Still under construction, this web site is dedicated to providing information on quite water paddling locations in NJ, as well as the southeastern portion of PA. As of 1999, there were no books covering this topic. There is a series of books about quite water canoeing, but NJ is not covered, and the PA book is outdated and incomplete. Even when there are books published about NJ locations, they focus too much on history. WHO CARES! If you are like me, you want the critical facts about the lake:
Issues such as how to shop for boats, paddles, dry suits, and other gear will eventually be covered, but for now the focus is establishing this site as a NJ-eastern PA paddling location repository.
Personal Background: I live near Trenton, so written directions will be 'Trenton-centric'. And since most of my paddling has been in sea kayaks, all writings are from a kayaking perspective. As far as I know, canoeists and kayakers have the same requirements, but if not, I would hope that some of you canoeists will tell me what type of info to include.
Originally developed in Microsoft's FrontPage 2000. Due to performance issues with this web site and FrontPage itself, I began rewriting the web site in HTML. Even viewing this site, using a cable modem, the download time of some of the pages in the FrontPage 2000 version was noticeable; NO MORE FrontPage 2000!!!
For now, the site is a combo of ASP, HTML, & SQL Server 2005, with the focus on supporting on the latest versions of Internet Explorer. The eventual goal is to migrate to ASP.NET. But the immediate goal is to add content.
|PLEASE send any comments and criticisms about this web site to firstname.lastname@example.org. I welcome all of the feedback that I can get.|
|Easter 2010||Added a boat rental section to the Marsh Creek page; other sites will follow in time. Since changing web hosts, the filtering & sorting on the Table of Locations page has not worked ... so it has been indefinitely disabled until I get around to fixing it.|
|Mon, 7-Sep-2009||Revamped the Miscellaneous page to include links to pictures of the some of the group trips.|
|Mon, 24-Aug-2009||Added the Wading River.|
|Wed, 17-Jun-2009||Added the new section to the Round Valley page: Hours of Operation. There are times that you feel like paddling at off hours, and who wants to waste a drive, only to find out that they are not allowed to paddle. This section will be added to the other location pages, as they are updated.|
|Sun, 2-Sep-2007||Added the Great Egg Harbor Bay.|
|Mon, 27-Aug-2007||Added the Mullica River.|
|Sun, 1-Apr-2007||Changed the file extension of 7 shore-related web pages from .HTM to .ASP, for maintenance purposes. Apologies to those who had links to these pages.|
The state of NJ has entered the 21st century: The Round Valley parking permit is available online.
Changed the primary font from Euromode, which few people have, to Tahoma (most Microsoft Windows users have this font). Over time, I will get around to reformatting the paragraphs on the entire web site.Added a picture page for Marsh Creek.
|Thu, 23-Nov-2006||Added another page for the Delaware-Raritan Canal; Rocky Hill area. Each launch area of the canal will have their page.|
|Sun, 28-May-2006||Added a 'Water Type' filter to the filter page. This filters the Table of Locations as either Bays, Lakes, or Tidal Rivers.|
|Mon, 22-May-2006||Revamped the bay pages, giving each launch location a separate page, versus grouping all of a bay's launch locations on a single page. Hovering over a county will now give the GPS coordinates of the launch location. And the 'Last Visited' column is now displayed when the mouse hovers over the title.|
|Sat, 15-May-2004||Updated the fee info for the PA state parks and Round Valley. (The former was SO BAD, that after a recent trip to Marsh Creek, I wasn't sure that I had a valid permit!) From now on, the Lake Nockamixon page will contain the PA launch permit info, and other PA state park lakes will reference it.|
|Sun, 6-Apr-2003||Added more photos for Farrington Lake, and added photo pages for Lake Lenape, Merrill Creek, Spruce Run, and the Thimble Islands. Picture sizes have expanded to a maximum width of 1280 pixels, and a height of 1024 pixels. And after a situation where I couldn't find the links to my web photos, I put a camera icon in the Table of Locations, and the description pages, whereever there is a link to pictures. (Except for the Miscellaneous page.)|
|Thu, 26-Dec-2002||Removed the link to the Hunterdon County Canoe Club. The web site is not being maintained.|
|Sun, 1-Dec-2002||Added Little Egg Harbor.|
|Sat, 3-Aug-2002||Changed the link color from lime to fushsia. (Given the rest of the color scheme, lime did't cut it. Any UI experts have a better idea, given the color scheme of the rest of the web site?) Also changed the colors on the Links page, because dark purple on a white background was an idiotic color scheme.|
|Fri, 26-Jul-2002||Added Prospertown Lake. Changed the entry for Great Bay to Little Bay.|
|Fri, 28-Jun-2002||Added Barnegat Bay. For now, the focus is on the vicinity of Berkeley Island, but this will expand.|
|Sun, 12-May-2002||Added Carnegie Lake.|
|Sun, 28-Apr-2002||Made changes to accommodate IE6; paragraphs were not breaking correctly, 'less than or equal' wasn't showing up either.|
|Sun, 17-Mar-2002||Sorting is fully operational on the Table of Locations filter page. Only the 'Launch Facilites' field is not sortable.
