Want to go canoeing or kayaking and don't have the gear? Micks is the answer. They offer one stop renting. Come in, pick out what type of watercraft you want, which river you want to explore, and how far you want to go. They'll get you your gear (including life jackets, paddles, etc), drop you off, and then pick you up at the end. If you have to cut your journey short, they'll pick you up at an earlier drop off point.
- Rent a dry sack for your lunch, keys, phone, etc. If you have something on you that can't get wet, it guarantees that you'll tip in at some point and ruin it.
- Reserve ahead of time on nice weekends, they do book up on occasion. I've never had them book up, but I usually boat in the offseason.
- You have a life jacket, wear it. People die on these rivers every few years. Plus, it's the law in state parks.
- Stick a few bills in your pocket to tip your drivers.
My suggestion is to canoe the Wading River. It winds its way through miles of love pine forest, cedar swamps, and through a few marshes. Just this year, I've spotted snakes, turtles, and plenty of birds. You'll pass under a few bridges too, which make nice markers. I usually canoe from Hawkin's Bridge to Bodine Field Campground (where I camp for the weekend). Hawkins to Evans is also a lovely run.
The river is usually pretty clear of obstacles (especially compared to the nearby Mullica), but this is a deceitfully quick river. Expect to crash into a few bushes and low hanging branches while you adapt to it's curves and pace.
I only have one complaint about Micks, which is the prices have been creeping ever upward over the years I've used them, especially since they absorbed their main competition - Pine Barrens Canoe Rental. The prices aren't outrageous, but they used to be a better deal.