Both the Feeder Canal and the Main Canal offer miles of scenic, easy boating for canoes and kayaks. Water levels are fairly consistent, offering flat water boating with slow to moderate currents. Primary safety considerations are low bridges, and locks, which often must be portaged around, and often steep banks when entering or exiting one's boat.  Properly fitted and closed life vests, aka PFDs, are recommend at all times. 

Canoes, kayaks and small boats may be launched at several access points along the canal. Boaters must portage at the locks and at some bridges. Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices must be available for each boater. Only electric motors may be used on the canal.

Access to the Delaware River is available at five launching sites:

Boat Launches are available from sunrise to sunset year round.
For boats launched on the Delaware River, there are no motor restrictions, however, all New Jersey boating regulations apply.
There are restrictions on boating and canoeing in the canal. Only electric motors, car top launch, and canoes are permitted, which, can be rented from private concessionaires in Griggstown and Princeton:
Canoes can be rented at the following locations:

  • Griggstown Canoe Rental  - 908-359-5970 
  • Princeton Canoe Rental  - 609-452-2403

    Call or visit online for additional information.

    BE AWARE: A Launch Ramp fee is in effect from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Canoes, kayaks, boats, vessels and personal watercraft (e.g. jet-skis) that are transported in any manner are subject to launch ramp fees. Required daily or annual permits can be purchased at the Bulls Island Main Office at 2185 Daniel Bray Highway, Stockton, NJ 08859. For further information, call 609-397-2949.

  • Launch Ramp Permit Information Sheet