Tried to disable the sort options whenever the user entered ANYTHING in the 'Distance' edit box, but the onchange & onblur events didn't always fire as expected, so I scraped the idea for now.
|Sat, 16-Mar-2002||Changed the text background (in most areas of the site), from the water drop pattern to black or white, to make the site easier to read. Thanks to Christina Krosche & Chris DePalma for pointing out my poor color selection.
Added sorting to the Table of Locations filter page. 2 more fields need to be added.
|Sat, 9-Feb-2002||Added Crosswicks Creek & the Metedeconk River.|
|Sat, 5-Jan-2002||The Filter Options now includes all of the filter criteria. Sorting is still defaults to the name of the location. (Unless the distance criteria is in use.) Sorting options will go in at some future date.|
|Thu, 3-Jan-2002||The Distance Filter now includes a list of city locations, as an alternate method for entering the latitude & longitude.|
|Mon, 31-Dec-2001||Table of Locations.ASP now has an optional filter that allows the user to specify a latitude, longitude, and distance from those coordinates. The list of locations is sorted based on their proximity to the specified coordinates. (And only those locations that are within a specified radius are listed.)|
Also, this table is now ordered from recent to least recent changes.
|Tue, 18-Dec-2001||Changed my E-mail address. email@example.com will be valid until at least the start of Spring 2002, but will be gone by summer.|
|Fri, 23-Nov-2001||Added a map of JSSKA's Litle Egg Harbor trip to the Miscellaneous page.|
|Fri, 2-Nov-2001||Added meta tags in some of web pages, in an effort to have this web site found by the search engines.|
|Fri, 19-Oct-2001||Fixed the problem with the 'black gaps'.|
|Wed, 17-Oct-2001||Changed the link buttons, at the top of most pages, to image anchors. These links only worked if you clicked in the black area around the text, not the text itself. (There is still a problem with 'black gaps', but I'll fix that later.)
Added Marsh Creek.
|Thu, 11-Oct-2001||Completed the HTML rewrite of the web site. No more FrontPage 2000!!!! Though easy to get started on, FrontPage 2000 crashed frequently & created slow-to-load HTML code. HomeSite 4.5.2 is now being used, but deployment is being handled through Internet Explorer 5.x.|
|Mon, 1-Oct-2001||Added a link to NY Harbor closing info, on the Links page.|
|Sat, 22-Sep-2001||Added Thimble Islands and photos of NY Harbor. Certain locations in the Table of Locations will not be documented, such as Mountain Lake.|
|Wed, 4-Apr-2001||Added maps to Lake Mercer & Merrill Creek.|
|Sun, 1-Apr-2001||Added photos and a map to Farrington Lake. The number of photos per location will be restricted based on location size:
|Mon, 19-Mar-2001||Added Lake Luxembourg (a.k.a. Core Creek) and a map for Round Valley.|
|Sun, 18-Mar-2001||Added information about getting PA boating permits. The Links page now has meaningful names.|
|Thu, 8-Mar-2001||Added Lake Mercer, Manasquan Reservoir, and Merrill Creek. Also added hyperlink references, to tie location pages together, without having to go through the Table of Locations page.|
|Tue, 27-Jun-2000||The Table of Locations page, now includes a link to a Table of Prohibited Locations. Also added pages for Round Valley, Lake Nockamixon, and Farrington Lake. There is also a Miscellaneous page, which includes info about Garmin GPS's.|
|Tue, 18-Apr-2000||In the Table of Locations page, I added a link to page describing Spruce Run. Other locations will get their own page. Eventually these pages will include maps and finally pictures.|
|Tue, 4-Jan-2000||Initial draft of www.graphitepaddle.com on the Internet. It was created, using FrontPage 2000.|