The magnificent Crosswicks Creek feeds the Delaware River at the Bordentown Beach. It runs well into central New Jersey and it’s tributary, Doctor’s Creek, meets Spring Lake at Roebling Park in Trenton.
The creek is tidal with swings of up to 9+ feet. It runs through the historic Abbott Marshlands and below the Bordentown Bluffs where the noted Bonaparte Estate existed.
This quiet stretch of water is home to numerous bird, fish, mammal and floral species. It’s a great place for canoes and kayaks with put-ins at the Bordentown Beach and Spring Lake in Trenton.
D&R (Delaware & Raritan) Canal and Towpath
Adjacent to the Crosswicks Creek and starting at Bordentown Beach is the beginning of the historic D&R Canal, accessible by canoe or kayak. Lock 1 is still in place and a replica of the original swing bridge (recently constructed) is just beyond the opening. The towpath (now open all the way to Trenton) can be reached by the pedestrian walkway across the light rail tracks. Below is a link to a documentary about the canal produced in 1974. It’s an interesting 30 minute film of the canal’s history from 1830 to its closure in 1932. Thanks to the NJ Public Broadcasting Authority for finding this in their archives and digitizing it for preservation.
Historic Bordentown City Photos.
Bordentown Beach Redevelopment…. Making it more accessible to local residents and visitors. Besides being one of the finest boat launches serving the Delaware River and the Crosswicks Creek, the beach is now even more compatible with nature viewing and family fun.