Nestled in the heart of Wharton State Forest, the Batsto River offers a significant history of Revolutionary times. The Batsto River is a tributary of the Mullica River. Although the most runable section of the Batsto River is within walking distance of the Mullica River, you would then imagine the two rivers are alike. Farthest from the truth. The Batsto River is far less accessible; perfect for those seeking solitude. The marshland of the Batsto River is different with less sandy beaches and amplifies itself through more extensive cedar forest. The Batsto River offers more cedar trees; the tallest in the Pine Barrens than any other river in the Pinelands.
The Batsto River can be a leisurely paddle where turns are gentle and a sense of serenity can be found. Upstream, fragrances carpet the air from water and yellow lilies and additionally there is limited wood debris. The conditions can morph into swamp-like and vegetation becomes thick along water’s edge adding frequent twists. Foliage passes through a long transition almost submissive for a great display and variety. Here you want to sit quietly perhaps paddle slowly and wait for birdlife to come to you. As you passage to the upper end of the Batsto Lake, you lead down a corridor bounded by several islands of bushes, cedars and lily pads with the occasional perched frog. Boat access to the historical Batsto Village is absent however; just prior a dam forms this Batsto Lake. From this point a stream continues on for a few miles before its confluence with the Mullica River at the “Forks”.