A flow-dependent boulder garden in between Califon and High Bridge in Lebanon Township, New Jersey and described here. At lower levels, it is a technical Class II river. At higher levels, it is mostly waves and holes. Be on the lookout for strainers, especially near the two islands.
River Classification: II, III
Nearest City and State: High Bridge NJ
Minimum Water Flow Level: 7 feet on the gauge near High Bridge.
Maximum Water Flow Level: 12 feet
Put-in is at Hoffman’s Crossing Road near 167 Raritan River Rd, Califon, NJ 07830. Takeout is on the south east corner of Lake Solitude near 7 Raritan River Rd, High Bridge, NJ 08829.
Medical Emergencies Morristown Medical Center and St. Luke’s Hospital in Easton, PA, are each about 30 minutes away
Evacuation Plan A gravel road, closed to traffic most of the way, parallels the river on river left.
Lebanon Fire Department (908-236-2792) and South Branch Emergency Services (908-735-4012) are both nearby. Cell service is available.