delaware: Located on the Delaware in the Northeast, Glen Foerd is an estate and park that offers guided kayaking trips. $80 per sit-on-top tandem kayak (seats two people), every Saturday.

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